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Rifle Cubs beat Glenwood to claim the PEG League title

Submitted photoRifle Middle School's eighth-grade girls basketball team won the PEG League championship.

BASALT, Colorado ” It took two overtimes, but the Rifle Middle School Cubs eighth-grade girls basketball team edged the Glenwood Springs Cougars 25-23 in the final seconds of the PEG League championship game in Basalt over the weekend.

The Cubs played a nearly perfect season of basketball, going 12-0. The same group of girls went undefeated as seventh-graders and took the Eagle Valley Tournament last year.

In the championship game, Rifle got off to a slow start in the first quarter before things picked up in the second quarter, a frame in which the Cubs outscored the Cougars 14-0.

Glenwood bounced back in the third, outscoring Rifle 10-3 to make for a close game.

In the fourth quarter, the Cubs led by two points with only a few seconds to go in regulation. A costly turnover gave the Cougars the ball and they tied the score to push the game into overtime.

With 19 seconds left in the first overtime, Glenwood led by two points. Then, Rifle’s Joey Kuhiem was fouled and made her first free throw. A lane violation gave her a second chance at her second free throw, which she made, sending the game to another overtime.

Rifle came out focused and ready to play in the second overtime. Two big free throws by Amber Corey gave the Cubs a two-point lead and the championship.

“I was so nervous before the tournament and I stayed nervous for the whole game,” said Rifle player Taylor Walters. “We really had a great season and had so much fun and really worked well with each other.”

Jasmine Figueira scored nine points to lead Rifle. Kuhiem added seven points, Kimmie Rausin four, Walters three and Corey two.

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