Briefs: Prep Roundup February 26, 2009

Poor quarter costs Tigers in first round of playoffs


The Grand Junction High School girls basketball team couldn’t bounce back from one bad quarter Wednesday night, falling 55-39 at Columbine in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

The Tigers stayed competitive in the first quarter, trailing by six but were outscored 17-3 in the second quarter and trailed 34-14 at halftime.

“That was the ballgame,” Tigers coach Sam Provenza said. “In the second quarter, we couldn’t make a basket.”

Provenza added that the Tigers were executing the offense well but couldn’t get make any shots.

“Shots that have dropped all year weren’t falling,” Provenza said. “We got frustrated.”

In the second half, Grand Junction outscored the Rebels 25-21 but the deficit was too large to overcome.

The Tigers (8-16) were led by Paula Lage, who scored 11 points. Lisa Hughes added 10 points.

Randee Hayes led the way for Columbine with 18 points, and Demitra Apergis finished with 15 points.

The Tigers end the season feeling that they have accomplished something by how much they have improved.

“From where we were to where we have come is just miles,” Provenza said. “This group never got discouraged and trusted us the whole time.”

Columbine takes on Air Academy in the second round.

Fruita Monument (8-13) hung with Cherry Creek the entire game, but could never catch the Bruins, falling 60-50.

“It was back and forth the whole game and the deficit was never that huge,” Fruita Monument coach Dan Schmalz said. “This was such an improvement from last year.”

In last season’s playoffs, the Wildcats were routed by Columbine 63-33. Wednesday, Fruita trailed 29-23 at halftime.

“We fought the whole game and our players never gave up,” Schmalz said.

The Wildcats cut the deficit to 44-41 in the fourth quarter, but costly turnovers led to easy layups for Cherry Creek, allowing the Bruins to increase the lead.

Sarah Hensley finished with 15 points, including three 3-pointers for the Wildcats and Taylor Johnson added 12 points.

Sami Springer had 17 points and Shay White added 14 for the Bruins, who advance to face Heritage in the second round.

Also in the 5A playoffs, Durango fell to Mountain Vista 56-49.


Despite three players in double figures, the Palisade boys basketball team fell 72-64 to Cheyenne Mountain in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

Leading the way was freshman Caleb Hall, who had 20 points — including four 3-pointers. Jacob Edmiston finished with 13 points and Riley Josey added 12.

“I am proud of the kids they did a great job,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “Cheyenne Mountain is a good team and we hung right in there.”

The Bulldogs trailed 33-30 at halftime, but the Indians were able to push their lead to 10 points by the end of the third quarter. Palisade battled back to get within four points, but couldn’t close the gap. The Indians added to the final score by hitting free throws down the stretch.

“We cut a 13-point lead to four points but couldn’t convert,” Phillips said. “But we played well against a team like that. I am proud.”

In other 4A playoff games, Montrose lost its first-round home game to Centaurus 76-67, Steamboat Springs topped Skyline 61-41, Evergreen flew past Delta 71-41 and Moffat County defeated Conifer 57-45. Steamboat Springs faces Longmont and Moffat County takes on Golden in the second round Saturday.


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