Tuesday hoops roundup: Glenwood splits with Palisade; Coal Ridge, Roaring Fork boys win big
Most of Garfield County’s high school boys and girls basketball teams were in action Tuesday night facing key Western Slope League matchups in the race for the March playoffs.
In Class 4A WSL action, the Glenwood Springs Demons hosted the Palisade Bulldogs — the girls coming away with the one-point overtime win, 43-42, and the boys falling, 56-52.
The girls game found the host Demons down by two at the half, 23-21, before the teams battled to a tie at the end of regulation.
Glenwood was one better at 4-3 in the extra 5-minute frame to secure a key league victory.
Junior Kenzie Winder paced the Demons with 10 points, senior Maddie Moser had nine and junior Miah Suarez was good for eight.
The Lady Demons move to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in 4A league play heading into a critical stretch in the WSL run, with Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs at home Thursday and Friday nights, respectively, and a rematch with Palisade on the road next Tuesday.
The Demon boys found themselves down 10 points, 27-17, at halftime to the Bulldogs. That proved enough of a cushion in the end, despite a 25-17 run from Glenwood in the fourth that came up just short.
Glenwood senior Anthony Avilles scored 12 points in the contest, and senior Omar Bonilla had 11.
The Demons fall to 2-4 on the season and 1-3 in league. The boys also face a tough stretch in the coming days with Battle Mountain Thursday, Steamboat Friday, both at home, and Palisade again on the road next Tuesday.
Rifle girls 52, Eagle Valley 39
Playing on the road at Eagle Valley, the Rifle Lady Bears stayed undefeated in league at 5-0 and improved to 5-2 overall with a convincing win over the Devils.
Rifle grabbed the early lead, 16-7, after 8 minutes of play and held the margin through the middle frames. The Bears locked it away in the fourth with a 16-11 run.
Individual Rifle scoring stats were not immediately available on Wednesday.
The Rifle-Eagle Valley boys game was postponed due to a coronavirus quarantine involving the Eagle players.
Coal Ridge boys win big
In 3A action, Coal Ridge hosted the Moffat County Bulldogs, with the Titan boys coming out on top, 83-47, and the girls dropping a tough one, 48-37.
The Coal Ridge boys raced to a 33-14 first quarter lead, and never looked back, outscoring the Bulldogs in all but the fourth quarter when the win was well-secured.
Seniors Moises Contreras and Andrew Herrera had seven three-pointers between them on the night. Contreras led the Titans with 16 points and Herrera had 14, while junior Eddie Salazar chipped in 10.
Coal Ridge improves to 6-1 overall and is off to an impressive 3-0 start in the 3A WSL. The Titans travel to play DSST: Byers in a nonleague match on Friday, then return home to play Basalt on Saturday with the top spot in the WSL on the line.
In the girls game, the Titans held a 28-23 halftime advantage, but could only muster nine points in the second half, as Moffat opened the 3A league slate with a big win.
It was the Lady Titans (5-1, 0-1) first loss of the season. The girls also travel to DSST: Byers on Friday and are home against Basalt Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Moffat County improved to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in league
Roaring Fork boys 67, Grand Valley 22
Hosting cross-county league rival Grand Valley at home Tuesday night, the Roaring Fork boys used balanced scoring while their defense held the Cardinals to single digits in each quarter of play to secure the convincing 45-point win.
Roaring Fork raced to a 17-6 first quarter lead and never looked back, as seven Rams scored at least five points or more in the contest.
“We are 11 deep, and I’m not afraid to play any of them,” Roaring Fork head coach Tony Gross said. “We are beginning to figure out everybody’s role and they are buying into team first, individual second.
“They are really sharing the basketball well,” the coach added. “I like the direction we are going.”
Senior Julian Alcantara led all scorers on the night with 12 points, followed by seniors Graham Pietch and Tristan Maker with 10 each, and River Byrne with nine. The Cardinals had nine points from junior Emilio Garcia, and junior Miguel Rojas chipped in six.
The Rams improve to 3-3 on the season and stay perfect in 3A WSL play so far at 2-0, heading into a tough Thursday matchup at Aspen (5-1, 2-1), then traveling to Gunnison (4-4, 1-2) on Saturday.
Grand Valley falls to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in league play. The Cardinals face Aspen at home on Saturday, and host Roaring Fork for a nonleague affair on Feb. 25.
Roaring Fork girls 45, Grand Valley 33
The Grand Valley girls lost 45-33 to the host Roaring Fork Rams in 3A action. Game details and statistics were not available Wednesday.
Roaring Fork improves to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the league, while Grand Valley falls to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the league.
The Lady Cardinals again face Roaring Fork for a nonleague game at home in Parachute next Thursday. The Rams play at Gunnison on Saturday and host Basalt on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.