The 2018-19 basketball season has been another successful opportunity for the Cedaredge girls basketball team to showcase what it takes to have a winning team. Cedaredge does not have dominating height, speed or a plethora of three-point shooters. What it does have is character and a bond that has earned it one of the top finishers in the 3A WSL and a berth in the coming regional playoffs.
Cedaredge finished third in a competitive league with a 7-2 WSL record and a sparkling 17-5 overall mark. The Bruins are ranked 10th in Class 3A standings and 10th in the all-important RPI rankings.
The Bruins began their journey to post-season with a home win over Coal Ridge, Feb. 19, 49-45. In the semifinal round of the 3A District tournament at Central High School, the Bruins had a squeaker, 30-27, over Moffat County and fell to Delta's Panthers on Saturday in the championship game, 40-25.
Bruins 49, Titans 45
Junior Makayla Kehmeier held the hot shooting hand against Coal Ridge in a quarterfinal game against the Titans on Feb. 19. Kehmeier scored seven points in the second quarter and another five in the fourth frame to spark Cedaredge's win over the Titans. In all, Kehmeier finished with 17 points to share game-scoring honors with Coal Ridge's Taylor Wiescamp and her 17 counters.
Cedaredge made 16 of 31 free throws in the game while the Titans were good on 15 of 23.
Coal Ridge had a big third quarter where Adriana Vargas scored nine points in a 20-11 run by the Titans. Vargas was perfect at the charity stripe in her four attempts in the period. Kashley Morgan dropped in six points and Wiescamp another five to account for Coal Ridge's 20 points.
The Bruins built a 25-14 halftime lead and led 36-34 with one period left in the game. Of the 13 fourth-quarter points scored by Cedaredge, 10 came at the free throw line.
Joining Kehmeier in double figures for the Bruins was Courtney Freeman with 11 points, including three 3-point goals.
Bruins 30, Bulldogs 27
Neither team scored double digits in any of the four quarters of the game. Moffat County led 8-7 after one period and was leading 17-15 at halftime.
Each team scored seven points in the third quarter and the Bruins had an 8-3 run in the fourth to put the game away on clutch free throws and a field goal from Freeman, who finished with nine points to lead Cedaredge in scoring. Emaleigh Papierski also had nine points to lead Moffat County shooters.
Delta 40, Bruins 25
Only five points separated these two teams after one period. A 10-point difference in the second quarter did the real damage giving Delta a 25-10 lead at halftime. After that, the Panthers used their defense to control the game the rest of the way.
Both teams finished with 15 points in the second half to make the final score 40-25.
Freshman Erika Kuta and sophomore Keely Porter scored 10 points for Delta and pulled down six rebounds each in the win. Porter added an assist and four steals to her stats while sophomore Alexa Huff grabbed seven rebounds.
Cedaredge's leading scorers were Kehmeier with eight points and sophomore Kammie Henderson with seven.
The Bruins enter regional playoffs this next week and are likely on the road for their next competition. Pairings for regional play were scheduled to be released on Tuesday, Feb. 26 on CHSAA's media site CHSAANow.com.