By Wayne Crick
After losing its first game of the season to Paonia last week, Cedaredge High School’s girls basketball team got back to winning games with a 54-30 victory over Olathe High School’s Pirates on Feb. 16. The Bruins’ boys also played consistently and claimed a 49-40 win over the Pirates.
Cedaredge used a smothering defense to limit the Pirates to just five points in the first quarter and 13 for the first half of action in the girls’ game. Meanwhile, the Bruins’ offense led by eight after one period and had assumed a 36-13 lead by halftime.
The game was evenly played in the second half with the Bruins’ bench seeing lots of playing time.
Senior Kammie Henderson funneled 17 points through the nets to lead Cedaredge’s offense with junior Megan Jenkins adding 13 counters in a support role. Senior Elizabeth Gilmore finished with 8 points in the game and had 10 rebounds for the Bruins in the win. Junior Paige McGovern had 7 points and contributed 6 assists and 4 steals.
Olathe seniors Mariah Garcia and Evani Ruiz scored 8 points each for Olathe to lead the Pirates offensive efforts.
On the boys’ side of the evening, senior Jasper Thomas had 12 points and sophomore Gideon Gilmore finished with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals for the Bruins. Junior Brysen Harris had 6 rebounds and senior Alex Barron recorded 6 assists and 4 steals in the win with sophomore Kevin Barron pulling down 5 rebounds.
Cedaredge held a narrow 21-16 lead at halftime and outscored the Pirates 28-24 in the second half to account for the 49-40 margin of victory.
The Bruins finished the week in Collbran against Plateau Valley with the girls scoring a 63-33 victory and the boys earning a 45-34 win.
Paige McGovern led Cedaredge’s offense with 15 points and finished the game with eight assists and five steals. Kammie Henderson netted 13 points and had three assists and four steals while senior Elizabeth Gilmore had 11 points with 11 rebounds and four steals. Megan Gastineau scored nine points and had two assists and five steals and Megan Jenkins had seven points and nine rebounds.
A 20-6 first quarter set the tone for Saturday’s game with a 12-2 fourth quarter putting a cap on the 30-point win for the Bruins’ girls.
In the boys’ game, Gilmore scored 12 points and Alex Barron had nine to lead a balanced scoring effort from Cedaredge. The Bruins owned a 25-20 lead at halftime and added another 11 counters in the second half to account for the 11-point win, 45-34.
Olathe’s girls slipped to 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the 2A/1A Western Slope-South League while the Bruins are 7-1 in league and 9-1 overall. Cedaredge’s boys moved to 6-4 overall and 6-3 in league play and Olathe is 2-5 overall and 2-4 in league following last week’s games.
Cedaredge’s schedule has the Bruins hosting Paonia on Feb. 25 for a rematch between the Eagles and Bruins. Earlier in the season, Paonia’s girls handed Cedaredge its only loss of the season, 29-27 in Paonia. The Bruins’ boys will look to sweep the season series after defeating Paonia the first time the two teams met. Game times are 3 (JV girls), 4:30 (JV boys), 6 (V girls) and 7:30 (V boys) p.m.
The Cedaredge girls will travel to Ignacio on Friday, Feb. 26, to face the Bobcats in games scheduled for 4 (JV) and 5:30 (V) p.m. Cedaredge’s boys varsity team will host De Beque on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, March 2, the Bruins are in Grand Junction to face Caprock Academy’s Eagles at 3 (JV boys), 5 (V boys) and JV girls, and 7 (V girls).