Garcia’s shot lifts Central to SWL win
Trey Garcia hit a shot at the overtime buzzer Friday to lift Central to its first Southwestern League boys basketball win of the season, 58-56 over Montrose in Montrose.
Garcia’s heroics prevented another overtime after the Indians outscored Central 26-16 in the fourth quarter to force an extra session. The Montrose comeback was aided by poor free-throw shooting by the Warriors, who made six of 15 attempts in the fourth quarter.
Trey Fair led the Warriors (6-12, 1-4 SWL) with 22 points, 18 in the second half, and scored four of Central’s six points in overtime.
The Warriors led 21-19 at the half and extended the lead to 36-26 through three quarters.
Jake Miller, who led the Indians (6-8, 1-4 SWL) with 14 points, scored six points in the fourth quarter, and Ross Barney added five points in the frame on the way to 10 for the game.
Five players scored in double figures as Montrose routed Central 70-35 to remain unbeaten in the SWL.
Emily Thorp led the Indians (10-5, 5-0 SWL) with 15 points. Michelle Tafoya added 12 points, and Stephanie Rowan, Bryce Gatt and Elle Pace each scored 10 points for Montrose.
The Indians took a 17-10 lead after one quarter, upped the advantage to 29-15 at the half and kept pulling away from there.
Central (3-14, 0-4 SWL) got eight points from Tyler Hays.
Girls swimming and diving
Montrose won a triangular over Fruita Monument and Gunnison.
The Indians finished with 451 points, 110 ahead of second-place Fruita.
Montrose won six of the 12 events, with Hope Morris doubling up with wins in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 freestyle, Allison Fields claiming the 200 freestyle, and Shelby Christianson winning the 1-meter diving. The Indians also won two relays: the 200 medley and 400 freestyle.
Fruita got wins from Kailey Shabelski in the 100 butterfly and Kathryn McConnell in the 500 freestyle.