The Cedaredge Bruins' girls basketball team was in both games played in this year's regional playoffs. No. 11 Cedaredge won its opener in Parker at Lutheran High School against No. 22 Prospect Ridge Academy, 54-34.
With the win Cedaredge advanced to face No. 6 Lutheran in the title game in regional play. The Lions got the breaks, and the win, with a 17-10 fourth quarter which produced a final score of 49-45.
The loss to Lutheran (20-4) ended Cedaredge's season with a record of 18-6.
Bruins 54, Miners 34
Cedaredge held a 24-20 halftime lead against the Miners and simply kept its foot on the gas in second half play to outscore its opponents 30-20, including a 15-4 third quarter, for the win and a berth in the Sweet 16.
Sophomore Kammie Henderson led all scorers in the game with 15 points for the Bruins. Nine of those 15 points came in the first quarter on an 11-7 run by Cedaredge.
Senior Courtney Freeman used long-range shooting to keep her Bruin teammates on pace with three 3-pointers in the second quarter to finish with 11 points. Junior Makayla Kehmeier also had 11 points in the win for Cedaredge. Brittany Gioso scored 10 points to lead the Miners' offense.
Lions 49, Bruins 45
The regional title game was close all the way with Cedaredge holding the lead for three quarters of play, 35-32. A wild fourth quarter turned things around for Lutheran in a 17-10 run for the Lions.
Freeman (nine points) and Henderson (seven points) were Cedaredge's leading scorers in the game. Stephanie Schultz scored 16 points to lead the Lions offense.
Cedaredge coach Russell Coleman told the story of what could have been. "We were all heartbroken on Saturday, as we led for most of the game. We were really one shot away from the State Tournament. In the last minute and a half, if one of our shots goes in or one of theirs misses, we're getting ready for a trip back to Denver this week."
It would be easy to say we had a good season and let it go, but Coleman has a different outlook on what transpired in the 2018-19 season. "When you look back at the season, this team did some amazing things. We only lost six games and five of those losses came to teams playing in the state tournament, the other was at Craig against Moffat County when we had some girls missing due to illness. This team played in its first District Final in many years and finished in the Sweet 16. Right now we're disappointed, but when we look back at this season, I think we will be proud of what this team fought through and overcame to have as strong a season as we did. The fight in these girls is off the charts. It's their work ethic, dedication and commitment to a team that will take them much farther in their lives than any win or loss on the basketball court."