Prep Sports Roundup
BASALT, Colorado ” Coming off an 11-point win against Cedaredge on Friday, the Coal Ridge Titan boys beat Basalt 63-33 on Saturday.
The first half was high-flying, Titans coach Paul Harvey said, while the second was more of a slugfest. Offensively, the Titans (9-1 overall, 6-1 in the 3A Western Slope League) seemed to lose focus when a number of possessions ended with one pass and a shot, Harvey said.
Coal Ridge had a 20-10 lead after one, and went into halftime with a 31-19 lead over the Longhorns (2-8, 2-5). Basalt managed only seven points in each of the last two quarters.
Andy Smedra had 21 points to lead the Titans and Eric Schmitz added 17 more. Most of Schmitz’s scoring came in the first quarter when he had 13 points, nine from 3-pointers. David Gruenefeldt had 16 points for Basalt and Scott Tranton had eight of his own.
The Titans take on the Grand Valley Cardinals (6-3, 4-3) at home on Tuesday, while the Longhorns take on Gunnison (3-5, 2-3) at home on Friday.
BASALT, Colorado ” Back-to-back road games for the Coal Ridge Titan girls didn’t end well, as they lost to Cedaredge and Basalt over the weekend.
Saturday in Basalt, Coal Ridge (6-4 overall, 4-3 3A WSL) had the game in its hands, but the Longhorns (5-5, 5-2) put up a 20-12 fourth quarter advantage for a 45-43 win.
Morgan Jessup led the Titans with 15 points, Kelly Romero added seven points on 5-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line, and Kaitlin Moeller had six points.
Titans coach Rick Schmitz said his team has to take care of the ball better, not give up so many turnovers and just be more consistent on both ends of the court.
On Friday, the Titan girls were behind most of the game against Cedaredge and ended up losing 45-41.
The Titans were outscored in all but the fourth quarter when they tallied 19 points, but they still came up just short.
Cedaredge had 14 points from Rachelle Lishein and nine from Caitlin Walker.
Jessup led the way for Coal Ridge with 10 points, followed by eight points from both Matraisa Beecraft and Tori Verdieck.
The Titans face Grand Valley at home on Tuesday. To keep their league record above .500, they’ll have to attack the Cardinals’ full-court pressure and be under control, Schmitz said.
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