Wildcats wrap up 2012 with solid win

MONTROSE — Until next year, Fruita Monument.

The season will go on, of course, after the Wildcats’ girls basketball team downed Alamosa 67-48 at the Black Canyon Basketball Classic, but not until Jan. 10. And that’s against Grants in New Mexico.

Fruita won’t play another game in Colorado until Jan. 15, at home against Olathe.

But if any momentum could be carried for a month, the Wildcats (7-2) might have created it with their sweep of Roosevelt, Delta and Alamosa in the tournament.

Fruita scored 41 points in the first half against Alamosa.

“I saw some incredible basketball out there in the first half,” Fruita coach Richard Atkins said. “We scored 41 points, but you saw passing and ball movement and shooting and good defense. This is the first time we’ve had all that for us.”

Fruita Monument’s Sam Parks, who had four points, was selected one of the tournament’s most valuable players.

Other MVPs were Sydni Brandon of Grand Junction, Nicole Broyles of Alamosa (two points against Fruita); Sydney Jacox of Roosevelt, Callie Gafford of Delta and Stephanie Rowan of Montrose.

Left off the list was guard Lauren LaBonde, who jump-started Fruita in its win over Delta on Friday (11 points, six steals in the second quarter) and who had three 3-pointers and 13 points against Alamosa.

“It’s just nice to have her back,” Atkins said of LaBonde. “And she really has been making a big contribution. In that second half you saw her make some passes, some good ball movement where she got the ball to the high post where she needed to.”

That was just one of the things Eden Laase learned about her teammates Saturday.

“I learned that Alyssa Urban can run the court,” Laase said. “And Lauren is a real great passer, which people don’t give her credit for because she’s such a great scorer, but today she really moved the ball well.”

Fruita’s only losses going into Christmas break have been to ranked teams, Chaparral and Regis Jesuit.

“I think that’s respectable,” Atkins said. “I can see them as top-five teams in the state, so it was a good tournament for us.”

Montrose 53, Delta 39: Seven players scored at least six points, but none had more than seven, as Black Canyon Basketball Classic host Montrose prevailed with a balanced attack.

Delta, which opened its season at the tourney, dropped to 0-3. Skylyn Webb led the Panthers with 22 points.

Meeker 67, Plateau Valley 35: Meeker took a 40-16 lead into the half. Sarah Foss led Plateau Valley (1-3) with 11 points.


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