Miller’s late 3 lifts ‘Dogs past Sailors

Skyler Miller hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to give Palisade the lead for good in a 41-36 victory over Steamboat Springs in Class 4A Western Slope League boys basketball action Friday in Steamboat springs.

Miller led Palisade (6-3, 4-0 WSL) with 10 points. Daniel Ness hit a 3-pointer and had eight points.

Palisade went on an 8-0 run to start the game, but the Sailors (6-3, 2-2) responded with a 12-0 run and held onto the lead until Miller’s second 3-pointer of the night.

“It was good to come out with a win in Steamboat, which is always a tough place to play,” Palisade coach Brian Tafel said. “We had some rust but played well when we needed to play well.”

The Bulldogs tightened up their defense in the second half to chip away at their eight-point halftime deficit.

Palisade limited the Sailors to 11 points in the second half.

Shiprock, N.M. 67, Fruita Monument 46: Spencer Fair scored 25 points for the Wildcats, but Fruita Monument couldn’t overcome as 28-14 halftime deficit.

Hudson Robison added 10 points, hitting three 3-pointers, for the Wildcats, who dropped to 4-7 and will play an 11 a.m. game today to conclude play in the Aztec (N.M.) High School Tournament.

Meeker 52, Hotchkiss 37: Alex Smith scored 12 points to lead Meeker in a nonleague game at Hotchkiss (5-3).

Girls basketball

Palisade outscored Steamboat Springs 20-8 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 47-35 win.

Cruz Maestas scored 12 points, and Ashlyn Brown and Aspen Guray scored 10 apiece for the Bulldogs (4-5, 3-1 WSL).

“We played great man-to-man defense and had pretty good composure on offense,” Palisade coach Danielle Bagwell said.

Down the stretch, Palisade made enough free throws, especially at critical times, and Bagwell added, “Their main scorers, we just shut them down.”

Shiprock, N.M. 58, Fruita Monument 54: Shiprock rallied to beat the Wildcats in a semifinal of the Kirtland Central (N.M.) Tournament.

“We were leading most of the game,” Fruita coach Richard Atkins said. “They made a run, and we never could recover. We had a lot of opportunities. We just didn’t convert.”

Lauren LaBonde led the Wildcats with 18 points, Kassidy Fair scored 12 and Sonya Lopez added 10.

Fruita Monument (8-3) will play Belen, N.M., at 4 p.m. today in the third-place game.

Postponements

Grand Junction High School’s boys and girls basketball games scheduled for Friday and today on the Front Range were canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.

For the boys, the game at Legend is rescheduled to Feb. 6 at 5 p.m., and the game at Mountain Vista was postponed, but no makeup date was set.

For the girls, the game at Chaparral was canceled, and the game at ThunderRidge is rescheduled to Feb. 6 at 4 p.m.

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