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Rifle girls finish third, boys win two

MONTROSE ” The Rifle girls basketball team won their game against Alamosa impressively, but dropped two others in action at this weekend’s Black Canyon Tournament at Montrose High School.

The Bears (2-3) recovered from a tough 45-44 loss to Broomfield, N.M. in their initial tournament game on Friday by posting a 67-19 shellacking on Alamosa Saturday afternoon, then falling 47-37 to host Montrose in the nightcap.

Senior Krista Wagstrom led Rifle in two departments in the Broomfield defeat with 10 points and five rebounds.

Julie McWilliams and Savanna Beecraft netted a team-high 13 and 10 points, respectively, against Alamosa, which fell behind 17-5 at the end of the first quarter.

The Bears also got strong rebounding performances from two forwards in the contest. Renee Laudick pulled down eight boards and Kristin Guettler added six.

Junior guard Kristin Nefferdorf sank home 11 points and nine rebounds in the Montrose contest, both team highs.

With Saturday’s games, Rifle is off until Jan. 8 when it resumes the season with a nonleague home game with Grand Junction Central.


ALAMEDA ” Victories over Alamosa and Alameda raised the Rifle boys’ to a 3-2 record going into the holiday break.

The Bears edged out Alamosa by withstanding a third quarter charge from the Mean Moose, where they outscored Rifle 12-6. Aaron Jewell led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points. Stuart Stapleton netted seven and Jim Owens added 6.

The Bears absorbed a 56-48 loss to Pueblo Centennial where four Bulldog starters scored 50 of the team’s 56 points.

Troy Weiss scored a team-high 13 points in the loss. Owens finished with nine and Jesse Harris scored seven points.

After the defeat, Rifle bounced back with a 48-43 win over host Alameda in the final tournament game for both teams.

Weiss led all Rifle scorers with 14 with Jewell added 13.

The Bears resume play at Grand Junction Central on Jan. 8.

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