Fruita falls to Rangeview

Like all basketball coaches, Fruita Monument High School coach Dave Fox knows the importance of free throws.

Thursday night at the Hinkley Holiday Hoops Classic, the Wildcats’ inaccuracy at the free-throw line hurt them in a 59-57 loss to Rangeview.

“We didn’t shoot well from the free-throw line,” Fox said of his team, which was 5 of 12 from the line. “It’s disappointing.”

Despite the misses from the line, the Wildcats (6-2) had a chance late to win the game.

With 20 seconds left and the score tied at 57-57, Fruita had the ball with a chance to take the lead. The Raiders (4-3) forced a turnover and made two free throws to take a 59-57 lead.

On the other end, the Wildcats got the ball to Drew Bridges, who scored 18 points, but his shot was blocked out of bounds. With 2.6 seconds left, Fruita inbounded the ball, but missed the shot.

Alex Padget led the Wildcats with 30 points.

George Washington 81, Central 25: The Patriots jumped out to a big lead and never looked back in the Hinkley Holiday Hoops Classic.

George Washington (3-3) built a 16-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 41-11 at halftime.

Taylor Sanchez led Central (0-7) with 10 points before fouling out.

Girls Basketball

Sand Creek 54, Central 28: Central got good looks at the basket, but couldn’t finish in a loss to Sand Creek at the Poudre Tournament.

“I was pleased with the way we played, we just missed some real easy shots — we’ve got to start hitting those if we’re going to compete,” Central coach Todd Dixon said. “A couple times in the third quarter we were within 10, then had small lapses where they were able to get a bunch of points so it made it look worse than it was.”

Brittany Hoppe led Central (2-5) with nine points.


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