Rifle basketball splits road games at Moffat County
Roaring Fork girls go to 5-1 with tournament-opening win
The Rifle High School basketball trip to Moffat County Thursday night saw mixed results, as the girls fell 53-29 to the 3A Bulldogs and the boys came away with a 52-37 win.
The first eight minutes of the girls game saw the host team on point from the arc, as Halle Hamilton, Cayden King, Stephenie Swindler and Jacie Evenson each hit a triple in the 20-9 period.
Emaleigh Papierski would hit two more 3-pointers and Hamilton earned a second to make it 27-13 at halftime.
Though the third quarter went better for the Bears in a 10-9 round as the Lady Dogs struggled, Moffat found their groove in the fourth with a newfound attack beneath the bucket to close out the victory.
Rifle’s boys got an early jump on the Bulldogs in a 13-7 start.
A putback by Wesley Counts midway through the second quarter got Moffat County the closest it would be for the remainder of the game, at 15-14, before going to a 19-15 intermission, advantage Rifle.
Repeated trips to the charity stripe down the stretch gave the Bears nearly half their point tally, ending the evening with a 23-for-29 count in foul shots compared to 16 successful free throws on the same number of chances for the Bulldogs.
In other final-weekend-before-break basketball action, Glenwood Springs’ trip to the Trojan Classic in Longmont saw the boys fall 61-45 to Longmont, while the Demon girls topped Longmont, 60-40.
Both Roaring Fork teams are at the Black Canyon Classic in Gunnison, where the Rams boys fell 46-24 to Montrose and the girls won 53-36 over Palisade. Senior Emily Broadhurst led the Rams with 25 points to earn first-year coach Juan Quintero’s Player of the Game honors.
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The teams aren’t vying to one up the other in the rankings or looking to get a leg up in the league standings this fall, but that will hardly make the stakes any less meaningful for Basalt and Glenwood Springs high schools when they meet on the football field Friday night.