4th quarter outburst lifts Rifle boys
The Rifle High School boys basketball team scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to beat Steamboat Springs 45-35 on Saturday.
The Bears got a solid outing from Trenton Brown, who scored 15 points, to pick up a key win in league play. The win avenged the Bears’ only loss of the new year and gives Rifle (10-3, 7-2 Class 4A Western Slope League) an 8-1 record since the Christmas break.
Rifle made five of eight shots from the 3-point line, including sophomore Luis Carreon hitting all three of his shots from behind the arc for nine points. Wyatt Robinson added eight points for the Bears.
Rifle coach Roger Walters said the difference between the two games with the Sailors this season was turnovers.
“We didn’t throw the ball to them,” he said, adding the Sailors got 12 fast-break points off turnovers in their 52-33 win.
Meeker 65, Hayden 45: Feeding off turnovers, Meeker scored 23 points in the second quarter to pull away from Hayden. The Cowboys (11-3, 6-0 2A/1A WSL) were able to overcome a slow start and establish a transition offense, coach Klark Kindler said.
Jeremy Musgrave and Dillon Mobley each scored 18 points and Raul Lopez added 16 points for Meeker.
Chante Church scored nearly half of Rifle’s points as the Bears beat Steamboat Springs 50-35.
Church scored 24 points, one point short of her season high. She averages just more than 18 points per game, best in the league. Kailee Cordova added nine points and Carsyn Copeland scored seven points for Rifle (6-7, 6-3 4A WSL).
Mikaila Jegtvig led Steamboat Springs with 14 points.
Cedaredge 67, Aspen 15: The Bruins used a 17-2 first quarter to pull away for an easy Class 3A WSL win over the Skiers.
Kenzie Kehmeier led Cedaredge (10-4, 8-3 3A WSL) with 19 points and Nellie Freeman added 11 points. The win snapped a two-game league losing streak by the Bruins.