Fruita pulls away in 2nd half to top Smoky Hill at Hinkley Challenge

Alex Padgett’s 14 points helped the Fruita Monument boys basketball team claim a 61-50 victory over Smoky Hill on Friday in the Hinkley Challenge, the Wildcats’ second game of the day.

Drew Bridges added 12 for the Wildcats, who again got out to a quick start, leading 22-19, then pushed the lead to 38-28 at halftime. The Buffaloes came back and cut the lead to five, 45-40, but Fruita pulled away.

In the Wildcats’ first game Friday, Rangeview rallied for a 54-49 victory, rattling off nine straight points early in the fourth quarter.

“We played a good game against a good team,” Fruita Monument coach Dave Fox said. “I’m proud of our team for playing two games and coming back and beating Smoky Hill.”

Bridges had 17 points and Padgett 11 for the Wildcats against Rangeview.

Central dropped its two games in the same tournament, 60-46 to Hinkley and 74-44 to Loveland.

Against Hinkley, the Warriors were up 28-24 at halftime, but Hinkley went on a 20-8 run in the third quarter. Taylor Sanchez scored 11 points and Zach Padilla 10.

Plateau Valley 44, Norwood 32: Anthony Mora led the Cowboys with 18 and Teddy Grundy added 15.

Paonia 68, Cedaredge 52: The Eagles trailed the entire first half before outscoring Cedaredge 45-22 in the second half. Kacey Kropp had a game-high 20 points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

With Taylor Johnson on the bench in the third quarter in foul trouble, Jenni Sneddon hit a big 3-pointer to help Fruita Monument hold off Olathe 46-44.

Taylor Utu hit 7 of 8 free throws and finished with 11 points for the Wildcats and Jessica Sinner added 10.

The game was close throughout, with the Wildcats up 23-20 at halftime and 38-36 entering the fourth quarter.

Emily Brummitt led the Pirates with 16 points and Morgan Stansberry added 15.

Grand Junction 42, Roosevelt 39: Fawn Brady scored 22 points to lead the Tigers at the Black Canyon Tournament in Montrose.

Paula Lage added 12 for the Tigers, who led most of the way, but fell behind 38-34 with 1:24 to play. They regrouped for an 8-1 run that clinched the victory.

Sterling 58, Central 35: The Warriors finally solved Sterling’s half-court trap in the fourth quarter, but by that time, Central trailed 48-21 in the Poudre Tournament.

Central outscored Sterling 14-8 in the fourth quarter.

“The girls are starting to understand,” Central coach Todd Dixon said. “We’ve averaged 25 points and the last couple of games we’ve put up 35.”

Jordan Eller led Central with 15 points.

Delta 60, Hotchkiss 45: Skylyn Webb led the Panthers with a season-high 21 points.

Swimming

Montrose won the Grand Junction Quadrangular at the El Pomar Natatorium with 624 points.

Durango finished second at 513, followed by Grand Junction’s 367 and Palisade/Central’s 326.

Montrose or Durango finished first in all of the swimming events, but Grand Junction’s Heather Jenkins was the top diver with 153.43 points.

Montrose’s Emily Stucky won the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 4.01 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.65.

For the Tigers, Jessica Deters finished fourth in the 100 butterfly in 1:11.49 and sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:39.29.

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