Defense lifts Montrose girls to win
The Montrose defense put the clamps on Denver South as the Indians won their first-round game 47-26 in the Class 4A state girls basketball playoffs Tuesday.
Montrose (16-8) kept the Rebels (5-19) off the scoreboard in the first quarter, then surrendered 16 points in the second quarter, and the Indians led 20-16 at the half. From there, Montrose got stingy again and outscored South 27-10 in the second half.
“We had a really good idea what they wanted to do, and for three quarters we controlled it,” Indians coach Eric Sanchez said.
Michelle Tafoya and Emily Thorp led Montrose with 10 points apiece, and Elise Hill added nine points.
The Indians play Mullen (13-10) at Elizabeth High School in the second round at 5 p.m. Friday.
Rifle 47, Sierra 38: The Bears (11-11) outscored Sierra 17-10 in the fourth quarter to pull away in their first-round 4A state playoff game. Rifle advances to play the top seed in its bracket, undefeated Broomfield, in the second round Friday at Broomfield.
Canon City 55, Delta 39: Canon City (12-12) outscored Delta 18-4 in the first quarter to take control of the first-round 4A state playoff game. The Panthers ended their season with a 9-14 record.
Castle View 62, Fruita Monument 37: The Wildcats’ were tied at the first-quarter break and within six points late in the second quarter of their first-round playoff game when Castle View capitalized on turnovers and went on a run to take a 40-22 lead at the half.
Fruita Monument coach Michael Wells said Castle View’s coach complimented the Wildcats’ toughness, and Wells said his team played hard, but in the end the Sabercats (17-7) had too much talent.
“They’re really good. They just are,” Wells said of Castle View. “They have good size, they have good shooters, and they play in the toughest league in the state. ... We’re tall, but they were taller than us at every position.”
Kassidy Fair scored 11 points and Vanessa Herrera added nine points for Fruita (10-14).
Grand Valley 63, Aspen 25: Ashlynn Speakman scored 16 points to lead top-seeded Grand Valley into the Western Slope District semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday at Palisade High School. The Cardinals (16-4) will Moffat County (14-6), which beat Coal Ridge 52-35.
Jordan Scott added 10 points for Grand Valley, which outscored Aspen 19-1 in the third quarter.
Olathe 54, Roaring Fork 41: Olathe (16-4) took a 29-15 lead at the half, then withstood a couple of rallies from the Rams (4-16) in the second half to advance to a semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Palisade against Gunnison.
Roaring Fork pulled within eight points in the fourth quarter, but Pirates coach Paul Althaus said his team did a good job of pulling away from there.
Temry Rodriguez and Kalie Hubbard led Olathe’s balanced scoring attack with 10 points apiece.
Gunnison 42, Cedaredge 39: The Bruins led by one point with two minutes remaining in the game and went to a four-corners offense. After about 30 seconds, Gunnison fouled a Cedaredge player, who made one free throw, and the Cowboys’ Leah Huizenga made a 3-pointer to give Gunnison the lead for good.
Huizenga made all four of her free throws in the final 30 seconds to help keep the Bruins at bay.
Alyssa Isaman led Cedaredge with 12 points.
Hotchkiss (12-8) took a 35-14 lead at the half and cruised to a 69-34 win over Rangley in 2A District 5 play.
The Bulldogs advanced to a 6 p.m. Friday semifinal against Paonia at Soroco. The Eagles (16-4) advanced with a 55-28 win over Hayden.
Grand Valley defeated Gunnison 61-47 in a Western Slope District quarterfinal and plays Moffat County in a semifinal at 8:15 p.m. Friday at Palisade High School.
The Cardinals improved to 13-7, and Gunnison dropped to 6-14.
Moffat County (16-4) advanced with a 97-49 victory over Cedaredge (7-13).
Paonia 67, Soroco 59: Paonia (15-5) was trailing 10-5 when it went on a 13-0 run in the final two minutes of the first quarter for an 18-10 lead. The Eagles led the rest of the way to advance to a District 5 semifinal against Rangely, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Soroco.
Josiah Spano led Paonia with 22 points and Ben Linell added 15.
West Grand 54, Hotchkiss 51: West Grand (14-6) advanced to a District 5 semifinal against top-seeded Meeker, 4:30 p.m. Friday at Soroco. Hotchkiss dropped to 12-8.