Strong start lifts Cards to district win
The Grand Valley High School girls basketball team came out smoking early and smoldered thereafter, hanging on to defeat Cedaredge 57-50 to advance to today’s semifinals of the Class 3A Western Slope League District tournament.
The Cardinals’ Ashlynn Speakman and Rocio Roman each hit two 3-pointers in the opening minutes as Grand Valley raced to a 23-8 lead after one quarter.
“We were on fire in the first quarter,” Cardinals coach Mike Johnson said. “We came out hot and played with a lot of energy.”
The next three quarters he characterized in less flattering terms: “We made it ugly and won ugly, but we’ll take it.”
The Cardinals stopped making field goals, but they made free throws, hitting 25 of 33 for the game.
Haley Johnson led the Cardinals with 14 points, making nine of 10 free throws and Roman followed with 13 points.
The victory puts Grand Valley in a 6:30 p.m. semifinal today against Olathe at Palisade High School. The Pirates advanced to the semifinal with a 44-22 win over Gunnison.
The other semifinal pits top-seeded Moffat County against Roaring Fork in a 3 p.m. game at Palisade. Moffat County trailed Basalt 14-8 after the first quarter Thursday, but the Bulldogs outscored the Longhorns 22-0 in the second quarter en route to a 56-26 win. Roaring Fork advanced with a 54-40 win over Coal Ridge.
Class 1A District 1 Tournament: North Park beat Ouray 41-32 on Thursday to advance to a semifinal against Norwood at 3 p.m. today at Olathe. Meanwhile, Dove Creek beat Vail Christian 48-29 and faces Plateau Valley in a 6 p.m. semifinal today at Olathe.
Plateau Valley defeated Ouray 66-49 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the Class 1A District 1 tournament.
Plateau Valley plays Vail Christian in a 7:30 p.m. semifinal today at Olathe and North Park plays Norwood at 4:30 p.m. in the other semifinal. North Park advanced with a 66-40 win over Dove Creek.
Class 3A Western Slope League District: Top-seeded Roaring Fork got 20 points from Trae Moxley as it defeated Coal Ridge 58-51 in the quarterfinals. The Rams face Basalt, a 39-37 victor over Grand Valley, in a 4:45 p.m. semifinal today at Palisade High School.
The other semifinal, slated for 8:15 p.m., pits second-seeded Aspen against Moffat County. Aspen turned back Cedaredge 66-38 on Thursday and Moffat County defeated Gunnison 71-52.