Rivalry week begins
The warmup is over. The games count a little more as the prep basketball league schedule swings into action this weekend and, as an added bonus for four area schools, the league openers are rivalry contests.By G. Sean KellyGSPI Sports EditorThe warmup is over. The games count a little more as the prep basketball league schedule swings into action this weekend and, as an added bonus for four area schools, the league openers are rivalry contests.In Class 4A Western Slope League action, Rifle High School hosts Glenwood Springs. The boys tip off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and the girls play at the same time Saturday.In the 3A WSL grudge match, Basalt travels to Roaring Fork. The girls play at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and the boys follow at 8 p.m.The Glenwood and Rifle boys teams already went to battle this season at the Boys Western Slope League Tournament. The Demons came out on top, 62-52, for their first victory over the Bears under second-year head coach Kevin Flohr, not that he’s putting much stock in it.”You know how this league is, every night is different,” Flohr said. “Rifle’s got a lot of good kids, good players with big hearts.”I’m excited to get going again, and I know the kids are.”For Rifle (4-4) to even the season series tonight, the key will be controlling Glenwood’s Sean Flohr. The senior averages more than 23 points per game and accounts for 43 percent of the total scoring for the Demons (3-5).Of course, the Bears knew all that going into the last game and Sean Flohr still managed 26 points – 14 of which came from the charity stripe. The Bears counter with Adam Krick and Brandon Leuallen. Both average double figures, and Krick drained 24 points against the Demons in their last meeting.On the girls side, both Glenwood and No. 7 Rifle enter the contest with some momentum. The Bears (7-1) are on a six-game tear that includes winning the Girls Western Slope League Tournament title prior to break. Glenwood (4-4) won its last two game by a combined 41 points.”I really hope we beat them,” Glenwood senior post Jacy Reynolds said. “My whole high school career we’ve beaten them once. I want to leave here beating them at least twice.”Roaring Fork, Basalt battle for bragging rightsThe Roaring Fork boys team has dominated rival Basalt on the court in recent years. With the exception of last year’s Class 3A district championship game, the opposite has been true on the girls side, with Basalt holding the upper hand.Heading into tonight’s games, both the Longhorns boys and girls teams sit at 1-4 and are in need of the kind of jump start an upset win could produce. Of course, Roaring Fork is not an easy team to knock off.On the boys side, No. 8-ranked Roaring Fork enters tonight’s contest at 3-3, but the Rams’ losses all came to solid Class 4A programs. Roaring Fork also notched victories over two 4A squads and beat Basalt 57-36 at the Steamboat Shootout. The Roaring Fork girls (5-1) are no less impressive with three wins over 4A squads, and their only loss, 53-49, against 4A Montrose. Of Roaring Fork’s five victories, only one has been decided by less than 11 points. On Saturday Roaring Fork travels to Gunnison for another league contest, while Basalt hosts Class 2A Grand Valley.On Saturday Roaring Fork travels to Gunnison for another league contest, while Basalt hosts Class 2A Grand Valley.
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