GJ girls work overtime to top Moffat County
It wasn’t exactly the way Grand Junction girls coach Sam Provenza drew it up, but it worked.
With less than 10 seconds remaining in the Tigers’ game Tuesday with Moffat County, Grand Junction trailed by two. After a botched play, Lisa Hughes found herself with the ball behind the 3-point line. The center put up a 3-pointer that missed but she was fouled.
Hughes made two of three free throws to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, the Tigers took control to make it three straight wins for the first time all season with a 52-42 victory over the Bulldogs.
“This was a learning experience,” Provenza said. “Not only to win, but to win on the road in overtime.”
The Bulldogs played the Tigers (5-7) tight for four quarters, but ran out of gas in the extra period. Grand Junction outscored Moffat County 13-3 in overtime.
Provenza said the Tigers’ success in overtime was because of free-throw shooting and getting easy baskets.
“I tell our kids we always play down to the end,” Provenza said. “They found that out (Tuesday night). There is a look of determination in our eyes right now.”
Paula Lage had a big game for the Tigers, finishing with 17 points. Lisa Hughes added 11.
Fawn Brady had a quiet night, scoring only four points. Courtney Edington led the way for Moffat County with 13 points.
The Tigers face Montezuma-Cortez on Friday and Durango on Saturday.
On the boys side, Grand Junction (6-4) survived a strong effort from Moffat County to defeat the Bulldogs 68-54. Geoff Baldwin scored 32 points to lead the Tigers’ effort.
Grand Junction jumped out to a 23-16 first quarter lead, but the Bulldogs battled back. Moffat County took a 36-34 halftime lead and even held a 50-49 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Grand Junction regrouped and outscored Moffat 19-4 in the final quarter.
Grand Junction begins conference play Friday when it takes on Montezuma-Cortez. The Tigers host Durango on Saturday.