Ryan Hilbig's Lady Bruins bounced back nicely following a pair of losses at Olathe and Gunnison recently. Cedaredge blasted Aspen on Feb. 1 and this past week throttled Basalt, 70-14, on Feb. 7 and outplayed Coal Ridge, 52-38, last Friday. With the recent wins, Cedaredge (10-3, 12-4) moved into second place behind Grand Valley (11-1, 12-3).
Moffat County, percentage-wise, is in third place at 7-3 and 9-4 with Olathe falling to fourth with its 9-4 and 12-4 marks. Coal Ridge (8-5, 10-6) rests in fifth place.
The Lady Bruins swept Coal Ridge this season and have a split with Coal Ridge and Gunnison in 3A WSL play. Cedaredge faces a crucial week of basketball where it faces Grand Valley and Moffat County.
The Grand Valley contest was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Cedaredge. Those results will appear in next week's paper.
A Friday contest with Moffat County, a team the Lady Bruins defeated 49-44 in Cedaredge, will be played in Craig at 6 p.m.
Cedaredge will have one more game, against Roaring Fork, on Feb. 21 to complete its regular season schedule. Cedaredge defeated the Lady Rams 54-42 in Carbondale on Jan. 24.
CHS 70, Basalt 14
A very fast-starting Cedaredge team sent a strong message in the first quarter at home last Friday night. The Lady Bruins blitzed their way to a first-quarter lead of 29-2 against Basalt.
Some of the adrenalin wore off in the second period as Cedaredge maintained a big lead with a run of 10-3 to take a lead of 39-5 with it to the locker room at halftime.
Third-quarter play was much the same as it had been in the second quarter as Cedaredge scored another 10 points while its defense limited the Lady Longhorns to just two points.
The final quarter was another fast-paced eight minutes with Cedaredge running to a 21-7 advantage.
Kristen Gardner had 16 points to lead the Lady Bruins' offense. Nellie Freeman added 11 points and Becca Deal and Kenzie Kehmeier chipped in eight points each.
Gardner had five offensive rebounds along with four steals and three tips. Freeman had four steals as well.
CHS 52, CR 38
On the road, the Lady Bruins outscored their hosts in all four quarters on their way to win number 12 on the season.
Cedaredge was up five (15-10) after one quarter and led 25-18 at halftime.
A 12-8 third-quarter upped Cedaredge's lead to 37-26 with one period left to play.
The Lady Bruins stayed active with a 15-12 fourth quarter to preserve the 3A WSL win.
Alyssa Isaman scored 12 points, and Freeman had 10 for the Lady Bruins.
Deal hauled down six defensive rebounds, and Gardner had four. Isaman had four offensive boards and a pair of defensive snags.
The Lady Bruins received some help with Olathe losing to both Grand Valley and Moffat County.
According to Hilbig, "If we take care of business this week, there is still a shot at a league championship. I feel confident that we can compete in the district tournament, and I feel like we can play with just about anyone in the state. The girls are playing well together and we are getting back on track. It's a great group and a lot of fun to be a part of."blog comments powered by Disqus