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Rifle girls beat Battle Mountain

RIFLE – A potential showdown for second place in the girls 4A Western Slope League is brewing. After Rifle’s 47-24 victory Saturday over Battle Mountain, if the Bears beat Glenwood Springs Friday at GSHS’s Chavez-Spencer gymnasium, it will create a tie for second place among the two rival schools.Kendall Babler scored 17 points with Kristin Guettler adding 10 to raise Rifle’s league record to 7-2 (10-7 overall).The Bears opened up a 24-10 lead at halftime when they outscored the Huskies, 15-3, in the second quarter, highlighted by 3-pointers by Babler (who had two in the game) and Alissa Skinner.

Trent Beckley and Connor Drumm were to hard to contain for Rifle’s defense as the pair scored a combined 52 points in Battle Mountain’s 66-54 win over the Bears, which keeps them tied for first place in the Class 4A Western Slope boys league with Glenwood Springs at 8-1.The loss drops Rifle to 3-6 in the WSL and 4-12 overall heading into Saturday’s road contest with the Demons in Glenwood.Rifle held a 15-11 lead in the first quarter on a pair of 3-pointers from guard Scott Rust plus a trey from Tyler Gose. The Huskies overcame the four-point deficit by outscoring Rifle 29-8 in the second quarter. Drumm drained in four 3-pointers in the period and had 15 points. Beckley scored nine in the quarter.Rust finished with 16 points. Drew Blanchford scored 12 in the defeat.

WALDEN – Four players, led by Dylan Culver’s 18 points, finished in double figures as Grand Valley breezed to a 72-44 win over Class 1A North Park in a nonleague contest Saturday.The Cardinals (12-2) jumped out to a 26-11 lead in the first quarter, then widened their lead to 20 points at intermission by holding North Park to eight points in the second period.Sam McKinley scored 14 points, 12 of those coming on three-point baskets. Mitch Beldon added 13. Luke Brady chipped in 12 points. The Cardinals host Grand Valley Tuesday.


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