Burns lifts Tigers past Adams City

Casey Burns scored 18 points Friday night as Grand Junction’s boys basketball team started off the 2012 portion of the season with a 52-44 victory at Adams City.

The Tigers took a 12-8 lead in the first quarter and built it to 21-13 by halftime, then traded baskets with the Eagles in the second half.

Plateau Valley 58, Rangely 39: Teddy Grundy’s 25 points led the Cowboys to the victory. Grundy scored nine points in each of the second and third quarters to help Plateau Valley shake Rangely after leading by only four, 26-22, at halftime.

Girls Basketball

Full-court pressure by Grants, N.M., allowed Fruita Monument to score only eight points in the first half in the Wildcats’ 48-30 loss in the semifinals of the Webb-Toyota Bronco Invite in Kirtland, N.M.

“We need to play with more composure,” Fruita coach Dan Schmalz said. “They played full-court press and it affected us big-time. It’s something we haven’t seen.”

Kassidy Fair and Lauren LaBonde led Fruita, which plays for third place today, with eight points each. After falling behind 38-8 at halftime, the Wildcats outscored Grants 22-10 in the second half.

Grand Junction 64, Adams City 24: The Tigers’ balanced scoring and tough defense helped them build a 43-7 halftime lead and cruise to the win in their first game back from the holiday break.

Jamie Derrieux scored 11 points, Kricket Adleman and Shafer Rubalcaba 10 for the Tigers, who didn’t hit a 3-pointer the entire game, but had 13 players score.

Coal Ridge 51, Aspen 46, OT: Paige Ryan scored six of her 15 points in overtime for the Titans, who overcame a 28-point performance by Aspen’s Bailey Everhart.


Palisade/Central defeated Gunnison 97-75 and lost to Moffat County 92-82 in the Gunnison Triangular, going 1-2 in the 500-yard freestyle and 1-meter diving.

The WarDogs’ Karolina Latek won the 500 free in 6 minutes, 34.55 seconds and teammate Sarah Kem was second in 7:06.79. Lilly Poush won the diving with 141.15 points and Mallory Wolf was second with 121.20 points.


Central won three duals at Denver East, edging Coronado 38-32, then handling Mountain Range 41-27 and Pueblo East 57-18.

The Warriors dominated the middle weights, with Willy Holdren remaining undefeated with two pins and one technical fall at 152 pounds.

Anthony Feller won two lopsided matches, 20-5 against Coronado and 18-1 against Mountain Range at 145 pounds before getting a forfeit against Pueblo East, and Isiah Reyes (160 pounds) won by pin against Coronado and Mountain Range, then received a forfeit against Pueblo East.

At 182, Caleb Brown went 3-0, pinning two opponents and beating his Pueblo East foe 11-0.


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