Kenagy leads ‘Cats past Indians

The Fruita Monument High School boys basketball team needed a big game Tuesday night from Tyler Kenagy.

The Wildcats got just that.

Kenagy had 11 points and seven assists in a 68-50 victory over the Indians at Fruita.

“Tyler Kenagy came out and played,” Fruita Monument coach Dave Fox said. “I’m really proud of him.”

Kenagy got the Wildcats going early hitting timely jumpers in the first quarter to give Fruita (10-6, 4-0 Southwestern League)  a 21-17 lead.

Kenagy also set up James Lewis for two of his eight first-quarter points.

“Kenagy really stepped up,” said Lewis, who finished with 16 points. “He’s been struggling, but he came back and had big game.”

The reason Kenagy’s teammates and coaches were so impressed with his performance was because the senior forward was scoreless in the Wildcats’ past two games.

“He’s struggled the last couple of ballgames and he’s a big part of our team,” Fox said. “I’m about the law of averages. He wasn’t making those mid-range jump shots, and that’s his shot. He finally did tonight.”

With Kenagy and Lewis both flowing offensively, the Wildcats distanced themselves in the second quarter, pushing their lead to 36-24 on a layup by Drew Bridges.

Bridges was battling the Indians’ 6-foot-8 Brian Davidson on the inside, and both players got their scoring opportunities.

Bridges finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Davidson led the Indians (12-4, 2-2 SWL) with 22 points.

“Drew did a good job on the inside,” Fox said. “Early in the game they were blasting three guys at Drew, but he stayed patient.”

Montrose made its biggest push in the third quarter, cutting the lead to 50-42

Despite never trailing, Fox said the game had an intense feel throughout.

“It was a good ballgame,” Fox said. “I felt like they were always one basket away from making a run.”

The Wildcats made sure the Indians didn’t make that run, outscoring the Indians 18-8 in the fourth quarter.

Fruita Monument had four players in double figures, including Alex Padgett with 10 points.

“This was good,” Lewis said. “Our confidence was high, and playing these guys leveled us out.”

Montrose dropped its second SWL game.

“We knew Fruita Monument was good,” Davidson said. “They are fundamentally sound, and they expose your weaknesses, so with what we saw, we know we can do better.”


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