Pine Creek’s defense too much for Central to overcome in basketball
The Central High School girls basketball team set the bar high with its first opponent of the season, Pine Creek, ranked No. 10 in Class 5A.
The Warriors, a team with limited varsity experience, struggled in an 80-25 loss Saturday at Central in their season opener.
“I liked the way we hustled,” coach Todd Dixon said. “I saw a lot of growth from the summer with this team. Throw away the score, we did some positive things. There’s a ton of stuff we’ve got to work on.”
Central’s offense consistently struggled with Pine Creek’s pressure defense, committing numerous turnovers that were turned into breakaway scores. The Warriors never scored more than seven points in a quarter and were limited to seven field goals.
The defense finally settled into its zone in the second half and disrupted several plays.
Robbi Termentozzi led Central with eight points, hitting two shots and making 4 of 7 free throws. Amanda Chaffin established herself in the post despite dealing with early foul trouble. Chaffin finished with four points. Brittany Hoppe had five points.
Jenna Howerton led Pine Creek with 15 points and Stephanie Knowles had 13.
Fruita Monument lost 71-49 at Mullen.
The Wildcats scored consistently but struggled defensively, allowing 25 points in the first quarter.
Fruita trailed by nearly 20 points the entire game after falling behind 43-26 at halftime.
Lauren Lebonde led Fruita with 13 points. Megan Reynoso hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points.
Palisade lost in the championship game of the Meeker Invitational, 59-33 to Hayden.
“We had an off day,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said. “Their pressure defense wasn’t something we had seen a whole lot of.”
Olevia Shafer and Kailie Wallace each scored eight points. Shafer and Kendra Barnes were selected to the all-tournament team.
Grand Junction lost a defensive battle 49-45 to Horizon at the Dakota Ridge Tournament.
The Tigers trailed 34-31 at halftime and couldn’t find much offense in the second half. The Tigers were held to five third-quarter points.
Fawn Brady led the Tigers with 13 points and Camille Goodsell added 10.
Montrose dominated its own invitational, winning the title with 812 points.
Durango finished second with 385 points. Grand Junction turned in 165 points for sixth place and Fruita Monument finished seventh with 140 points.
The Tigers’ Gillian McLean won the diving competition with 338.10 points. Grand Junction’s Ellen Atkinson finished sixth in the 100-yard individual medley in 1:14.54.
Montrose’s Emily Stucky qualified for the state meet with a time of 25.48 in the 50-yard freestyle.