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Photo by JH Cedaredge's Kammie Henderson catches a pass from the backcourt and makes it look easy.

Despite growing pains of a young team the Cedaredge girls' basketball team has done a great job of adjusting to life in the fast lane. More on just how much the Bruins have adjusted next week as the team prepares for district tournament play at Central High School.

The Bruins are third in the 3A WSL with records of 6-2 and 14-4 going into the last week of regular season play.

The Bruin boys, on the other hand, have had more downs than ups this season and are on the bottom of the 3A WSL standings with a 1-7 league mark and 5-13 overall.

Cedaredge's girls won all three of their games last week beginning with Aspen (54-16) on Feb. 5, Roaring Fork (54-44) on Feb. 8 and at home against Grand Valley (31-30) on Feb. 9.

Against Aspen, the Skiers were no match for the Bruins.

Kammie Henderson had one of her best games of the season and scored 19 points to lead the Bruins' offense. Courtney Freeman was next high with 16 counters.

Friday's game in Carbondale was much tighter with the Rams keeping the game close for much of the game. The Bruins led 25-20 at halftime and put the game away with a 29-24 second half.

Freeman had 20 points in the win and Henderson and freshman Paige McGovern added 10 points each to the kitty and Makayla Kehmeier finished with nine. Kendall Bernot had 11 points to lead the Rams offense.

A close game from start to finish against Grand Valley kept fans on the edge of their seats. The Cardinals held the lead for most of the way but couldn't hold off Cedaredge the final few seconds of the game. Trailing by two points, with seconds left in the game, Freeman drove the lane to draw in Cardinal defenders and then kicked the ball out to Kehmeier in the corner for a 3-point goal to give the Bruins a stunning 31-30 win. "It was one of the most amazing finishes I've ever been a part of," quoted coach Coleman.

Henderson tallied 14 points for the Bruins with Kehmeier next in line with a pair of 3-pointers for six points.

Senior Jared Reynolds led the scoring in all three boys games with seven points against Aspen, 12 points against Roaring Fork and 18 against Grand Valley.

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