Bruin girls fall in districts

By Wayne Crick

Cedaredge High School's girls basketball team won its play-in game against Gunnison (33-21) on Tuesday but lost to Moffat County on Friday (49-42) and Olathe (41-38) in Saturday's third-place game.

Bruins 33, Cowboys 21

The win against Gunnison on Tuesday enabled the Bruins to play in the 3A WSL district tournament at Central High School in Grand Junction.

A defensive game, and jitters, broke out in the play-in game on Tuesday. Both teams were tenative on offense and had to rely on their defenses to stay close. Cedaredge mustered more offense in the second frame with 12 points to take an 18-10 halftime lead.

Defense played a big part in the second half with the Bruins winning a 15-11 battle resulting in their 33-21 victory.

Courtney Freeman and Hailey Henrie were Cedaredge's leading scorers with eight points each. Hannah Gilmore finished with six counters.

Bulldogs 49, Bruins 42

Cedaredge seemed to be on its way to a semifinal round in first-half play against the Cowboys. The Bruins took a slim 24-20 lead at the break.

A disastrous third quarter saw Gunnison outscore the Bruins by 10 points and take a 35-29 lead with one quarter left to play.

The final stanza was a one-point advantage for Moffat County and made the final score 49-42.

Freeman was Cedaredge's leading scorer with Henrie next high with her 10 points. Jana Camilletti and Josey King shared game-high scoring totals with Freeman with 13 points each. Makenna Baker finished with 12 points.

Olathe 41, Bruins 38

The Pirates gained a four-point advantage over Cedaredge in the second period and held a 22-17 lead at halftime.

Cedaredge shaved two points off the Pirates' lead in the third period but couldn't get any closer than three points in the final stanza in an 11-11 tie in the final eight minutes of action.

Kacy Henwood tallied 15 points in the win for Olathe while teammate Miranda Pacheco was good for another 13.

The Bruins got 24 points from Gilmore, including all 10 of the Bruins' second quarter points and seven in the final stanza.

The Bruins, seeded 14th with a 16-6 record, face No. 19 Kent Denver (13-9) in Lamar on Friday (March 3). A tipoff time has not been set.