The old adage, "on any given day" rings true at all levels of sporting venues. Cedaredge High School has cruised through much of its schedule with a great deal of success. Last week's prep basketball game against the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals proved it can happen any time. The Bruins were undefeated coming into last week's Jan. 26 meeting sporting a 2-0 and 10-0 record for the year.
Grand Valley had a 7-4 overall record and was 2-1 in 3A WSL play before the weekend play in Cedaredge. The Cardinals managed to do what other teams have tried to do all season long, knock off the Bruins. It took a 15-6 final period to get the job done, 38-34.
Cedaredge bounced back on Saturday with a 44-31 win in Basalt.
In boys play, the Bruins were tripped up in both their weekend tilts suffering a 78-41 loss to the Cardinals on Friday and falling 63-59 in Basalt on Saturday.
GV 38, Bruins 34
Grand Valley showed a preview of its intentions in the first quarter with a 12-8 run.
Cedaredge can be slowed down at times but never completely stopped. The Bruins stormed back in the second period to turn the tables with a 14-2 run of their own to take a 22-14 halftime lead.
Grand Valley was three points better than the Bruins in the third quarter and put the game away with a 15-6 run in the fourth period.
Bruins 40, Basalt 31
Cedaredge started slowly in the first quarter against Basalt on Saturday. Bruins' coach Ryan Hilbig turned the Bruins loose in the second quarter and the result was a 21-10 run that created a 32-17 halftime lead.
Hilbig admitted his team, "put it on cruise control a little early." Basalt managed to gain some momentum in the third quarter to score four more points than the Bruins.
A low scoring fourth quarter yielded just six points between the two teams with Cedaredge holding on for the 40-31 WSL win.
GV 78, Bruins 47
Last Friday night Grand Valley and Cedaredge got together for a 3A WSL conference battle in Cedaredge. There wasn't much difference between the two teams offensively for the first two quarters. Grand Valley did have a slight advantage and forged a 27-22 lead at halftime.
The Cardinals were certainly in control during the third quarter as they poured 28 points through the net to take a 55-27 advantage going to the final period of play.
Cedaredge had its best offensive production in the fourth quarter and scored 14 points. Unfortunately for the Bruins Grand Valley had a 23-point outing over the final eight minutes of the game and finished with a 78-47 league win.
Baylee Piper had the Bruins' best offensive game with 11 points followed by Jacob Lewis' 10 and Peter Carlson's nine counters.
Basalt 63, Bruins 59
Cedaredge held a slight scoring advantage in the first half and took a 31-29 lead to the halftime break.
A fateful third quarter was again the opponent's catalyst with Basalt taking control of the game on a 20-12 surge for a 49-43 lead.
Cedaredge scored two more points than the Longhorns in the fourth quarter to come up four points short, 63-59.
Basalt's Justin Henderson fueled the Longhorns' success with 28 points and Raul Torres added 19 points in the win.
Cedaredge's top scorer was Lewis with 23 points. Carlson was close behind with his 21 markers and Jared Reynolds added 13.
Cedaredge fell to 0-3 in league play and is 6-6 overall heading into the final weeks of basketball action.
Grand Valley, 2-1 and 11-1, is fourth in league standings but owns the best overall record in the league.
The Bruins are at home with Olathe on Feb. 2 (6/7:30 p.m. varsity games) and travel to Gunnison on Feb. 3 for 2 and 4:30 p.m. varsity games. Next week's schedule begins on Tuesday, Feb. 6 with Delta in town for 6 and 7:30 p.m. tipoff times.