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Tourney time for Demons, Bears

There may be a third round of the Demons-Bears basketball rivalry in store this weekend.

And this time it could be for a trip into the girls Class 4A District 6 title game.

Western Slope League champion Rifle and Glenwood Springs are both in the same side of the bracket at the district tourney, which starts today in Grand Junction.



But first things first. In order to see that semifinal matchup, Rifle and Glenwood need to get by their first-round opponents.

Rifle, which rolled through the league slate with a perfect record, is as close to a lock as there is in girls prep basketball. The top-seed Bears face No. 8 Battle Mountain today at 3 p.m. at Palisade High School. Rifle crushed the Huskies by more than 30 points in each of its previous two meetings this season.



Fourth-seed Glenwood (11-8) will likely have a tough contest playing fifth-seed Montezuma-Cortez (12-7) of the Southwestern League. Like the boys matchup, the teams haven’t faced each other, but they do have common opponents in Delta and Fruita Monument. Neither team had a problem with Delta. Against Fruita Monument, Glenwood lost in its only meeting, while Cortez split its two games.

Glenwood may have an edge is momentum, however. The Demons won three straight games to close out the season, including a double-overtime, come-from-behind victory over Palisade in the season finale.

The two winners advance to play in the semifinals Friday at 3 p.m. at Fruita Monument High School, while the losers play in the elimination bracket at the same time at Palisade High School.

On the other side of the bracket, Steamboat Springs takes on Moffat County tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Palisade High School, while Palisade is up against No. 2 seed Montrose of the Southwestern League. Montrose won the predominately Class 5A Southwestern League and enters the tournament with an overall record of 16-3.


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