Solid shooting from line lifts ‘Dogs to win
Kane Gunther scored half of his 14 points in the fourth quarter Friday night, including five free throws, to help the Palisade High School boys basketball team claim a 48-41 victory over Montezuma-Cortez in the Palisade Rotary Invitational at the Bulldogs’ gym.
Palisade led by two, 33-31, entering the fourth but got buckets from Gunther, Luke McLean and Kyle Monger and made nine of 13 free throws to pull away.
Monger and Connor Whaley scored 10 points each for the Bulldogs (6-2), who play Rifle at 2:30 this afternoon to wrap up the tournament.
Cortez got 13 points from Jay Rainer and 10 from Destry Smith.
Cheyenne South 55, Rifle 43: South’s Kyhler Cummings hit six 3-pointers and scored 21 points in the win over Rifle in the other game of the Palisade tourney.
South, coached by former Grand Junction High School coach Jim Shaffer, led 30-29 at halftime but outscored the Bears 19-5 in the third quarter. Adam Haberkorn scored nine of his 11 points in the third quarter for South.
Fruita Monument 71, Dakota Ridge 51: The 10th-ranked Wildcats bounced back from Thursday’s loss in the Hinkley Tournament, with Drew Bridges scoring 19 points, Alex Padgett 17 and Cody Daniels 11.
Unlike Thursday, when poor free-throw shooting hurt Fruita, the Wildcats were money at the line, hitting 14 of 16. Padgett and Daniels each hit a pair of 3-pointers and Zack Thorpe had one as part of his nine points.
Up only three after the first quarter, Fruita outscored Dakota Ridge 15-8 in the second quarter and led 48-40 going into the final quarter, when the Wildcats outscored the Eagles 23-10.
Smoky Hill 78, Central 42: Taylor Sanchez scored 17 points for the Warriors in the Hinkley Tournament, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 39-16 halftime deficit.
Smoky Hill outscored the Warriors 21-9 in the second quarter to take control of the game.
Plateau Valley 49, Norwood 47: Teddy Grundy’s 26 points lifted the Cowboys, who got 11 from Kyler Smit.
Plateau Valley trailed 35-34 going into the fourth quarter but outscored Norwood 15-12.
Grand Junction jumped into a full-court press in the second half to overcome an eight-point halftime deficit and edge Olathe 53-49 in the Montrose Black Canyon Invitational.
Jamie Derrieux scored 17 points, again, making a living at the free-throw line, going 10 of 12, and Sydni Brandon scored 16. Tawni Middleton led Olathe, which had a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter with 22 points and Kylie Tait added 13.
Roosevelt 51, Fruita Monument 48: Despite three players in double figures, the Wildcats’ bad third quarter cost them.
The game was tied 23-23 at halftime, but the Wildcats came out cold in the third quarter and scored only five points, falling behind 36-28. They rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Roosevelt 20-15, but couldn’t make up for the third quarter.
Jessica Sinner had 16 points, Lauren LaBonde 13 and Kassidy Fair 11 for the Wildcats.
Greeley Central 41, Central 38: Jordan Eller scored 13 points and Brittany Hoppe 12 for the Warriors, who had trouble getting started, falling behind 11-6.
The Warriors cut the deficit to 23-19 at halftime and outscored Greeley Central 19-18 in the second half and had a couple of chances to tie the game in the final minute but couldn’t get a key bucket to fall.
Montezuma-Cortez 32, Palisade 20: In the girls Rotary Invitational at Palisade, Sydney Bayles scored 17 points for the Panthers, who led 15-11 at halftime. Cortez took control by outscoring the Bulldogs 14-2 in the third quarter.
Three players each scored four points for Palisade, Emily Crow, Flannery Davis and Sierra Detwiler.
Rifle 50, Cheyenne South 35: Chante Church’s 26 points paced the Bears in the early girls game at Palisade and Ashley Rickstrew had 13.
Rifle hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 19-9 lead and was never seriously threatened.