Fossil Ridge girls basketball coach Chad Salz liked almost everything his team did Saturday night. The final score wasn’t one of them.
Chaparral, ranked No. 7 in Class 5A, made a few more plays down the stretch to pull out a 56-50 victory over the visiting SaberCats.
The game was tied 35-35 going into the fourth quarter. Chaparral’s edge came at the free-throw line, where it made 16 of 21. Fossil Ridge made just 10 of 20.
“We deserved to win that game,” said Salz, in his second season with the SaberCats. “We did a lot of the little things I wanted to see … but we just couldn’t finish.”
It was the first loss of the season for Fossil Ridge (5-1), which was receiving votes in the 5A coaches poll by The Denver Post. The SaberCats host city rival Poudre on Tuesday.
Savannah Smith scored 21 points and made five 3-points to lead Fossil Ridge. Lauren Roeling added seven points and Gabby Smith had six.
Katie Longwell had 15 for Chaparral (7-0) and Dayton DeMarais added 13.
JIM ELLIOT 48, LIBERTY COMMON 33 — At Highlands Ranch, Hannah Ellis had 13 points and Rachel Tralmer added nine in a loss for the Eagles (3-3).
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN 75, PLATTE CANYON 51 — At Loveland, Wyatt Simon scored 22 points and Brock Buxman added 17 as the Cougars bounced back from a loss to take third place in their tournament.
Luke Mondt and Tex Feilmeier each added 11 points for Resurrection Christian, which blew the game open in the second half after leading by just four points at halftime.
WARRIOR CLASSIC — At Grand Junction, Rocky Mountain took second place out of 38 teams. The Lobos scored 182 points, finishing behind Paonia.
Ben Drysdale (132 pounds) and Danny Clark (145) each had second-place showings for the Lobos. Dan Macoubrie (220) and Tony Martinez (285) finished third, while Logan Newman (113) was fourth. Danny Murphy (126) and Alex Klaer (182) each placed fifth.
GILLETTE INVITATIONAL — At Gillette, Wyo., Poudre dropped three duals to out-of-state teams on the final day of the tournament.
Scottsbluff (Neb.) beat the Impalas 48-36, host Campbell County (Wyo.) won 65-7 and Bismark (N.D.) Century won 62-10.
Bo Daniel Hagans at 132 pounds went 6-1 in the tournament for the Impalas.
— Coloradoan staff