Paonia girls dominant in district championship win over Rangely

The Paonia High School girls basketball team dominated its 2A Western Slope League competition all season.

There was no reason why it would be any different during the district tournament at Rangely High School.

The Eagles (20-1) rolled past the host Panthers 48-34 on Saturday in the championship game.

“Rangely is well coached. We’d get up by 19 and they’d cut it back to 10,” Paonia coach Scott Rienks said. “It was tough playing on their court, but we did what we had to do.”

The Eagles were led by Grayson Pipher’s 16 points. Jordyn Rienks added 11 points.

Brittany Babineaux led the way for Rangely with 10 points.

By winning the district tournament, Paonia will be the No. 1 seed at this weekend’s regional tournament at Mesa State College. The Eagles will play Nederland in the first game. Hayden and Hoehne are also in the regional tournament.

“It wouldn’t surprise me to see Hayden in the championship,” Rienks said. “They are that good.”

In the Class 2A boys playoffs, Hayden upset previously unbeaten Meeker 65-58 for the championship. With the win, the Tigers will host the boys side of the regional tournament at Mesa State College. Despite finishing 21-1, Meeker plays at Durango High School with Alexander Dawson, Antonito, and Ignacio.

In the Class 4A boys playoffs, it was a rough night for the Western Slope. No. 2 seed Glenwood Springs lost at home to No. 3 Thomas Jefferson 54-38. Montrose traveled to No. 1 Longmont and lost 73-59.

In girls 4A, Rifle lost at home to No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain 64-54. Montrose lost on the road to No. 2 Conifer 54-37.


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