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Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge senior Tyler Cooper lays the ball off the backboard against Caprock Academy's defense in first-quarter play last Saturday. Cooper, and the Bruins, overcame a slow start to earn a 41-33 decision in Grand Junction.

The Cedaredge Bruins played out of town over the weekend starting with a contest in Collbran against Plateau Valley. Both varsity basketball teams won their games, with the girls scoring an 82-47 victory and the boys posting a 50-33 decision. Both teams collected wins in Grand Junction over Caprock Academy on Saturday. The girls won, 61-14, and the boys were 41-33 winners in their game.

Bruins 82, Cowboys 47

Cedaredge wasted little time establishing who had command of the game with a 20-8 first quarter.

The game was evenly played in the second quarter with the Bruins holding onto their scoring advantage in the period, 20-19, to take a 40-27 lead at halftime.

The Bruins re-established game dominance in the third period with a 16-7 run and then finished with a 26-13 dash through the fourth quarter.

Junior Hailey Henrie found the range for 20 points to lead four Cedaredge players in double-figure scoring. Hailey's offensive display included four shots from beyond the arc. Three seniors joined the double-digit parade, including Kendall McHugh (16), Nellie Freeman (15, with two 3-pointers) and Hannah Gilmore with 14 counters.

Plateau Valley's Laura Greene led the Cowboys' offense with 18 points, followed by Caitlyn Nichols (14) and Randy Showalter (11).

Bruins 61, Caprock 14

The score was 28-3 at halftime with Cedaredge comfortably ahead. A brief conversation with girls' head coach Ryan Hilbig revealed some displeasure with the Bruins' performance in the first half. When asked how his team was playing, Hilbig, who believes his team could have played better, simply shrugged and said, "Alright I guess. It seems like we're dragging a bit after last night's game in Collbran."

The Bruins were more aggressive in the third quarter and smothered the Eagles' offensive efforts while running to an 18-1 advantage in the period.

A fourth-quarter run by the Eagles held the score down, but Cedaredge was able to win the period with a 15-10 margin and a final score of 61-14.

McHugh scored 16 points to lead the Bruins' offense, with teammates Gilmore and Freeman adding 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Gilmore was outstanding on the boards with seven offensive rebounds and one at the defensive end.

Bruins 50, Cowboys 33

Cedaredge did not overpower the Cowboys, except for the third quarter where the Bruins outplayed the Cowboys, 16-3, taking a 39-26 lead to the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys (1-3 and 2-6) trailed by two after one period of action but enjoyed a 23-23 tie at halftime.

Following the big third quarter, Cedaredge (4-0 and 7-3) added four more points to its lead in the fourth quarter to score a 50-33 decision.

Senior Garrett Meyers led the Bruins with 14 points on offense with teammates Shane Gates and Christian Reynolds scoring 12 points each. Tyler Cooper scored eight points for the Bruins, with six of those points coming at the free-throw line.

Bruins 41, Eagles 33

Caprock Academy held its own in the early going, but couldn't keep up in the second half.

The Eagles were able to generate enough offense to finish the first period with a 14-11 lead.

Cedaredge made the biggest gains in the middle quarters with 12 points in the second period and another 11 in the third. In the same time span, Caprock scored six and three points, respectively.

The Eagles outscored Cedaredge, 10-7, in the fourth quarter but came up short in the eight-point loss.

Cedaredge's schedule for this week included a visit from Hotchkiss on Jan. 19 and the first of two key ballgames against Paonia on Jan. 22. Both teams are running on high octane, with the winner of those games most likely determining the league winner. A split would make other variables the final determining factor.

Friday's contest is set for 6 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m. (boys).

Cedaredge will travel to Basalt on Tuesday of next week for contests against the Longhorns. Game times are 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Photo by Wayne Crick Hannah Gilmore took advantage of a porous Caprock defensive unit to score two of her 12 points in Cedaredge’s 61-14 win. The Bruins are cruising through the competition with defense playing a big part. Caprock had four points in three quarters of play.
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