Defense leads Palisade to WSL win

Palisade High School applied the defensive pressure throughout the game, and it paid off down the stretch Saturday, as the Bulldogs pulled away for a 55-38 victory over Summit in a Class 4A Western Slope League boys basketball game.

“Overall, our team defense was really good, especially in the second half,” Palisade coach Brian Tafel said. “We had really good defensive pressure, particularly in the second half, and started to wear them down.”

The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 16-5 in the final quarter when they would “get a stop and score, stop and score,” Tafel said.

Zach Marengo’s 10 points paced Palisade’s balanced attack as six players scored at least six points.

“Overall, we played really good,” Tafel said. “We had a lot of kids score. It was a good team win.”

The Bulldogs improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the league. Summit dropped to 1-2 in the WSL.

Greeley West 56, Fruita Monument 35: Greeley West took a 37-18 lead into the intermission on its way to victory on the final day of the Greeley Central Tournament.

Spencer Fair scored 12 points to lead the Wildcats, who got to the free-throw line only twice, compared to Greeley West’s 18 attempts.

“We struggled offensively,” Fruita coach Billy Dreher said. “We struggled in the first quarter and third quarter to score, and we missed some baskets that we’ve got to make.”

Defensively, he added, “We gave up too many points in the first half.”

Pueblo West 78, Central 54: Central trailed by 10 points at the half and 20 after three quarters as it concluded play in the Harrison Tournament in Colorado Springs.

Giles Woolsey led the Warriors (2-7) with 17 points and Trey Fair added 10.


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