Briefs: Prep Roundup December 19, 2008

Boys Basketball

• Wildcats play well in loss

For the Fruita Monument boys basketball team, there is such thing as a moral victory.

At the second day of the Hinkley Holiday Hoops Classic in Aurora, the Wildcats (3-5) led late in the fourth quarter but couldn’t pull it off against 6-0 Cherokee Trail, losing 51-47.

“That was one of the most complete games we have played,” Fruita coach Dave Fox said. “I don’t know if there are good losses, but we played very well.”

Fruita began with a 11-3 first quarter lead that it stretched to a 25-19 halftime advantage. The Cougars were bigger and attempted to out-muscle Fruita with a full-court press in the first half but the Wildcats were able to break it, allowing Alex Mende to score some easy layups. Mende led the Wildcats with 24 points.

“Alex was tough,” Fox said. “He was getting his shots to fall against some 6-6, 6-5 kids and did
a great job.”

Scott Miller added nine points and played well on both ends of the floor, Fox said.

“I felt good about it,” Fox said. “Going in it could have been one of those game where we could have gotten blown out, but we controlled the tempo and all in all, it was a good effort.”

Micah Greene led the Cougars with 23 points.

Fruita plays Dakota Ridge today at 3:30.

• After the Fruita game, Central (7-0) continued to roll, defeating Rock Canyon 65-52.

Central trailed 32-30 at halftime.

“We actually got down by as much as six in the third but we kept working,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “We went to a press and that helped create turnovers.”

The Warriors outscored Rock Canyon 35-20 in the second half. The Jaguars attempted to cut into the lead, but solid free-throw shooting pushed the Warriors’ lead out of reach.

Sean Citlau was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line and finished with 15 points. Kahler Grandbouche was the Warriors’ leading scorer with 16 points.

“Kahler did a great job with putbacks,” Cain said. “And Sean did a great job at the line.”
Central plays Hinkley at 8 tonight.

Girls Basketball

• Fruita Monument (2-4) had a tough first day at the Farmington (N.M.) tournament, losing to Sheridan, Ark., 65-43.

The Wildcats played well in the first quarter and led 18-13 early in the second before the
Jackets turned up the pressure.

“We were doing really well and I looked at my assistant thinking we might just pull away with this thing,” Fruita coach Dan Schmalz said. “Then the next I know, they ran off a 19-2 run.”

Schmalz said Sheridan ran a variety of man-to-man presses that resulted in a 28 Wildcat turnovers.

The Wildcats were led by Mary McGee who had 13 points.

“Mary had a great game and did a lot of stuff for us,” Schmalz said.

Fruita plays Kirtland Central (N.M.) today at 2:30, a team Schmalz said the Wildcats should be able to match up against.

“Size-wise we should dominate,” Schmalz said. “But they have some quick guards, so it should be a good matchup.”

• It was a tough night for Central in the Heritage tournament. The Warriors (3-3) got down 19-4 after the first quarter and it didn’t improve much from there in a 58-37 loss to Grandview.

Amy Kame again led the Warriors with 13 points and Haleigh Higgins added six. Sullivan Ziegler was the leading scorer for the Wolves with 13 points. Central plays Air Academy at 4:30 this afternoon

• Grand Junction allowed a big second quarter and fell to Heritage 63-33 at the Heritage tournament.

The Tigers were led by Emily Dohm, who scored 11 points, and Jamie Derrieux added six.

Grand Junction plays Fort Collins at 3 this afternoon.



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