Robinson lifts Tigers past Indians

The Grand Junction boys basketball team raced to an early lead and never let go of it, defeating Montrose 64-48 in each team’s Southwestern League opener Friday night at Montrose.

“Anytime you win at Montrose, you take it,” Grand Junction coach Dutch Johnson said. “This is as tough of a place to play as any in the league. I’m glad to get it out of the way.”

Broderick Robinson led the way for the Tigers with 30 points. The junior hit five 3-pointers, including four in the first quarter.

“When he shoots the three that well, it makes him that much harder to guard,” Johnson said.

Zach Kiel added 14 points, and D.J. Wells scored 11 for Grand Junction (9-3, 1-0 SWL).

Angelo Youngren led Montrose with 18 points. Cole Auker had 10 for the Indians before fouling out.

“Once Angelo is healthy, they will be that much better,” Johnson said.

Palisade 71, Glenwood Springs 46: The Bulldogs (8-3, 6-0 Western Slope League) outscored Glenwood 24-5 in the third quarter as they cruised to their third straight victory.

Palisade continued its undefeated league season and broke 70 points for the second time this season. Levi Hoaglund led the Bulldogs with 13 points, and hit three 3-pointers. Caden Woods added 12 points.

“I think our defensive intensity and our ball pressure really sparked our offense,” Palisade coach Brian Tafel said. “I thought we were able to wear them out in the first half with our pressure. When you’re able to get ball pressure and force those turnovers, it allows you to have big runs like we did in the third quarter.”

Plateau Valley 77, Vail Mountain 38: Kyler Smith scored 29 points to lead the Cowboys (4-3, 1-1 1A/2A WSL), who raced to a 
50-24 halftime lead.

Girls basketball

Fruita Monument’s girls basketball team is usually sluggish in the early going of games. Not on Friday.

Surging to a 26-3 lead after a quarter, the Wildcats cruised to an 87-22 rout of visiting Montezuma-Cortez.

“The one thing I saw, our kids came out at the beginning and played really hard,” Fruita coach Richard Atkins said. “Usually it takes us a quarter to get going. We did it from the get-go tonight.”

Lauren LaBonde’s 22 points paced Fruita, which opened Southwestern League play with a flourish to improve to 10-4 overall. Kassidy Fair added 13 points, Michelle Hunter 10 and Sam Parks nine as a number of Wildcats found their way into the scorebook.

It wasn’t all good for Fruita, though. Atkins said the Wildcats’ Sonya Lopez appeared to sustain a concussion in the fourth quarter when she and a Panthers player collided. Her availability for today’s noon home game against Durango remained unclear Friday night.

Durango 37, Central 24: D’Kota Brodie scored a team-high eight points for Central, but the Warriors fell to Durango.

Central (4-9, 0-1 Southwestern League) scored five points in the first half, but put up 19 in the second.

Emily McCue led Durango (8-2, 1-0) with eight points.

“In the first half we had 17 turnovers, and 12 of them were travels,” Central coach Mary Doane said. “We work on jump stops and ball handling every single day, and we looked like we’d never done it in our life. We just didn’t make great choices tonight.”

Swimming and diving

Grand Junction captured the team title at Friday’s Delta Invitational girls swimming and diving meet.

Taylor Kidd and Marina Silva each won a pair of events for the Tigers, with Kidd claiming the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles and Silva sprinting to triumphs in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

Grayson Young (diving) and Trinity Simmons (500 freestyle) also won events for the Tigers, who won two relays: the 200 medley and 400 freestyle.

Second-place Fruita Monument claimed four first-place finishes: Kathryn McConnell in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley; Kendall Clark in the 100 breaststroke; and the Wildcats’ 200 freestyle relay.

Karolina Latek’s second-place swim in the 100 butterfly paced Central/Palisade, which finished fourth in the five-team meet.


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