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Kremmling " W. Grand boys split games over the weekend with Grand Valley, Soroco

Larry Banman
Sky-Hi Daily News

West Grand and Soroco high schools matched up in an exciting boys basketball games Saturday in which the hometown Mustangs from West Grand were able to pull away in the final seconds to win 57-51.

Seniors Cory Davis and Mackenzie Widener scored 38 points to lead the Mustangs. Davis played one of his best games of the year, scoring 21 points, handling the ball well and hitting four of five freethrows.

Widener nailed four three-pointers, scored 17 points and hit three of his four freethrows.

“I thought the boys responded very well after getting beat by Grand Valley on Friday night,” coach Leo Pesch said. “They maintained their poise throughout the game, which was close until the final buzzer.”

West Grand’s six-point lead was its biggest of the evening. The two teams battled to a 27-27 draw at halftime, after West Grand had built a one-point lead after one quarter.

Freshman Connor Widener hit a three-pointer in the first half and Marshall Kraker had all of his four points in the second quarter.

Senior Rory Menhennett scored five points, including one key three- pointer in the third quarter. The shot came when the Mustangs hit a three-pointer at the end of the quarter.

That basket gave West Grand a two-point lead and momentum going into the fourth quarter. The Soroco bench was visibly disheartened when the shot settled in the twine as the buzzer sounded.

In the fourth quarter, Davis and Widener scored all 14 points for West Grand. The senior guards combined for 14 points and a perfect five-for-five from the charity stripe.

Cody Miles scored 14 points to lead Soroco, while Bobby Mason and Alex Estes scored 10 apiece. The Rams don’t have a single senior on their squad, giving them hope for a strong year next season.

It was a bit of a different story on Friday night, as Grand Valley’s Tyler Jenson scored 23 points to lead a balanced attack that led the Cardinals to a 65-31 victory.

Grand Valley raced to a 17-4 first quarter lead and a 37-13 advantage at the end of the first half. Things didn’t get better in the third quarter as the Cardinals outscored the Mustangs, 20-4 in the third quarter.

“We allowed them to play exactly the kind of game they want to,” coach Pesch said, “and the results were not pretty.”

The Cardinals are the defending state champions in Class 2A and on Friday they looked the part. To support Jenson, seven players for Grand Valley scored at least four points. Tyler Radel had eight points as the second-leading scorer.

For the Mustangs, Kraker led the scoring effort with 10 points.

Widener had nine points, all of them scored in the final frame.

“I was glad that we were able to finish the weekend on a high note,” Pesch said. “It was good to get a league win.”

The Mustangs travel to North Park on Thursday night for a league game against the Wildcats. On Friday night, the Mustangs host Rangely in a league game and then play Hayden on Saturday. The Rangely game is a league contest while the Hayden game will not be used to determine district seeding.

West Grand has defeated North Park twice this year, 58-45, in the Meeker Tournament and 60-25 in a Jan. 19 game in which the Mustangs played one of their better games of the season.

West Grand lost to Rangely in the first game of the year, 70-44, and have lost twice to Hayden, 59-44 in the Meeker tournament and 66-63 in a game January game that counted as the league game.

For the season, West Grand is 7-7 and 1-3 in league play.


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