Titans too much for Rams
CARBONDALE — Coal Ridge High School’s girls basketball team didn’t let a flu bug — or the Roaring Fork Rams — get it down on Tuesday night.
Kaitlyn Detlefsen finished with eight points and 11 rebounds during limited time on the floor, and the Titans buckled down on defense in the second half on their way to a 37-26 Class 3A Western Slope League victory against the Rams at the Roaring Fork High gym.
“At halftime we [as coaches] told them, ‘Hey, we know you’re sick, but this is where you need to step up and play with everything you’ve got,’” first-year Coal Ridge coach Steve Young said. “They had some great momentum going into the third quarter.”
The Titans, however, halted that momentum. Coal Ridge limited Roaring Fork to just six second half points — none in the third quarter — to pull away after leading 24-20 at halftime. Roaring Fork wasn’t able to score their 26th point of the game until the last two minutes of the game, when the Titans had taken a double-digit lead.
Afterwards, three Coal Ridge players got clearance from Young to stay home in bed today.
Jenny Call finished with 12 points — all on 3-pointers — and Mariela Martinez added nine for the Titans (9-9 overall, 9-4 league play), who moved ahead of Grand Valley (11-6, 8-4) for third place in the league standings prior to their Friday game against league-leading Olathe. The top four teams in the eight-team league will play first-round home games in next week’s Class 3A Western Slope League district tournament, which begins on Feb. 24.
Ashley Hall and Alexia Fiscus each finished with six points to pace the Rams (4-14, 3-10) to go with a five-point performance from Joselinne Medrano.
Roaring Fork finishes league play at Gunnison on Thursday.
BOYS: Roaring Fork 58, Coal Ridge 39
CARBONDALE — Roaring Fork senior Ben Carpenter scored 18 points — all on 3-pointers — and the Rams took a big lead early on their way to a league victory over the Titans.
The Rams (12-6 overall, 9-4 league play), who coach Larry Williams said finished with less than 10 turnovers for the game, also got 13 points and five assists from Aldo Pinela and a season-high eight assists from Chering Sherpa. Raul Leyba added seven rebounds, and Roaring Fork clinched no less than a third-place finish in the league standings headed into Friday’s regular-season finale at Gunnison.
Greyson Keener finished with a team-high 14 points and Sergio Cano added nine points for the Titans (8-10 overall, 7-6 league), who trailed 26-13 at halftime.
“Roaring Fork played really well,” Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey said. “They pressured us into untimely turnovers, and they picked our defense apart with their superb ball movement. We just need to take care of business against Olathe on Friday.”
With a win Friday, the Titans can wrap up a fourth-place finish in the league standings and a home game in the first round of the district tournament, which begins on Feb. 24.
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