Brown sisters lift Palisade to road win

The Palisade High School girls basketball team went to 2-0 on the season with a dominating 49-27 road win Saturday at Faith Christian.

Led by sisters Christa and Jenna Brown, who scored 11 and 10 points respectively, the Bulldogs used 13-point second and third quarters to pull away.

Jenna Brown was effective in the post and hit all six of her free throws. As a team, the Bulldogs were solid from the line, hitting 15 of 20.

Abby Thiessen added nine points and Cruz Maestas seven for Palisade.

Grand Junction 58, Mead 56: In the Pueblo West Tournament, Grand Junction gutted out the victory to go 3-0 in the tourney.

Sydni Brandon scored 22 points, hitting four 3-pointers, Tori Catlett scored 14 and Shafer Rubalcaba 11. The Tigers were without 6-foot center Sarah Wilkinson, who injured an ankle Friday.

Playing their third game in three days after driving all day in a snowstorm Thursday to reach Pueblo, the Tigers’ legs were a little rubbery, coach Sam Provenza said. After being tied 26-26 at the half, Grand Junction extended the defense and the full-court pressure got to Mead.

Rubalcaba hit a pair of free throws to put the Tigers up four, but Mead scored with one second left and called time. The Tigers threw the ball deep to Brandon to run out the clock, then loaded the van for another snowy trip back to the Western Slope.

The team got as far as Rifle before stopping for the night because of white-out conditions.

Windsor 40, Fruita Monument 38: For the second straight game, Fruita Monument lost a gut-wrenching game at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) South Tournament.

An errant pass on an inbounds play cost the Wildcats one day after losing on two last-second free throws.

The Wildcats, who went 0-3 in the tourney, got 14 points from Kassidy Fair despite playing on a tender ankle she sprained Friday night. Vanessa Herrera added 13.

Central’s girls fell to 0-2 with a 62-37 loss at Pueblo East.


Grand Junction had a strong showing at the Battle of the Best Tournament at Pine Creek High School, going 4-3 in duals.

Coach Cole Allison said the Tigers left a lot of the veteran wrestlers at home and had a lineup that included six freshmen. He said every freshman won at least two matches in the tournament.

Freshman Tyren Castonguay, who went 6-1 at 106 pounds, had a great tournament, Allison said.

Two state qualifiers from last season turned in undefeated performances. Louis Guillen went 7-0 and had two impressive pins over good wrestlers, and Cody Lacy went 7-0 at 113 pounds.

The Tigers beat Sand Creek, Liberty, Air Academy and Palmer Ridge. They lost close duals to Castle View and Pueblo West, and with a young squad weren’t able to match up with powerful Pine Creek.


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