Cedaredge High School's basketball teams hosted the Coal Ridge Titans on Saturday, Feb. 8. The scrappy Bruin girls team bounced back from the Feb. 4 loss to Delta High School to win a 68-49 decision in 3A Western Slope League play. Coach Craig Cerise's boys remained winless in the 3A WSL following a 74-36 loss to the Titans.
In girls action, junior Kammie Henderson and senior Makayla Kehmeier scored nearly half of Cedaredge's 68 points in the key WSL contest. Henderson scored 17 points in the win with teammate, Kehmeier, dropping in an additional 16 counters for the winners. Junior Kimmy Milholland added 14 points in the win for Cedaredge while junior Elizabeth Gilmore had five steals and sophomore Megan Gastineau posting three steals.
The Bruins jumped on top by seven, 16-9, after the opening period and held a 31-28 lead at the half. Cedaredge left little doubt as to the outcome of the game with a 24-7 run in the third quarter. The final quarter was a one-point advantage, 14-13, for the Titans making the final score 68-49.
In the nightcap, Cedaredge could not match the experience and play of the Titans and fell behind by eight after the first quarter had concluded. Coal Ridge kept its foot on the gas in a big second quarter to take a 36-17 lead to locker rooms at halftime.
A strong third quarter for Coal Ridge stretched the Titan's lead to 57-25. A 17-point fourth quarter gave Coal Ridge's its final score of 74-36. The Titans' Austin Gerber scored 20 points to lead all scorers in the game while teammates Moises Contreras, Daniel Sanchez and Hank DiMarco contributed 10 points each in the win. Cedaredge's Alex Barron had 13 points to lead the Bruins' offense while Owen Craig and Jasper Thomas pulled down six rebounds each in the loss.
Cedaredge will have faced three WSL foes when the week ends on Saturday, Feb. 16. The first league matchup was against Aspen on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Game two will be a home matchup with Roaring Fork (2-2 in league play and 3-11 overall). Games against Roaring Fork begin at 3 p.m. (girls JV), 4:30 p.m. (boys JV), 6 p.m. (girls varsity) and 7:30 p.m. (boys varsity). The Bruins end the week in Parachute against the Grand Valley Cardinals. Preliminary games (girls and boys) begin at 1 p.m. with the girls varsity scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start and the boys varsity at 4 p.m.