Rifle goes undefeated; GJ wins Heritage tourney

Grand Junction’s girls basketball team drifted on a wave of emotions Saturday against Farview.

As the clock wound down, the Tiger girls found themselves on the losing end a 58-50 decision in a back and-forth game against the Knights.

“It was a roller coaster the whole game,” Grand Junction sophomore Paula Lage said. “It started off when we were winning, we hit shots and easy layups, then you start falling behind and we would pick it back up.”

Lage scored 11 points for the Tigers, helping pick up the slack when senior forward Lisa Hughes ran into foul trouble.

“Paula’s going to be a great player,” said Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza. “She’s one of those sophomores who is getting better each time she steps on the floor.”

For the second game in row, the Knights found themselves winning because of free-throw shooting.

Fairview junior Casey Thayer, who made six free throws in a row to beat Fruita Monument on Friday, missed the second half of Saturday’s game with an injury.

Her replacement, Sarah Fosco, put up the big numbers, hitting 16 of 20 free throws and finished with 25 points.

“Casey has been our leading scorer. Sarah stepped in and hit the free throws and took on the challenge of having the ball in her hands to be fouled,” Fairview coach Rod Beauchamp said.

The fouls ended up hurting the Tigers in the second half when Hughes picked up her fourth foul early in the third quarter.

“When you play man defense, you’re going to foul people,” Provenza said. “We’ve committed to playing man-to-man this season, and we’re going to work on moving our feet instead of our hands a lot more.”

The third quarter was a cat and mouse game, with the teams combining to score only 14 points, 10 of which went to Fairview.

“We couldn’t get a basket to fall,” Provenza said. “Our offense slowed a lot in that third quarter, I don’t know why.

We were kind of hesitant to throw wing passes.  The first three minutes of the half I thought we did a great job defensively. We just didn’t do much offensively.”

Two of the Tigers’ points in the third were from Lage, who tied the game at 26-26. Fosco then hit her only 3-pointer of the game to put the Knights up 29-26.

The Tigers play in the Wildcat Invitational at Fruita Monument this weekend.


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