Derrieux pours in 38 points as Tigers shut down Warriors
Sometimes, a player is unstoppable. No amount of coaching, defensive drills or scheming can stop them.
On Tuesday, Jamie Derrieux was that unstoppable player.
The Grand Junction senior hit four 3-pointers and went 12 of 18 from the free-throw line, scoring a season-high 38 points to carry the Tigers’ girls basketball team (14-3, 4-0) past Central 60-33.
Only six Tigers scored, and only one, Kricket Adleman, had more than four points — she had seven.
Derrieux repeatedly beat Central (3-13, 1-3) off the dribble and crashed into the lane, either scoring an acrobatic layup, drawing a foul, or both.
“When the other team has a player like that, sometimes they can just take over games,” Central coach Todd Dixon said. “All you can try and do is contain her, and even though I think this was one of our best games defensively, sometimes there is nothing you can do.”
The Tigers share ownership of the top spot in the Southwestern League with Montrose, their opponent at home Friday, but are entirely focused on the present.
“These girls are going to go as far as they want to go,” coach Sam Provenza said.
“We aren’t thinking too far into the future, this league is too competitive to think ahead. We’re already thinking about Friday.”
Grand Junction never trailed, but struggled with ball control early, committing 15 first-half turnovers.
“Our patience offensively in the second half was a huge key,” Provenza said. “We were out of control and playing too fast. We told the kids to settle down, play your game offensively and pick them up on defense. Our offensive adjustments paid off on defense.”
The Tigers surrendered only 14 points in the second half and forced six steals in the third quarter using a full-court press. Derrieux and Adleman had three steals each.
“We really slowed down and focused how we play our game and watched the passing lanes,” Adleman said.
Central struggled to find its shooting touch. The Warriors shot 2 of 18 from deep and were 4 of 12 from the free-throw line. Brittany Hoppe led Central with nine points and Jordan Eller added six.
Palisade 39, Aspen 34: Palisade guard Sierra Detwiler scored six of her 10 points in the final three minutes and stole an inbounds pass with 30 seconds left as the Bulldogs defeated Aspen.
Hannah Talbott led Palisade (4-10) with 11 points.
Palisade led 36-24 when Detwiler jumped in front of Aspen’s Olivia Porcaro to steal the pass and seal the win.
“They always throw to her,” Detwiler said. “They gave it away.”
Montrose 36, Fruita Monument 28: Montrose (9-8, 4-0 SWL) held Fruita (8-8, 2-2) to three first-half points to grab the home win.
“It was an ugly first half for both teams,” Montrose coach Eric Sanchez said. “In the second half, they took the lid off the basket and we made shots.”