Rifle girls play patient team ball to beat Huskies
RIFLE, Colo. It was never a contest.The Rifle girls basketball team set a torrid pace early and used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Battle Mountain by a 52-17 count Saturday afternoon.It was the Huskies who put up the first three points of the game, but it was Kendall Babler who got the Bears going with a basket, followed by a bucket from teammate Megan McWilliams, who scored along the baseline to ignite Rifle on a 21-point run that put the Bears up 21-3 at the end of the first quarter.With Rifle head coach Brad Skinner already starting to substitute in bench players early in the second quarter, the Bears’ lead continued to grow behind the scoring of McWilliams, who finished the game with nine points, and Kristin Guettler, who led Rifle with 11 counters on the night.The Bears, up 34-6 to start the third quarter, resisted the urge to turn things into a playground affair. Led by the steady point guard play of Babler and running mate Alissa Skinner, Rifle remained patient and executed its offense – something coach Skinner was very proud of. “We did a nice job with our patience tonight,” he said. “Reversing the ball and low, post-entry passes are things we work on. The girls played a nice team game tonight.”The entry passes from the talented corps of guards was much appreciated by junior post player McWilliams. “The guards really look for us down low. Our assistant coach works with us each day on posting up and then we work on what to do with the ball once we get it,” she said.With guard Chelsea Webb orchestrating the offense in the final period, Rifle kept the large lead intact for the final count.Rifle (7-4 overall, 4-1 Class 4A Western Slope League) takes to the road next weekend for games at Palisade and Delta and, according to its coach, will continue to rely on the patient offense, good ball-movement and defenders in the passing lanes that has gotten them to this point.”We’re not as tall as many of the teams, but we’re quicker than most of them,” he said.The Rifle girls also beat Eagle Valley, 56-25, on Friday night.
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