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Rifle boys still perfect in WSL

RIFLE – Wins over Delta and Palisade kept the Rifle boys basketball team undefeated in the Class 4A Western Slope League standings and gave it a 1 1/2 game lead over second-place Moffat County heading into Thursday’s key game with Glenwood Springs.

The 8-0 Bears found the Delta Panthers, winless in the WSL, the toughest of last weekend’s two opponents. It took Rifle three quarters to distance themselves from Delta before posting a 58-51 victory.

After the teams dueled to a 12-all tie in the first quarter, the Panthers nosed out to a 30-26 lead at halftime. The teams were knotted at 40-40 until Rifle broke loose in the final eight minutes.

The Bears closed the game by outscoring Delta 18-11 in the fourth quarter.

Ryan Shideler and Delta’s Bryce Atchley led both teams’ offenses, with the Panther senior getting the upper hand. Atchley scored a game-high 25 points. Shideler paced the Bears with 22.

Adam Krick contributed 12 points with Jason Enewold and Aaron Jewell adding seven each.

On Saturday, Rifle started slowly against Palisade.

Trailing by four after the first quarter, the Bears held the 3-5 Bulldogs to nine points in the following period while scoring 17 to take a 27-23 lead at intermission.

The Bears built on the slim margin in the second half for a 63-51 victory.

Shideler, with 23 points, was one of three Rifle players to finish in double figures.

Jim Owens added 13 and Enewold scored 11 points.

Center Jason Unfred scored 18 in a losing effort for the Bulldogs.

Bear girls win twice

After suffering back-to-back losses to Moffat County and Steamboat, Rifle’s girls have re-discovered the winning formula.

The Bears, now 6-2 in the Western Slope League (10-5 overall), found Palisade the toughest opponent they faced last weekend.

The upset-minded Bulldogs extended Rifle to overtime before wrapping up a 68-63 victory on Saturday at the Bear Lair.

Junior post Krista Wagstrom exploded for 29 points in the win.

Rifle got additional offensive help from Nicole Erpestad, who scored 10, along with 7 points from Kristen Nefferdorf and Renee Laudick.

Palisade led by nine through three quarters until Rifle tied the game at 56-all in the fourth by outscoring the ‘Dogs 18-11.

Forward Krysten Hayes led Palisade with 25 points. Sammi Richards tossed in 14.

On Friday, the Bears cruised to a 53-27 win at Delta by holding the 0-8 Panthers to single digits in all four quarters.

Julie McWilliams and Krista Wagstrom scored 13 points each and Ashley Gavito added 12 in a contest that was clinched at halftime.

Rifle zipped to a 13-4 lead in the opening period and held a 17-point lead at the break.

The Bears’ lead grew to 29 when they outscored the Panthers 15-3 in the third quarter before turning the contest over to the subs to finish up.

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