Briefs: Prep Roundup December 13, 2008

Prep Basketball

• Poor 1st, 4th quarters cost Wildcats vs Littleton

If a team starts slow and ends poorly, the middle doesn’t really matter.

So although the Fruita Monument boys basketball team outscored Littleton 30-24 in the second and third quarters, it was poor first and fourth quarters that cost Fruita on Friday in a 58-43 loss at the Ralston Valley Roundup.

The Lions outscored Fruita 33-13 in the first and fourth quarters, including jumping to a 16-4 lead after the first.

“We fell behind because we played poorly,” Fruita Monument coach Dave Fox said. “Give the kids credit for battling back but we had a lot of turnovers and a lot of missed shots, which is a formula for a loss.”

The Wildcats were led by Alex Mende, who had 11 points. TJ Pollack added seven.

Fruita plays the loser of the George Washington and Grandview game today.

• Grand Junction was also in the Denver area playing Chatfield. The Tigers didn’t fare much better, losing 70-42 to the Chargers. Grand Junction was behind at halftime 31-19 and couldn’t answer the bell in the second half as the Chargers outscored the Tigers 25-9 in the third quarter.

• Central rolled to 4-0 by defeating Rifle 70-51. The Warriors led 37-34 at halftime after the Bears cut into Central’s 15-point first-half lead. Central switched defensive looks in the second half and were able to run away with the game.

“The kids responded when we went man-to-man,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “Josh Wells and Travis Key had great games rebounding the ball.”

Wells and Key combined for 20 rebounds and the Warriors were led in scoring by Sean Citlau, who had 12 points. Vandon Sanchez added 11 points and Michael Wiedrich finished with 10 points. Central next plays Valor Christian during the Hinkley Tournament.

•  Cedaredge continued to make waves in the 3A Western Slope League. One day after beating Grand Valley in the waning seconds, the Bruins took down perennial power Roaring Fork 49-46. Cedaredge overcame a 13-point deficit midway through the second quarter and was down only seven at halftime.

“We were playing hard but our shots weren’t falling,” Cedaredge coach Rick Rienks said.

“We felt if we could cut their lead to seven, we could do something. We played scrappy in the second half and pulled away with it.”

Cade Sweeney led the way with 15 points and Anthony Marah added 13 for the undefeated Bruins.

“We call ourselves a family, sometimes we are a dysfunctional family but still a family,” Rienks said. “We don’t care about who gets the points we just want to win.”

•  At the Steamboat Springs Shootout, Steamboat defeated Summit 70-41 and Montrose fell to Castle View 71-65.

• In other games, Coal Ridge topped Grand Valley 49-42, Aspen cruised past Hotchkiss 76-47 and Plateau Valley knocked off Paonia 58-46.

• On the girls side, Olathe took down Basalt 57-26. The Pirates were led by Emily Brummitt’s 14 points. Briana Vigil added nine points. Hotchkiss defeated Aspen 58-30 with Samantha Fritzlan and Amy Miller leading the way with 12 and 10 points.

At the Steamboat Springs Shootout, Montrose defeated Green River, Wyo., 51-25 and
Steamboat lost to D’Evelyn 74-37.


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