Cedaredge High School's basketball team is now on top of the 2A District 5 girls' standings. A loss by Paonia to Olathe last week has the Bruins listed in first place with a 5-0 record. West Grand also boasts a 5-0 record and Paonia (4-1) slipped to third with the loss in Olathe. Fourth place belongs to Soroco with its 3-1 mark, and Vail Christian is fifth at 2-2.
The girls defeated Ridgway 66-20 on Wednesday and then scored a 54-29 decision over Roaring Fork on Saturday without post player Hannah Gilmore.
In the boys' race, Paonia's 4-0 record is the best in the league, with Meeker (3-0) second, Soroco (4-1) third, Vail Christian (3-1) fourth and West Grand (2-1) fifth. After that it's Cedaredge (3-2), Hotchkiss (1-5), Rangely (0-2) and Hayden (0-3) resting in the cellar.
Cedaredge picked up a pair of wins last week with a 62-61 double overtime win in Ridgway and a 66-49 victory against the Rams in Carbondale.
CHS 66, Demons 20
The Bruins wasted little time in establishing who was the better team as they rolled to a 20-4 lead after the first eight minutes of play.
Consistency was the order of the day as Cedaredge posted another 20 points in the second quarter to take a 40-10 halftime lead over Ridgway.
Cedaredge used plenty of players in the contest and in the second half the third-quarter score showed a shift in personnel with a 10-5 edge in the third period.
Another 16 points from the Bruins in the fourth quarter, plus a defense that gave up only five points, made the final score 66-20.
Hannah Gilmore led the Bruins' offense with 15 points. In double-digit support roles, Kendall McHugh and Nellie Freeman contributed 13 and 11 points respectively. Courtney Freeman, as a freshman, added her eight points to the winning cause, including two 3-pointers.
Alyssa Kissner was the board chairman for Cedaredge with 10 rebounds, eight offensive and two defensive.
CHS 62, RHS 61 (2OT)
Ridgway trailed 27-19 at halftime against the Bruins. A third-quarter surge by the Demons pulled Ridgway even at 33-33 after a 14-6 run.
Both teams scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, leaving the game tied at 44 apiece to force overtime.
Nothing was settled in the first overtime period as each team scored seven points, forcing the second overtime period.
Cedaredge put an end to the game after outscoring the Demons 11-10.
Grant Saville tallied 30 points for the Demons while teammate Hasten Beamer scored 24.
Cedaredge's Christian Reynolds had a funnel leading to the rims and he used it often to score 29 points, including four 3-pointers and 7 of 11 from the charity stripe. Reynolds and teammate Garrett Meyers scored six points each in the two overtime periods combined, helping the Bruins outlast Ridgway 18-17 to make the final score 62-61.
Meyers also finished in double digits with 15 points for the Bruins.
vs Roaring Fork
Bruins 54, Rams 29
Even though the Bruins didn't have their usual rousing start to a game, the results were positive in a 25-point win.
After the first eight minutes of play the Bruins were clinging to a 10-5 advantage. Roaring Fork scored one more than the Bruins in second-quarter play and trailed 17-13 at halftime.
Cedaredge coach Ryan Hilbig had the right words for his team at halftime and the Bruins responded in the third quarter with a 22-6 run to take the worry out of a close game.
The Bruins added another 15 points to their totals in fourth-quarter play.
McHugh's 14 points led the way on offense for the Bruins with Henrie scoring 12 and Kissner adding another eight.
Mykayla McKinney pulled down two offensive rebounds and another five at the defensive end of the court.
vs Roaring Fork
Bruins 66, Rams 49
Saturday night's contest against the Rams started in a negative way with the Rams holding a 12-8 lead after the first quarter.
Cedaredge put together a strong offensive second quarter to outscore the Rams 22-12 and take a 30-24 lead to its locker room at halftime.
The Bruins added another 11 points to their lead, with a 24-13 run, in the third period and then held that 17-point lead the rest of the way as both teams scored 12 points in the final stanza.
Reynolds accounted for 10 of the Bruins' 22 counters in the second frame with Meyers chipping in another seven.
Chris Lindley scored all 10 of his points for the Bruins in the third quarter, igniting a 24-13 surge that more or less iced the win.
Reynolds finished the game with 24 points and Meyers added 18 more to the final totals.
Sergio Vega led Roaring Fork's offense with 20 points.
The Bruins will conclude their 2015 portion of their basketball schedule this week with a home game against Basalt on Saturday, Dec. 19. The girls play at 3 p.m. and the boys follow at 4:30 p.m.