The Cedaredge Bruins survived a scare against Delta for the second time this season with a 41-39 win in overtime and had their hands full in a 51-42 win at home against Coal Ridge.
On the boys side, the Bruins evened their record against Delta for the season with a 49-45 win on Jan. 16 in Delta. Cedaredge lost a 71-54 decision earlier in the season.
Cedaredge's most recent contest was a loss to the visiting Coal Ridge Titans, 66-56, on Jan. 20.
Bruins 41, Delta 39 OT
Neither team held an advantage after one period. Delta outscored the Bruins 12-6 in the second frame to take a 19-13 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Cedaredge cut the Panther lead to three with a 12-9 third quarter.
Courtney Freeman took over for Cedaredge in the fourth quarter with three shots from beyond the arc to lead the Bruins on a 14-11 that sent the game into overtime with the score tied at 39-39.
Addison Schwarz's two free throws in the extra period was enough to give Cedaredge a non-league 41-39 decision.
Freeman finished the game with 15 points for Cedaredge and was the only Bruin in double figures. Schwarz was next high for the Bruins with her eight points.
Delta's Sara Geddes scored 11 points and Keely Porter finished with 10. Jenna Sutliff was next with eight counters.
Bruins 51, Titans 42
Grace Andrews and Freeman combined for 24 of the 51 points scored for Cedaredge. Andrews scored seven points in the first quarter and had three in the second frame to finish with 10 points. Freeman had seven points in the second quarter to go with her three-pointer in the first quarter for 10 points at halftime. Four points in the fourth quarter gave Freeman 14 for the game.
A 20-5 run in the second quarter gave the Bruins a 15-point lead at the half. Coal Ridge rallied in the third quarter for a 14-9 run cutting the lead to 10, 43-33.
Cedaredge, 1-0 and 10-0, leads the 3A WSL. Coal Ridge is 0-1 and 5-6 for the season.
Coal Ridge's Taylor Wisecamp finished with 14 points and Lyanna Nevarez had 11.
Bruins 49, Delta 45
The Bruins built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and owned a 30-18 advantage over Delta (2-0, 8-3) at halftime.
Jaspar Carmichael scored seven of his 10 points in the fourth quarter to keep the Panthers close. A 13-point effort from Logan Freed was not enough to offset the scoring of the Bruins' Baylee Piper (21) and Jacob Lewis (12). Piper had 16 of his 21 counters in the first half.
The win was huge for Cedaredge. Coach Craig Cerise commented on the win. "That was a really good game for us. One key for us is that we take pride in our rebounding and we thought we did that well. Another thing was the kids did a great job of taking the game one quarter at a time. The kids stayed composed and level-headed the entire game."
Titans 66, Bruins 56
Coal Ridge held the upper hand throughout the first half to post a 33-25 halftime lead.
A height advantage for Coal Ridge had the Bruins stymied for much of the game. Add a dose of foul trouble and the results were a 10-point loss to the Titans, 66-56.
Baylee Piper picked up his third foul early in the second quarter and Peter Carlson was whistled for his third foul toward the end of the second period. Carlson had 11 points when he exited the game.
The Titans (1-0, 8-2) continued their offensive advantage with a 17-12 run in the third quarter and took a 50-37 lead to the final stanza.
Cedaredge (0-1, 6-4) was able to cut three points off Coal Ridge's lead but ran out of time in the loss at home. Piper had 12 of the Bruins' 19 points in the final quarter.
Brandon Herrera scored 24 points to lead Coal Ridge scorers. Teammates Payton White (14) and Kevin DiMarco (10) also finished with double-digit scoring.
Cedaredge got 15 points each from Piper and Carlson with Jared Reynolds contributing 14.
Cerise praised his team for its play against the Titans. "I thought our boys played really well. They (Coal Ridge) started two really tall kids against us, but I thought we handled them okay. We got into foul trouble and it hurt us against their height. And, our outside shooting wasn't matching theirs. We kept battling to keep the game close ... we just couldn't get over the hump in the second half."
Cedaredge is at home against Grand Valley (1-1, 9-1) on Jan. 26 (6/7:30 p.m. girls and boys varsity).
A Saturday matchup with Basalt's Longhorns is scheduled for 2 and 3:30 p.m. tipoff times (girls and boys varsity games).
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