While the Cedaredge girls are on a new winning streak, the Bruin boys are working hard to end an end-of-the-season funk which includes losses in the last five games (from Jan. 20 through Feb. 3) the Bruins have played. The latest losses were to Olathe (59-50) and Gunnison (65-49).
Cedaredge's girls' only loss was to Grand Valley (38-34) on Jan. 26. Prior to that loss the Bruins had won 10 straight games. The new winning streak includes wins over Basalt, Olathe (27-16) and Gunnison (37-29).
Bruins 27, Olathe 16
Against Olathe Feb. 2, the Bruins got off to one of their slowest starts of the season and were outscored by Olathe 7-3 in the first quarter.
Courtney Freeman ignited a mini-run with a pair of 3s and two free throws in the second quarter helping Cedaredge take a 14-12 halftime lead.
Ryan Hilbig's defense took over in the second half to limit the Pirates to four points in the third quarter and no points in the fourth. Meanwhile, Cedaredge's offense was less than spectacular with eight points in the third frame and just five in the fourth to preserve the 27-16 (the lowest point-production of the season) victory.
Freeman finished with two free throws in the third quarter and had 10 points for the game to lead all scorers.
Olathe's top point-producer was Mariah Garcia who had eight points.
Bruins 37, GHS 29
In Gunnison on Saturday the game's winner was in doubt after a 7-4 first quarter with the Bruins holding the lead.
The Cowboys (2-3, 7-8) put together an 11-point second quarter and owned a 15-13 lead at halftime.
Following the break Cedaredge was three points better than the Cowboys and took a 25-24 lead after three quarters of action. The Bruins added seven more points to its lead in the final stanza to forge a 37-29 3A WSL victory.
Cedaredge (4-1, 13-1) received 10 points from Freeman and eight counters and six rebounds from Addison Schwarz. Makayla Kehmeier was good for six points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins in the win.
Pirates 59, Bruins 50
Cedaredge looked as though it might end its losing streak against the Pirates with an 18-7 first quarter against Olathe. That thought soon vanished when the Pirates countered with a 20-5 run in the second frame to take a 27-23 halftime lead.
The mid-game break seemed to help the Bruins in the third quarter. An 18-13 surge lifted the Bruins to a 41-40 lead with one quarter left to play.
Olathe (3-2, 8-7) got hot in the fourth quarter and stole the game with a 19-9 run and a 59-50 decision.
Peter Carlson's 23 points and 15 rebounds highlighted Cedaredge's efforts but were not enough to secure a win. Baylee Piper scored 13 points and had four assists for the Bruins.
Olathe's Jorge Gonzalez continued his torrid shooting spree with 24 points, including four 3s, with Dawson Walraven contributing 10 points and eight rebounds to the Pirates' win.
Cowboys 64, CHS 49
Gunnison worked a fast-paced first quarter to score 20 points and a 12-point lead after the first eight minutes of play in Gunnison.
An 11-11 second quarter left the Cowboys in charge with a 31-19 lead at the break.
Gunnison came out firing following halftime and stretched its lead to 23 points on a 21-10 run in the third quarter. The Bruins did not quit and exacted some revenge with a 20-12 fourth quarter to make the final score 64-49.
Cedaredge (0-5, 6-8), following Tuesday night (Feb. 6) play against Delta, has two games scheduled for the rest of the week. Vail Christian (7-2, 11-3 in 2A District 5) visits the Bruin Den Feb. 9 for varsity games at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Cedaredge travels to Aspen (1-2, 3-11 3A WSL) on Saturday for 2 and 3:30 p.m. games.