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Photo by Wayne Crick Senior Bruin Isaac Swoffer (15) found a chink in Basalt’s armor early in the game on Saturday to score this basket. Swoffer scored five points and pulled down five rebounds in the Bruins’ 60-24 loss to the visiting Longhorns.
Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge’s Courtney Freeman was instrumental in helping the Bruins win their 3A conference game against Basalt last Saturday afternoon in Cedaredge. Freeman scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds in the game.
Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge’s Jade McGovern got past this Basalt defender in the second half of last Saturday’s 3A WSL game. The Bruins won the game, 44-33, but it wasn’t that easy.
Photo by Wayne Crick Cedaredge’s Addison Schwarz (23) had the outstretched arms of Longhorn’s defender Carsyn Knotts (3) to contend with as she was forced to change her shot at the last second. The Bruins adjusted to a scrappy defense to win 44-33.

A split for the Bruins girls and a double-loss for the boys created a rough weekend for Cedaredge basketball teams.

Cedaredge's girls got the better of the rough weekend with a split with Grand Valley and Basalt. The Bruins were outscored 18-13 in the fourth quarter in Parachute and suffered a 43-41 loss to the Cardinals. Saturday's contest against the Longhorns had a better ending with the Bruins claiming a 44-33 3A WSL win.

The boys were not so fortunate with losses to Grand Valley (69-45) and Basalt (60-24).

GV 43, Bruins 41

A 19-11 lead at the half was not enough to stave off a battling Grand Valley Cardinals' basketball team. The host team put together a second-half rally which produced a 32-point scoring binge that was good enough for a narrow win. The Bruins finished the second half with 22 points.

Courtney Freeman was Cedaredge's leading scorer with 14 points with teammate Hannah Gilmore contributing 12 points. Gilmore had 11 rebounds for Cedaredge and Freeman added six to her game stats.

Bruins 44, Basalt 33

The visiting Longhorns made the first half an uncomfortable experience for Cedaredge by having the lead most of the way before taking a 22-20 lead to their locker room at the break.

Cedaredge coach Ryan Hilbig was able to turn the tables on the Longhorns as he had a more strategic game plan for the Bruins than Basalt had. Cedaredge took a six-point advantage into third quarter play and owned a 34-30 lead with one period left to play.

The Bruins were seven points better than Basalt in the final quarter and rolled to a 44-33 victory.

Freeman was, again, the leading scorer for Cedaredge with her 12 points. She also finished with three assists and three steals.

Gilmore's play was huge for the Bruins as she hauled down 13 rebounds and scored seven points. Jade Gummo had four steals and Callie Wasser tossed in nine points for the winners.

Nicole Alvarado had 10 points for Basalt (0-3 and 2-11) and Kate Schrock finished with nine.

GV 69, Bruins 45

Cedaredge played well in the first half according to head coach Craig Cerise. The Bruins were trailing 31-25 at halftime and felt like they could compete.

A second half offensive run netted 32 points for the Cardinals and Cedaredge scored just 22 to make the big difference in the game.

Kade Hurst led a trio of double digit scorers for Grand Valley (2-1 and 7-6) with 16 points. Garrett Magee and Indra Griggs scored 11 points each and Magee grabbed 13 rebounds.

Christian Reynolds was good for 20 points in the Bruins' loss and Peter Carlson had double figures as well with 12 counters. Reynolds also pulled down 12 rebounds in the loss.

Basalt 60, Bruins 24

Cedaredge managed to stay within striking distance in first-quarter action and trailed by just five (14-9) going to the second frame.

Basalt shifted gears to widen the scoring deficit between the two teams by another 10 points. The Longhorn's defense limited Cedaredge's offensive output to nine and seven points in the first two quarters.

Neither team was able to generate much offense in the third quarter. Unfortunately, Basalt's effort was seven points better than Cedaredge's and the Longhorns led 40-18 with one period left in the game.

Basalt stepped up its offensive tempo in the fourth quarter and put the game away with an explosive 20-6 run.

Michael Glen unloaded 25 points for Basalt in the victory and snagged 10 rebounds with five blocks to his credit. Justin Henderson dropped in 18 points in a support role for Glen.

The Bruins will have more stiff competition in the next three games beginning at Olathe on Feb. 3 (5:30/7 p.m.) and at home against Gunnison Feb. 4 (2/3:30 p.m.).

Cedaredge's next game is Feb. 7 in Delta for a rematch (6/7:30 p.m.).

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