Derrieux lifts Tigers past Cheyenne South

Jamie Derrieux carried the offensive load for the Grand Junction girls basketball team (7-1) in the first half of the Tigers’ 50-30 victory over Cheyenne South (0-6) Saturday at the Wildcat Tournament.

The 5-foot-10 forward took 18 shots in the first half, and converted on 43 percent of them to score 13 of the Tigers’ 24 first-half points.

She also added seven boards and three assists before heading to the bench two minutes into the third quarter.

She returned with four minutes remaining with fellow starters Sydni Brandon and Kricket Adleman to give some of the backups a breather. Derrieux added six more points with an and-one and a deep 3 in her two minutes on the court.

“In the second half we executed better on offense,” coach Sam Provenza said. “Again, we relaxed. In the first half we gave up a lot of turnovers and layups.”

Grand Junction opened the game with a 9-2 run, spurred on by a defense that forced eight turnovers in the first quarter. The Tigers’ six steals in the first three minutes gave them four layups in transition.

“We never really let up on defense,” said Brandon, who had four steals. “We always work hard.”

Derrieux pushed the lead to double figures with two consecutive trips to the line, going 3 for 4, and Bree Baldwin added a 3 to extend the lead to 15.

“We finally relaxed more in the second half and played tougher defensively,” Provenza said. “We tightened up the bottom part of our zone and didn’t allow them to post up. We pressured their shooters and contested shots.”

Eleven Tigers scored, with Derrieux scoring 20.

The Tigers now travel to Glenwood Springs to take on the undefeated Demons.

Central 49, Basalt 45: The Warriors (2-4) hung on to win their final game of the Wildcat Invitational.

Central entered the fourth quarter with a 14-point lead, but that lead was cut to one possession after a four-point play by Basalt (0-4) cut the lead to three.

“(We won the game) by not losing,” coach Todd Dixon said. “We didn’t shoot well, we didn’t play well, but somehow we pulled it off.”


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