Brodie keys victory for Warrior girls

Central’s D’Kota Brodie hits a short jumper for two of her 17 points Thursday in the Warriors’ 47-46 victory over Cheyenne South at the Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club Invitational. Brodie also had eight rebounds in the win.

D’Kota Brodie scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Central High School girls basketball team defeated Cheyenne South (Wyo.) 47-46 on Thursday at the Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club Invitational.

Central coach Mary Doane said the Warriors (3-7) led 
47-40 with two minutes remaining and held on at the last possession.

“We boxed out and got the rebound and held onto the basketball,” Doane said.

Cheyenne South pressed the entire game, Doane said, and Central finally figured the press out in the final quarter.

“And we got some good breakaway opportunities,” Doane said.

Doane said sophomore Teesa Combs hit a key jump shot in the fourth quarter to help Central grab a lead.

“She caught the ball on the baseline and ripped it,” Doane said. “Just a one-dribble, pull-up jumper. It got momentum going in our direction.”

Rifle 43, Palisade 26: After Palisade pulled within 26-20 late in the third quarter, Rifle pulled away, scoring the next eight points and outscoring the Bulldogs 17-6 the rest of the way.

“We closed out the game better offensively than we have all year,” Bears coach Rick Schmitz said.

Schmitz added his team played well on defense throughout the game.

Chante Church led Rifle (4-3, 2-1 4A Western Slope League) with 17 points and Joey Kuheim followed with 16.

“They’ve been our most consistent scorers,” Schmitz said of the Bears’ duo. “It’s nice to see them continue to do that. They hit some critical shots throughout the game. We had some other players step up and hit big shots, too, that were just as important.”

Palisade coach Danielle Bagwell said the difference in the game was execution on offense.

“They executed their offense very well, and we did not execute our offense,” she said, adding she liked the way her team clawed back into the game, but “at that point, we started rushing on offense and got into some foul trouble.”

Moriah Rayment led the Bulldogs (2-3, 2-1 4A WSL) with nine points.

Boys basketball

The Palisade boys basketball team displayed its depth, defeating Rifle 49-39 in a first-day game of the Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club Invitational.

Palisade plays 10 players, rotating in fresh bodies that allow it to keep constant pressure on defense, and the Bulldogs (4-2, 3-0 4A WSL) are unselfish and balanced on offense.

Jesus Aguirre led the Bulldogs with 12 points and Luke McLean and Levi Hoaglund scored nine apiece. Hoaglund also grabbed 10 rebounds and drew praise from Palisade coach Brian Tafel.

“He was a man tonight, a man amongst boys,” Tafel said. “He really provided a spark off the bench that we’ve been waiting for.”

Tafel had good things to say about most of his players, adding, “We have a really unselfish team, and we played really unselfish tonight.”

For the Bears (2-5 0-3 4A WSL), center Tanner Quick was the offense. Rifle fed him down low, and he faked, spun and wriggled his way to layups and 23 points.

“Obviously the next time we play them we have to do a better job of containing him,” Tafel said. “He’s their best offensive player, and they really played through him tonight.”

Rifle coach Roger Walters said Palisade played solid all around.

“They play so hard and do a really good job of pressuring,” he said.

Central 62, Cheyenne South 48: Trey Fair scored 21 points and Giles Woolsey added 11 as Central improved to 3-7.  The Warriors led 28-24 at the half and broke the game open by outscoring South 17-7 in the third quarter.


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