Preps roundup: Rifle girls drop 45-24 hoops contest to visiting GJ Tigers; Bears wrestlers fall at Moffat |

Preps roundup: Rifle girls drop 45-24 hoops contest to visiting GJ Tigers; Bears wrestlers fall at Moffat

Rifle's Alex Guardado gets the pin in the 195-pound match versus Moffat County in Craig on Thursday evening, for the Bears only non-forfeit match win. Alejandro Robles was given the heavyweight match win by forfeit.
Andy Bockelman/Craig Press

After a tough 50-30 loss at 5A Grand Junction Central on Thursday, the Rifle girls basketball team had a chance at another 5A team from Mesa County at home Friday night.

The outcome was much the same, as the visiting Tigers dominated from the start, opening a 22-8 halftime lead en route to the 45-24 win.

“Junction is a tough team, and they played well,” Rifle coach Eric Caro said. “Coach (Sam) Provenza does a great job.

“Our girls are still experiencing some growing pains, as this is only the second time we’ve finished a game with a whole roster,” Caro added, referencing some injury concerns for the Bears team. “They are working hard, but I have to push the right buttons.”

Sophomore Jamie Caron led the Bears with 9 points, while junior Mackenzie Elizardo had 5.

Rifle (1-7 overall) travels to Montrose on Tuesday, before hosting rival Glenwood Springs to open the 4A Western Slope League schedule next Friday.


Moffat County 58, Rifle 12

Traveling to Moffat County on Thursday evening, the Rifle High wrestling team got their points with a forfeit for heavyweight Alejandro Robles and a pin for Alex Guardado (195 pounds).

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