Sinner leads Wildcats to victory over Mullen

Jessica Sinner’s 15 points led the Fruita Monument girls basketball team to a 51-43 victory over Mullen on Friday night in the Wildcats’ season opener in Denver.

Lauren LaBonde hit seven of nine free throws and ended up with 10 points for Fruita, which outscored Mullen 22-10 from the free-throw line. Sinner made 7 of 9 free throws.

“We showed great composure. (Mullen) was fast and quick as we handled it well,” Fruita coach Dan Schmalz said.

Dakota Ridge 49, Grand Junction 48: Dakota Ridge hit a last-second, game-winning jump shot to down Grand Junction.

Erica Meister hit a free throw with 12 seconds remaining that gave the Tigers a 48-47 lead.

With seven seconds left, Grand Junction deflected two inbounds passes out of bounds. But with three seconds remaining Dakota Ridge finally got the ball inbounds before hitting the game-winner.

Hayden 38, Palisade 31: The Bulldogs couldn’t hold a halftime lead against Hayden’s bigger post players in the Meeker Tournament.

“They were lobbing it into the post player again and again,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said. “We have to get better at defending players bigger than us.”

Palisade (0-2) tried to rally, but missed some critical baskets in the fourth quarter.

Niwot 39, Central 26: Niwot outscored visiting Central 11-4 in the fourth quarter in the season opener for both teams.

Sara Bishop led Niwot with 16 points. Central trailed 22-17 at halftime.

Plateau Valley 85, DeBeque 54: Plateau Valley outscored De Beque 51-19 in the second half.

Teddy Grundy led Plateau Valley with 28 points, including three 3-pointers. Kyler Smith added 23 points for the Cowboys.

Ethan Martin paced De Beque with 20 points.


Grand Junction won the first two matches of the Tigers’ season opening dual against Paonia, but the Eagles got rolling after that for a 56-17 victory.


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