Bruin girls 3-0 in tourney
By Wayne Crick
Published Thursday, December 10, 2015 7:49 am
Photo by Wayne Crick Teams who face Cedaredge are constantly working to avoid the scene above. Cedaredge senior Ken-dall McHugh swipes the ball from an Olathe player while teammate McKayla McKinney watches the theft. Cedaredge won the game 41-33.
There were some slow segments of their game, but the Cedaredge girls' basketball team, once it got rolling, was nearly unstoppable. Olathe's Pirates had the most success against Cedaredge but fell, 41-33, in first-round action of the First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament last week in Delta.
Cedaredge's second game, against Coal Ridge, was a rout from the start with the Bruins coasting to a 54-22 win.
In game three Delta was no match for the quickness and savvy of the guard play by Nellie Freeman and Ken-
dall McHugh. The Bruins raced to a 50-20 decision.
Bruins 41, Pirates 33
Cedaredge's slowest start of the tournament was against Olathe in game one. First-game jitters, adrenaline rush, over anxiousness ... call it what you want; the Bruins were unable to generate the high-octane thrust they're accustomed to in the first quarter of play. Still, Cedaredge owned the first quarter with an unimpressive 8-6 score.
Hannah Gilmore scored four of her game-high 13 points to lead the way for Cedaredge.
Freeman came alive in the second period to drill a pair of treys to go with a 2-point goal and two free throws for 10 points in a 15-8 run. Gilmore finished the scoring in the quarter with five more points.
After the break, both teams fell back to their first-quarter style of play, with the Bruins claiming a 7-5 advantage and a 30-19 lead with eight minutes left in the game.
Olathe found success from the charity stripe with an eight of 11 performance to spark a 14-11 fourth-quarter surge for the Pirates.
Joining Gilmore in double figures for the Bruins was Freeman with 11 points.
Taylor Brown scored eight points for Olathe, and Miranda Pacheco had six.
Bruins 54, Titans 22
Friday's ball game against Coal Ridge revealed a potent Bruins team that used a blistering pace to bolster its press and fast break to cruise to an easy, 54-22, win.
Cedaredge used just four players to roll up 54 points, with three of the four scoring in double figures. Freeman had a great day shooting the ball with three treys and seven 2-pointers for a total of 23 points. McHugh chipped in another 14 points, and Gilmore finished with 13 points. Alyssa Kissner picked up baskets in each of the middle quarters for four points.
Coal Ridge scored four points in each of the first three quarters and rallied for 10 points in the final period. Cedaredge put together quarters of 15, 16, 21 and two points for its 54 points.
Freeman led the way in Cedaredge's 21-point third quarter with 10 points, while McHugh contributed six.
Jenny Call was Coal Ridge's top scorer with six points.
Bruins 50, Delta 20
Turnovers, and an opportunistic defense, helped Cedaredge complete its sweep of opponents in last week's First Colorado National Bank basketball tournament.
A pesky defense forced numerous miscues by Delta's offense which were converted into points far too often in last Saturday's final game for both teams.
Cedaredge's defense limited the Panthers to four points in the first and third quarters while a total of six points were allowed in the second and fourth quarters.
The Bruins scored 15 points in the opening quarter and fed off mistakes produced with a pressing defense to score another 17 points in the second frame.
Cedaredge's point-production dropped off slightly in the third quarter with 14 points being scored. The Bruins scored four points in the final period.
Hailey Henrie and Freeman knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and shared game-scoring honors with 12 points each. McHugh finished with nine points.
Emily Nortnik was Delta's leading scorer with six points.
The Panthers play in Palisade on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 12, Delta is in Basalt for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
Looking ahead to next week, Delta plays Roaring Fork, in Carbondale, at 6 p.m.
Cedaredge plays at Roaring Fork this Saturday with a 3 p.m. starting time.