Red-hot Rams roll even closer to sweep
The Roaring Fork boys and girls are closing in on a sweep of the 3A Western Slope League.Both squads remained undefeated in league play Friday with wins at Gunnison and can clinch the league titles with one more victory.In the boys game, Roaring Fork (9-0, 13-3) got 17 points from Christian Tena and another 11 from Aaron Markham to down the Cowboys, 51-41. The victory is the 13th straight for the Rams, after opening the season 0-3. John Soderberg led Gunnison with a game-high 20 points and Jesse Soderberg netted 10 points. Gunnison drops to 5-3 (8-7)In the girls game Roaring Fork trailed after the first quarter, but dominated the next three for a 55-37 win.Megan Zeigel paced the Rams (9-0, 15-1) with 17 points and Laura Wright posted 15 in the victory. Shalee Keener was the only Gunnison player to score in double figures with 16. Gunnison dropped to 2-6 (4-10).Buena Vista sweeps BasaltThe Basalt boys and girls basketball teams both fell to Buena Vista in a doubleheader on the road Friday night.The Longhorns boys fell 71-52, while the girls dropped their game 57-38. The Basalt boys hung with Buena Vista for a quarter, leading 15-13 after the first frame, but the Demons outscored the Longhorns 46-22 in the second and third quarters to seal the game. Basalt’s Cody Burkholder scored a game-high 19 points in the losing effort. Darren Duroux added 13.The story was similar on the girls side, as the Demons outscored Basalt 31-14 in the middle two periods. Nine different Basalt players scored, but none hit double figures. Cardinals edge HaydenGrand Valley’s Sam McKinley hit four treys in Friday’s home game against Hayden, but his biggest basket came at the foul line.McKinley sunk one of two free throws with 9 seconds left to give the Cardinals a 52-51 victory over Class 2A District 5 foe Hayden.The win, the Cardinals’ first in three games against Hayden, improved Grand Valley’s league mark to 5-2 with one league game remaining.McKinley scored a team-high 18 points, while Dylan Culver tallied 15 points and five steals. Luke Braby chipped in eight points and seven boards.In the girls game, Grand Valley had no problem with Hayden, dealing the Tigers a 44-16 defeat.The Cardinals shut out Hayden in the first quarter and allowed the Tigers only four and three points in the second and fourth quarters, respectively. Hayden’s relative scoring explosion came in the third quarter with nine points.Jamie Vance led all scorers with 15 points for the Cardinals. Julianne Jones and Wynette Jackson scored nine each.Jamie Vance led all scorers with 15 points for the Cardinals. Julianne Jones and Wynette Jackson scored nine each.
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