Basketball: Grand Valley races past Aspen Skiers |

Basketball: Grand Valley races past Aspen Skiers

Jon Mitchell
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Aspen High School's Tristan Niskanen defends against Grand Valley's Tanner Magee during Saturday night's boys basketball game in Parachute.
Jon Mitchell / Post Independent |

PARACHUTE — Grand Valley High School’s boys basketball team has plenty of memories of all of the losses it took at the hands of the Aspen Skiers in recent years.

The Cardinals returned the favor Saturday night.

Sam Parker finished with a game-high 30 points to lead four Grand Valley players in double figures, and Class 3A’s highest-scoring team rolled to a 96-63 Western Slope League victory at The Nest.

“We’ve been waiting for this game for a long time,” said Parker, who leads the classification in scoring. “So we were going to make sure we came out full throttle since we were at home, and we were going to keep it up win or lose. This time, we came out on top.”

And them some.

No. 8 in Class 3A

Grand Valley (8-1 overall, 4-0 league), the eighth-ranked team in the Associated Press Class 3A media poll, had a legitimate chance to reach the century mark before the Cardinals emptied their bench with just under 2 minutes left to play.

Also reaching double figures in scoring was Sam’s younger brother John (20 points), Gunner Rigsby (19) and Tanner Magee (12).

“Everybody talks about how well the Parker brothers can shoot,” first-year Aspen coach Rolf Schildman said. “But this is a team that can score in bunches, and it’s not a two-man show out there. They’ve got lots of players who can hit the open shot, and we had a hard time defending them.”

The Skiers (5-3, 1-2) had plenty of players who scored, also.

Patzoldt’s points

Evan Patzolt finished with a team-high 26 points to go with 10-point performances from Jack Rosenthal and Evan Geishart. But even with a 21-point third quarter, the Skiers still trailed 70-48 headed into the fourth.

“The kids really came out ready to play,” Grand Valley coach Scott Parker said. “Aspen has been beating us pretty good for a long time, so the kids were definitely focused and ready to play today.”

Grand Valley’s victory is the first for the Cardinals over the Skiers in three years, and the Cardinals made sure they were well on their way at the start.

The Skier pulled within 17-13 at the beginning of the second quarter, but the Cardinals responded with an 11-3 run — allowing no Aspen field goals in the process — to go up 28-16 with 4 minutes, 37 seconds remaining before halftime.

They pushed it to 47-27 by halftime, then used their long-range shooting and transition game to add to the lead even more as the game wore on.

“Really, it doesn’t matter to me how much we score,” Sam Parker said. “All I care about is that we win. That’s all that everyone here cared about today.”

“We got in foul trouble, and that hurt us,” Schildman said.

Dominick Alcorta, who had scored 24 points in Aspen’s win over Olathe on Friday night, fouled out Saturday with four points.

“We need to get back to the drawing board,” the Aspen head coach said.

The Skiers will play at Coal Ridge on Friday before hosting rival Basalt next Saturday afternoon.

Girls: Grand Valley 72, Aspen 15

PARACHUTE — Kyra Chenoweth finished with a game-high 28 points, and four of the Cardinals’ five scorers reached double figures in their 72-15 victory against the Skiers.

Bailey Roew and Jordan Scott added 12 points, and Kylyn Rigsby chipped in 11 for Grand Valley (6-3, 3-1 league), who jumped to a 27-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

McKenna Woodrow and Megan Hansen each finished with six points to pace the Skiers, who fell to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in league play.

The Skiers continue league play on Friday at Coal Ridge. The Cardinals also will continue league play Friday when they host Basalt.

Basalt will play at Aspen next Saturday afternoon.