Briefs: Sports Prep Roundup December 20, 2008

First-quarter woes bite GJ in loss to Fort Collins

Girls Basketball

• Try as they might, the Grand Junction High School girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a tough first quarter.

Friday at the Heritage tournament, the Tigers (2-6) outscored Fort Collins 30-29 in the final three quarters, but lost 46-39 because of a poor first quarter.

“We played with some urgency in the second half and I saw some improvement,” Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza said.

One area Provenza was pleased with was the Tigers’ defensive effort. The Tigers allowed only 13 second-half points.

Fawn Brady led Grand Junction with 13 points.

The Tigers will get their first look at Central as they play the Warriors today at 4:30 in the 5th place game.

Central (4-3) bounced back from a tough loss Thursday to defeat Air Academy 46-36 on Friday.

Amy Kame and Haleigh Higgins led the way with 15 points each. The Warriors led the whole game on their way to the teams first win against a 5A team.

•  Fruita Monument struggled to find much of any offense and lost 40-29 to Kirtland Central, N.M., at the Farmington, N.M., tournament.

“Sarah Hensley didn’t score, Mary McGee had two points, Taylor Johnson had six. If our big three scorers don’t score, it is hard to win,” Fruita coach Dan Schmalz said. “We played good defense but couldn’t seem to score.”

Stephanie Long was the Wildcats’ leading scorer with 13 points.

The Wildcats (2-5) finish the tournament at noon today against Farmington.

At the Black Canyon Invitational at Montrose, Palisade (0-5) was routed by the host Indians 85-36. Montrose had a 44-20 halftime lead before pouring it on in the second half.

Palisade will try to bounce back and earn its first win today at 11:30 when the Bulldogs take on Pueblo West.

Boys Basketball

• Not playing any games in 10 days can usually result in slow starts.

Palisade had its first game since Dec. 9 and it showed as the Bulldogs (0-5) were outscored 23-10 in the first quarter on their way to a 71-59 loss at the Black Canyon Invitational in Montrose.

“We started slow,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “We still were thinking too much but we played hard in the second half.”

The Bulldogs were led by Jeremy Hayden, who scored 15 points, and Jacob Edmiston, who finished with 19.

Palisade’s next game will be against Centauri today at 9:30 a.m.

• In the third day of the Hinkley Holiday Hoops Classic in Aurora, Fruita Monument (4-5) trailed Dakota Ridge 25-18 at halftime before Brett Nankervis put the team on his shoulders in the third quarter, leading Fruita to a 57-52 win.

“At half we asked them to come out and play,” Fruita coach Dave Fox said. “Nankervis scored 11 points in the third. He hit some big shots and it was good to see him do that.”

Nankervis finished with 13 points .

•  Later at the Hinkley tournament, Central made the proper adjustments and got past the host Thunderbirds 70-62.

“It was a lot closer tonight as they were hitting some 3s down the stretch,” Central coach Phil
Cain said. “We went to a 1-3-1 (zone) to try and close out on their shooters a little better.”

Clay Kame led the way with 18 points and Kahler Grandbouche added 17.

Central plays Cherokee Trail for the championship today at 7 p.m.


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