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RANGELY I The Rangley High School girls’ basketball team is preparing for a big weekend as members prepare to play SoRoCo on Thursday then play Caprock Academy at home 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 choice.
“We are collecting pledges for every free throw we take,” he said. “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. The fund pays for fuel costs and hotel costs when (the family travels) for the cancer treatment.
“Jennifer Goddard lives here 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. 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,” he said. “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 led the scorers with four points each, and Desiree Coombs led the rebounders with six.
The regular season is coming to an end for the Panther girls as Friday night is Parents Night and the last home game.
The district tournament is next week, and the Rangely girls say they are ready for the challenge.