Rifle girls blow by Eagle Valley Devils
RIFLE – The Rifle girls basketball team started with a bang, hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter in its Class 4A Western Slope League game against Eagle Valley on Friday night.The Bears kept their scoring attack up all game for a 64-33 win over the Devils.Kendall Babler sank two shots from the perimeter, Chelsea Webb swished another and Kristin Guettler drained a trey of her own as Rifle went up 20-5 after the first eight minutes.Defensively, the Bears (8-2 WSL, 12-5 overall) broke up passes and forced 14 turnovers in the first half, nine of which were Rifle steals. Devil Elena Hernandez was also effective from long range, making two treys in the first half as Eagle (0-10 WSL, 1-16 overall) cut Rifle’s lead to 35-18 at halftime.Rifle continued to put points on the board in the third quarter, using crisp passing to spread the ball around.”We were patient offensively, moving the ball around, giving everybody a chance to play, get everybody some shots and they kept the intensity up on defense,” said Rifle head coach Brad Skinner. Skinner took his starters out of the game halfway through the third period. Guettler led all scorers with 13 points, Babler and Webb finished with 12 each and Megan McWilliams added another nine.Eagle Valley couldn’t buy a basket in third quarter, adding only four points to its score. “You gotta play a full game, instead of just a quarter here and a quarter there,” said Eagle Valley head coach Ken Reagan. “Inconsistency has been our weakest link the whole season.”The Devils started hitting more shots in the final frame, with Jeanette Baker leading the way with nine points in the quarter. “She came on in the third quarter, took it to the hole and scored points like she usually does,” Reagan said of Baker.Ten Bears scored in the contest and Quincey Snyder topped all Rifle bench players with six points.”It was a good game. The kids were good. The bench was good,” Skinner said. “Everybody got to play and kids came off the bench and played hard. They took good shots and made good decisions. I was happy.”The Bears will play another league game today at Battle Mountain. Eagle Valley will also be in action, taking on the Glenwood Demons.
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