Fruita Monument hangs with Legacy before falling in fourth quarter
The Fruita Monument High School boys basketball team is young and still learning how to close out games.
The Wildcats trailed Legacy 41-40 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t overcome the deficit and fell 62-48 at the final day of the Ralston Valley Tournament.
Fruita Monument’s biggest battle was attempting to contain Legacy’s Jade Roberts who scored a game high 26 points. Roberts burned the Wildcats by hitting six 3-pointers.
Fruita had another balanced scoring night as nine players contributed for the Wildcats. Drew Bridges led the way with 13 points, TJ Pollock added 12 and Colter McKenzie finished with 10.
Central needed overtime but took care of Battle Mountain 69-65.
Battle Mountain had a chance at the last shot in regulation, but Josh Padilla earned a charge to force overtime. In the extra period, the Warriors went 4 of 6 from the free-throw line to help close out the victory.
Central was led by Josh Wells and Vandon Sanchez, who both had 16 points.
Fruita Monument and Grand Junction both finished in the middle of the pack Saturday at the Montrose Invitational.
The Wildcats finished seventh with 107 team points and Grand Junction finished eighth with 86 points. Durango won the meet with 666 points, followed by Centennial with 578.5 points.
Fruita Monument’s best finishes included Leah Temple who finished fourth in the 100-yard IM at 1:12.39, and eighth in the 200-yard IM at 2:38.46.
For Grand Junction, Chloe Jagelski finished fourth in the 50-yard backstroke at 35.78, and Noelle DuPuey finished fifth in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:10.57, and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle at 2:15.41.
The Palisade/Central team took on Glenwood Springs in a dual meet and lost 146-28. Sarah Kem finished third in the 200-yard freestyle at 2:51.56. Kem was also on the 400-yard freestyle relay that finished second at 5:18.27.
Fruita Monument proved it can not only compete with some of the top Utah wrestling programs, the Wildcats beat some of them.
Fruita Monument (9-2-1) won five duals, lost two and tied one in the Wasatch Intermountain Duals in Heber City, Utah.
Heavyweight Anthony Martin led the way with a eight wins, all pins. Jeff Gonzales (130) and Logan McNulty (145 pounds) were each 7-1.
Grand Junction (3-2) placed fifth in the Grandview Duals in Aurora. The Tigers defeated Regis, Adams City and Longmont, but lost to Grandview and Rangeview.
Dylon Thompson (103), J.C. Archuleta (112) and Jesse Hoffschneider (140) were each 5-0.