Heading into some big games against Palisade this Friday night at home with league championship implications on the line, the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are on winning streaks of six and eight games respectively.
The eight-game streak for the girls keeps Rifle tied with Palisade for first place in the league with 6-1 league records. The Bears are 13-3 overall while the Bulldogs are 15-2. This makes Friday night’s 6 p.m. matchup in Jack Smith Gymnasium a potential deciding game for a Western Slope League title, although there will still be several league games remaining for both teams.
During the eight-game win streak, Rifle’s stifling defense has been allowing only 33 points per game, including holding Eagle Valley’s Kylie Martin, who was nearing 1,000 career points at the time, to just 5 points. The Bears held the entire team (a team that later defeated Palisade) to just 21 points.
While the girls’ game Friday night has league title implications, the boys’ game has ramifications toward a league title as well. Rifle’s six-game win streak has moved it into second place in the league with a 6-2 league record, just one game behind Eagle Valley who the Bears defeated earlier this season for the Devils’ only league loss.
Rifle’s senior Jacob Boone has led the Bears offensively all season with a league-leading 19.5 points per game scoring average. Sophomore Carter Sturgeon is also among league leaders in rebounds (7.5 per game) and assists (3.3 per game). Senior Blaine Vance is third in the league with 3.8 assists per game.
The varsity boys game on Friday is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start. The girls team will play again on Saturday at home against Grand Junction at 2 p.m.