Rangely girls to end league play this week

By HALLIE BLUNT
Special to the Herald Times
RANGELY I The Rangley High School girls’ basketball team looks ahead to a big week as they play Soroco today then take on Caprock Academy at home on Friday for the last league game.
On Saturday, the Panther girls head to Baggs to play Little Snake River in the “Pink” game.
Coach Quinton Kent said, “The pink game is going to be a special event because both teams are collecting pledges to donate to a charity of our choice. We are collecting pledges for every free throw we take. If we make the free throw, we are donating 100 percent of those pledges to Jennifer Goddard for her stem-cell treatment. If we miss, we are donating 80 percent of that free throw pledge to Jennifer Goddard and 20 percent to Little Snake River’s charity Walk 4 Life, which is a local charity in Baggs set up to help people who have cancer pay for their fuel costs and hotel costs when they travel for their cancer treatment.
Jennifer Goddard lives in Rangely, and, although she does not have cancer, we decided to donate to her stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis because her daughter plays on our team and we felt like that would make it more personal to our team.”
On Tuesday, the team will travel to West Grand for the first round of the district tournament.
Coach Kent said, “If we win, we will play the winner of Hayden vs Meeker on Thursday.” Winners advance to the regional tournament and the team that loses is done for the year.
Rangely played Paonia on Friday last week and the Eagles proved to be too much for the Panthers.
Kent said, “They were good the first time we played them and I think they are playing much better defense now. We struggled to find a scoring option.”
The game was 17-8 at half and the Panthers were unable to score in the third period.
The final score was 46-18.
Katelyn Brown and Lindzey Thacker lead the Panther scorers with four points each and Desiree Coombs led the rebounders with six.
The regular season is coming to an end for the Panthers as Friday night is their Parents’ Night and last home game.
The district tournament is in a week, and coach Kent hopes the post season often brings out the best in the team.