Competition grooms teams for late season

It was a tough weekend for the local girls basketball teams at the Wildcat Invitational.

A combined 3-9 record for Grand Junction, Central, Palisade and host Fruita Monument says enough about how the weekend went.

On the other side, ThunderRidge, Columbine and Carbon County all won three games with ease.

“You are playing these teams from Denver, so you want to be in those situations where you can learn to pull it out,” Central head coach Todd Dixon said. “It’s hard to be on the other end of it.”

Central might have had the most disappointing weekend of the four, beginning with its 21-point loss Thursday to ThunderRidge. The Warriors played much better in their next game against Columbine, but allowed a big second half to the Rebels and lost by eight.

Central finished the tournament with a 78-10 drubbing of Battle Mountain.

Dixon said after the tournament, the Warriors can use the tough losses to ThunderRidge and Columbine as a measuring stick later in the season when they face Front Range competition.

“You want to compare things you aren’t doing well to times when you are doing it well, to see how much you have grown,” Dixon said. “We will use this as a tool on how to perform the way we don’t want to. There is no doubt we will get better.”

Central gets that opportunity Thursday at the Heritage tournament.

killer kame

Speaking of Central, the Warriors junior guard Amy Kame has lived up to her potential this season, averaging 27 points per game through the first five games. Kame has expanded her range this season, hitting seven 3-pointers to lead the team.

“Amy does so much and I have been very pleased with her effort,” Dixon said.

Grand TEST

This wasn’t exactly the pre-league season the Grand Junction boys basketball team imagined.

The Tigers are currently 3-3 going into tonight’s game with Rifle. Grand Junction’s record reflects the early season, which has been good and bad. When the Tigers are on, the offense has been nearly unstoppable, especially with the return of Everett Robinson. But when the
Tigers are off, they have struggled, as all three losses have come by 14 points or more.

The Tigers face a Rifle team that is 2-2 and led by Tyler Rust.


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