A pair of key wins last week have the Cedaredge Bruin girls hungry for a team title in its new league. The Bruins battled top teams from the 2A/1A ranks the past few years and have had good competition playing the likes of Paonia, Soroco and Meeker during that time span. This year's challenge is from different foes and with a different team after graduating several outstanding players.
Cedaredge girls coach Ryan Hilbig knows he must rely on other teams to help his Bruins gain the top spot in the 3A WSL. The Bruins have five games remaining on their regular season schedule but none of them are against the Cardinals. The only time Cedaredge played Grand Valley was on Jan. 27 with the Cardinals squeezing out a 43-41 decision.
Three teams are in a position to provide help for the Bruins. Olathe (in Parachute) has an opportunity to derail the Cardinals on Feb. 11 with Gunnison (in Parachute) having its chance on Feb. 17. Delta will have the final shot when they play the Cardinals in a season finale in Delta on Feb. 18.
Delta's Panthers will play the spoiler and try to get a piece of the 3A WSL title as all three teams ahead of them (Grand Valley, Cedaredge and Moffat County) are left on their schedule.
Bruins 47, Pirates 22
A dominating Bruins' defense set the tone against Olathe last Friday night. While Cedaredge was scoring 21 points on offense, its defense put up a wall allowing just one point in the first quarter and a mere three counters in the second.
Both teams scored well (17-12) in the third with the Bruins taking a 38-16 lead to the final period.
Bruins 46, Cowboys 24
Cedaredge's defense stuck around for Saturday's game and did not allow the Cowboys' offense to post a single double digit quarter for the game. Gunnison had seven points in each of the first half periods and only five each in the second half periods.
A 30-14 halftime lead would be more than enough to send the Bruins to their 10th win against four losses this season.
Hannah Gilmore was on fire early in the game and scored 11 of the Bruins' 18 points in the opening quarter. She had three common goals, a 3-pointer and was two of three from the free throw line in the first quarter. Foul trouble relegated her to the bench for a long stretch of time or her totals might well have been greater.
Gunnison's Jarren Howard was the offensive presence for the Cowboys as she finished the game with 12 points.
The Bruins were at Delta on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and are in Edwards to face Vail Christian (6 p.m.) on Feb. 10. Aspen is in town on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest