Fruita boys fall to Piedra Vista in tournament
Fruita Monument ran into a hot-shooting boys basketball team Thursday during the first day of the Aztec (N.M.) Tournament as the Wildcats bowed 65-55 to Piedra Vista of Farmington, N.M.
Piedra Vista hit six 3-pointers to take a 34-29 lead at halftime, then bumped the lead to 49-37 at the end of three quarters. Fruita Monument was forced to foul late, and Piedra Vista took advantage at the free-throw line, finishing 25 of 37 from the line.
The Wildcats were led by Devin Winstanley with 12 points and Arturo Chaves with 10.
Fruita continues tournament play against Bayfield at 3 p.m. today.
■ Central defeated Eagle Valley 66-53 in a nonleague game.
Undefeated Shiprock Northwest limited Fruita Monument to four second-half points after leading 32-24 at the half to triumph 63-28 in a first-round game at the Kirtland Central (N.M.) Tournament.
Fruita coach Michael Wells said his team played well in the first half, slowing down a good-shooting team that likes to play an up-and-down style. To start the second half, though, the Wildcats didn’t have the defensive intensity needed, and Wells blamed himself for that.
“We had success in the first and second half doing what we needed to do for the most part,” Wells said. “We couldn’t buy a bucket in the second half, and we couldn’t get to the foul line.”
Kassidy Fair led the Wildcats (3-8) with nine points. Fruita resumes tournament play today with a 2 p.m. game against Farmington (N.M.) High School.
Eagle Valley 49, Central 41: The Devils (7-3) took a 27-6 lead after one quarter, led 31-15 at the half, then held on to win the nonleague game over the Warriors (2-9).
Cedaredge won 11 of the 14 matches to rout Hotchkiss 66-18 in a 3A Western Slope League dual.
The Bruins’ eight pins came from Austin Todd (120), Jake Ostrom (126), Beau Hebert (132), Peter Williamson (138), Zach Anderson (152), Isaiah Surber (160), Garrett Humble (220) and Mario Madaleno (285).
Meeker 53, Grand Valley 10: The Cowboys won three of the five actual matches and received six forfeits to win a nonleague dual. Neither team had a wrestler in three weight classes: 182 pounds, 195 and 220.