Tigers stay the course
Grand Junction makes free throws to top Durango
The team that likes to jump passing lanes and go on fastbreak runs suddenly was stunted by continuous fouls.
But the Grand Junction girls basketball team, which shot 36 free throws in a 65-40 win over Durango on Friday, did not let the fouls frustrate them.
“You just have to keep your head in the game, not get frustrated, and make free throws,” said Tigers guard Sydni Brandon, who scored 11 points. “You start making free throws, and (frustration) already goes away.”
Grand Junction led 18-4 after the first quarter had a 24-6 lead with six minutes left in the second quarter after a 3-pointer by Bri Baldwin.
Baldwin finished with a game-high 15 points and three 3-pointers. Shafer Rubalcaba added nine points for the Tigers.
“She’s real good when she plays within herself,” Provenza said of Baldwin.
Added Brandon about Baldwin: “She needs to shoot more, because I’m a little timid on the shooting.”
Durango (8-4, 1-2) was led by Jessi Sigillito’s eight points.
“I think part of their game plan was to disrupt what the other team’s trying to do,” Provenza said. “To our kids’ credit, they stayed focused. You’ve got to be able to handle whatever the other side’s throwing at you, and I thought we did.”
The Tigers play Montezuma-Cortez at 12:30 p.m. today. Next Friday at 5:30 p.m., Grand Junction is at Fruita Monument. Montrose (10-2, 3-0) is a game ahead of the Tigers and Wildcats in the league.
“We’ve got to keep pace right now,” Provenza said. “We can’t get too far behind.”
Fruita Monument 56, Central 32: For the second game in a row, the Fruita Monument girls basketball team got in foul trouble early. With three minutes left in the first half, Central was already in the double-bonus. Midway through the third quarter, a much younger Central squad had pulled within seven points.
But during the fourth quarter, Fruita coach Richard Atkins said, the Wildcats finally found their “killer instinct” and pounded the ball inside to outscore Central 18-3.
“Basically we told them to start executing the game plan rather than whatever they were doing on the floor,” Atkins said. “We were a little more patient with what we were doing. We thought we could beat them inside, and that’s where we pushed the ball. Once we did that, it created all kinds of opportunities for us.”
Kassidy Fair led the Wildcats with 20 points and Vanessa Herrera added 14 points. Tyler Hays led Central with 11 points.
Roaring Fork 38, Cedaredge 35: After Lindsey Gardner made a basket to put Cedaredge ahead 33-32, Roaring Fork’s Autumn Grandberry answered with a 3-pointer to put the Rams ahead for good 35-33. Roaring Fork added three free throws, including two from Toni Gross after the Bruins closed within 36-35 on two free throws by Rebecca Deal.
Olathe 82, Basalt 21: The Pirates outscored Basalt 48-7 in the middle two quarters.
Delta 49, Rifle 44: The Panthers overcame a one-point deficit at the half to lead by four after three quarters and outscored the Bears 17-16 in the final frame.
Olathe 47, Basalt 26: The Pirates broke open the game in the second half, outscoring Basalt 29-10.
Rangely 43, Plateau Valley 34: Ranglyl extended a three-point halftime lead to 16 points by outscoring the Cowboys 15-2 in the third quarter.
Roaring Fork 55, Cedaredge 45: The Rams’ lead climbed as high as 18 points in the second half.
Pins and forfeit victories paved the way to Palisade’s 54-23 win over Montezuma-Cortez in a wrestling dual Friday.
Randen Espinoza (106 pounds), Kyauna Martinez (113) and Erick Willson (152) all scored pins for the host Bulldogs, who were recipients of six forfeit wins: Dalton Hannigan, 126; Tristen Holmes, 132; Zane Stewart, 170; Braxton Stewart, 195; Armando Cabriales, 220; Anselmo Quezada, 285.
Montezuma-Cortez won five of the night’s eight contested matches.
Olathe 41, Hotchkiss 36: Ben Pridy (126), Jacob Solseth (132), Tristan Jones (152), Cody Menzies (195) and Felix Pena (220) won contested matches for Olathe, which received three forfeits.
Jesse Head (138), Dustin Head (160), Tony Ibarra (170), Richard Steckel (182) and Zach Taylor (285) all recorded contested wins for Hotchkiss, which won one match by forfeit.