Strong 3rd quarter lifts Grand Valley girls

Grand Valley outscored Olathe 15-5 in the third quarter to take control en route to a 36-30 win in Class 3A Western Slope League girls basketball Tuesday.

“That was what our downfall was,” Olathe coach Paul Althaus said of the third quarter, then added, “We just couldn’t shoot the ball all night.”

Lack of free throws also hurt the Pirates. Olathe shot a mere five, made two, and Althaus said his team needed to be more aggressive going to the basket.

Kyra Chenoweth led the Cardinals (5-2, 4-0 WSL) with 14 points and Ashlynn Speakman added 12 points.

Payton Grett led the Pirates (5-2, 3-2) with 13 points.

Falcon 44, Montrose 43: The Indians (5-5) made a late push after falling behind by a half-dozen points in the fourth quarter, but cutting the deficit to a point was a close as they got in their final game of the Rampart New Year’s Classic.

“We were down five or six and made some buckets, but we weren’t able to make the crucial one at the end,” Montrose coach Eric Sanchez said of the final two minutes. “We missed a couple shots where we got good looks, and they made some free throws.”

Boys Basketball

Grand Valley (3-4, 2-2 WSL) took a seven-point lead after three quarters and held on to beat Olathe 56-54 in 3A Western Slope League action. The Pirates dropped to 0-7, 0-5 WSL.

Montrose 71, Pueblo West 70, OT: Montrose (5-4) outscored Pueblo West 5-4 in overtime to win its final game of the Rampart tournament.


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