Vikings net PEG League title |

Vikings net PEG League title

BASALT – The Basalt Middle School girls basketball team gave Riverside Middle School its toughest competition of the PEG League regular season, losing by two points.

Saturday’s PEG League championship game was in a different venue, but the result was nearly the same.

Riverside won the eighth-grade PEG League title game 20-17 over Basalt on the Longhorns’ home court at Basalt Middle School. The victory gave Riverside an undefeated season.

“We take their crowd’s energy and use it for ourselves,” said Riverside’s C.J. Vasten of playing in Basalt.

And the Vikings – who dedicated the game to their teacher and military reservist Jamie Burwell, who left for Turkey Saturday morning – needed all the energy they could muster to overcome Basalt.

After Riverside took a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter, Basalt rallied to tie the game at 6-all later in the second frame. From that point on no team led by more than four points.

The Longhorns took their first lead of the game early in the fourth quarter, 17-14, with back-to-back jumpers by Cassie Meyer. Unfortunately for Basalt, it was the last time Basalt would score in the game.

Riverside’s Kristen Guettler, who paced all scorers with 10 points took a rebound end to end for a layup to cut the lead to 17-16.

Vasten then scored three points in the final 1 minute, 20 seconds for the final margin. Vasten gave the Vikings the lead with a baseline drive then sunk 1-of-2 free throws for the 3-point margin.

“The only thing going through my head was mechanics – work on mechanics,” Vasten said of the clinching free throw.

Vasten finished with nine points in the game, as did Meyer.

In the third-place contest, the play of Glenwood Springs Middle School’s inside players was too much for Rifle Middle School, as the Cougars beat Rifle 25-11.

“We got some nice buckets early on and we were consistent all the way through,” Glenwood coach Sandy DeCrow said. “We were just getting the ball inside to the big girls.”

Anna Herr and Sam Ciani, Glenwood’s inside players, led all scorers in the game with 11 and nine points, respectively.

Sarah Burgess was the top scorer for Rifle with four points.

Glenwood finishes the season with a 5-4 overall record, and DeCrow believes her players will fare well at the next level in high school.

“This team improved, from the bottom to the top, so much,” she said. “It will be fun to watch them play the next four years.”

Contact Sean Kelly: 945-8515, ext. 515

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