Coal Ridge boys, both Glenwood teams post hoops wins

Roaring Fork High School point guard Graham Pietch takes a shot against the Coal Ridge Titans on Tuesday. Roaring Fork lost to Coal Ridge 48-27.
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The Coal Ridge boys basketball team took a big step toward making a play for the 3A Western Slope League title with a 48-27 win on the road at Carbondale’s Roaring Fork High Tuesday night.

The Titans (14-4 overall, 7-1 league) opened it up early, taking a 22-11 lead into the locker room at halftime, then continued to pour it on in the second half.

Senior Austin Gerber led the Titans with 12 points, followed by junior Daniel Sanchez with 11 and junior Andrew Herrera with 10.

The convincing win keeps Coal Ridge on pace with league-leading Gunnison, also at 7-1. Thursday games at Moffat County for Coal Ridge and for Gunnison at home versus Delta will determine the league title.

Scenario: If Gunnison wins, the Cowboys take league. But if Coal Ridge wins and Delta pulls off the upset, the Titans prevail.

Roaring Fork falls to 5-13 overall and 4-4 in league with the loss.

On the girls side, Roaring Fork had the upper hand, claiming the 61-50 win over Coal Ridge. The Rams controlled the first half of play, opening a 31-21 lead at the half, before the Titans made a play with a 19-10 run in the third. Roaring Fork battled back with 20 points in the fourth to secure the win.

The Rams improve to 12-6 overall and 6-2 in league behind undefeated Delta and 7-1 Cedaredge. Coal Ridge moves to 10-8 and 4-4.

Demons stay undefeated in WSL

Both Glenwood Springs teams handled visiting Battle Mountain Tuesday night to stay undefeated atop the 4A Western Slope League.

The girls won 53-27 and the boys held up their end of the dual undefeated league seasons for the Demons with a 54-41 win.

Glenwood’s boys and girls teams both improve to 19-3 overall and a perfect 11-0 in league.

Glenwood sophomore Kenzie Winder dribbles around Battle Mountain’s Alden Pennington during the 53-27 Demons win Feb. 18 at GSHS.
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For the ladies, senior Natalya Taylor led the Demons with 12 points, and fellow senior Qwynn Massie had 8. Battle Mountain juniors Gabriela Caballero and Gianna Carroll scored 12 each for the Huskies.

“Everyone put in full effort tonight,” Glenwood girls coach Rhonda Moser said. “We feel like we haven’t won league until we win out. We still have a job to do. Now we’re in the third-quarter stretch, and the fourth quarter starts in the playoffs.”

Also Tuesday night, the Rifle girls lost 44-23 at Eagle Valley, and the Rifle boys won a close one, 68-66 over the Devils. The Bears battled back from being down one point to close out the third quarter, outscoring Eagle Valley 18-15 in the fourth to improve to 10-11 overall and 3-7 in the 4A league.

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