After taking lead, late turnover dooms Central against Cortez

The Central High School boys basketball team had an opportunity to pick up a rare road win, but it slipped through the Warriors’ grasp.

Central rallied to take a 1-point lead with 24 seconds left against Montezuma-Cortez, but a late turnover helped the Panthers win 47-44.

Zach Padilla led the Warriors (1-11, 0-1 SWL) with 17 points. Taylor Sanchez and Trent Coleman scored eight each.

Cortez took a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and led 24-14 at halftime.

Central cut the lead to five by the end of the third quarter.

Montrose 58, Durango 41: The Indians went on an 11-4 run in the second quarter and pulled away in the second half on the road.

Meeker 62, Plateau Valley 57: Cole Steiner led Meeker with 18 points.

Trey Morris had 17 and Jake Nieslanik added 11 for Meeker. Teddy Grundy paced Plateau Valley with 24. Anthony Mora added 17.

Paonia 75, Vail Mountain 36: The Eagles opened up a 20-point lead by halftime en route to the victory.

Blaine Escher led Paonia with 15 points. Anthony Roeber had 11.

Girls Basketball

Montezuma-Cortez had little trouble picking up a 60-25 victory over Central.

The Panthers built a double-digit lead in the first half and added to it in the second half.

Central (1-11, 0-1) was limited to nine points in the second half.

Brittany Hoppe led the Warriors with 12 points. Alivia Whiteskunk paced Cortez with 23.

Montrose 63, Durango 49: The Indians blew open a 24-point lead by halftime and didn’t look back.

Delta 64, Glenwood Springs 48: The Panthers pulled away in the second half to remain undefeated in the Class 4A Western Slope League.

Skylyn Webb led Delta (10-3, 4-0 WSL) with 22 points. Alyssa Goff had 9.

Olathe 52, Grand Valley 37: The Pirates raced to a 20-5 lead en route to a Western Slope League victory.

Tawni Middleton led Olathe with 14 points. Morgan Stansberry had 11 and Emily Brummitt 10.

Amelia Sudick led the Cardinals with 10.

Rifle 54, Coal Ridge 35: The Bears took an early lead and cruised past their Garfield County rival.

Courtney Cordova scored 19 points to lead Rifle.

Gunnison 54, Hotchkiss 41: The Bulldogs fell behind in the first quarter and couldn’t catch up.

Aspen 53, Cedaredge 40: The Bruins dropped their third consecutive game and third game in league.

Meeker 61, Plateau Valley 20: Three players scored in double figures to lead Meeker.

Aly Ridings led all scorers with 14. Taylor Neilson had 13 and Kaylyn Edwards added 12.


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