Rifle sweeps through Battle Mtn.
EAGLE-VAIL ” Three Rifle players had double-doubles in a 71-40 girls basketball game against Battle Mountain on Saturday.
Senior Krista Wagstrom scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Class 4A Western Slope League-leading Bears (7-0, WSL, 11-3 overall), who extended their current winning streak to nine straight games.
Forwards Renee Laudick and Montanah Matthies, both juniors, had 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Entering the second half, Rifle held the Huskies to nine points in the third quarter while scoring 18, then outscored Battle Mountain 17-12 in the game’s final eight minutes.
Heading into this week’s play, the Bears face three WSL opponents in a row, starting with Tuesday’s home game with Glenwood Springs.
After a couple of days off, Rifle has back-to-back league contests. It plays against Steamboat Springs on Friday, followed by Saturday’s road game in Craig against Moffat County.
Rifle remained tied for second place in the WSL with a 72-61 win over the host Huskies on Saturday.
The Bears, who move to 5-3 in league and 7-8 overall, survived a scary fourth quarter where Battle Mountain hit for 33 points.
Most of senior Aaron Jewell’s game-high 21 points came from the free throw line. The Bear forward was 13-of-16 at the line and hit on 12-of-14 charity shots in the fourth quarter. Adam Krick added 12.
As a team, Rifle connected on 32-of-43 free throws.
The Bears resume play Steamboat at home Friday, then travel to Moffat County for a road game with the Bulldogs.
Rebounding-wise, Laudick concluded Saturday’s contest with a team-high 13 boards. Matthies finished with 12 rebounds.
Rifle took control of the game against the cellar-dwelling Huskies early.
In the first quarter, the Bears raced to a 17-7 lead, then extended the margin to 27 at halftime.
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