Friday night’s home second round girls basketball playoff game against Green Mountain was a special one in so many ways.
First, it was an intense game in which the Bears fell behind 12-2 after the first quarter, but battled back to tie the score at 13-13 at the half. The second half was close throughout, and Rifle trailed by one heading into the final minute of play, but got some key free throw makes (four in a row) from Senior Samantha Hinkle and then held off the Rams for a 34-31 victory to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
The second reason the night was so special was that Junior Elly Walter’s fourth quarter three-pointer gave her 1,000 points for her career. Scoring 1,000 points for a career is a rare feat for most high school basketball players, and doing it in her junior year in a home playoff game makes it even more memorable.
With the victory the 21-3 Bears, who are the 13th seed in the tournament, advance to face fourth-seeded Air Academy in Colorado Springs. The Kadets, who blasted Berthoud, 51-16, on Friday night are 20-4 on the season with one of their 20 wins coming against the second-seeded team in the state, Pueblo West.
The game will be played at Air Academy, which is on the Air Force base in Colorado Springs, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Cost of admittance will be $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.
Since the game is on the Air Force base, all visitors must enter through the South Gate (Exit #150) with no exceptions. Upon arrival to the security checkpoint the driver of the vehicle will state the name of the contest they are attending and provide them with a current driver’s license. They could also ask for your current vehicle registration and/or current proof of insurance. Everyone is subject to search when entering this federal installation. They may ask to open the trunk and/or perform a cursory check of the interior of the vehicle.