Hall’s injury doesn’t derail ‘Dogs in win
Caleb Hall shot the jumper in the first quarter against Cheyenne South, landed on a defender’s shoe and exited the court to get ice wrapped to his ankle.
“It was a cheap shot,” the Palisade guard said. “He stuck his leg out. I think some people saw it as cheap and wanted to go at them.”
Said teammate Kane Gunther to Hall: “We’ll get them.”
And they did in a 56-35 win over the Bison in the Palisade Sunrise Rotary Club Invitational Tournament on Thursday.
Gunther had a game-high 21 points, including a pair of 3s.
Hall finished with five points, including a 3-pointer.
Palisade (4-2) has won four in a row.
“I’m very pleased with the progress we’re making,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “We’re starting to execute much better, especially so early in the season.”
Caden Woods (six points), Jered Kusal (seven points) and Jesus Aguirre (six points) all helped fill in for Hall.
“We just had to see who would step in and do the job for (Hall),” Gunther said.
In the earlier girls game, Cheyenne South claimed its first win in school history with a 42-31 win over Palisade.
Late in the second quarter, the Bulldogs (1-6) erased a six-point deficit to tie the game at 14-14 when Palisade coach Toni Gunther inserted her starting lineup back into the game and applied a full-court press.
“They really didn’t like the ball pressure,” Gunther said. “So it was exciting to see that we have kids who want to work hard and get after it.”
Cheyenne South (1-6) had six turnovers to end the first half.
Palisade took a 22-21 lead to open the third quarter during a game in which four seniors — Emily Crow, Mercedez Taylor, Flannery Davis and Dannette Vensel — wore fluorescent-colored shoelaces on their left shoes, something they plan on doing the rest of the season.
It was Taylor’s idea.
“We just wanted to show people that we are a team and we’ve never been so close,” Taylor said.
The seniors almost put the bright laces on both shoes.
“That’d be too bright,” Taylor said.
Despite the unity and effective press, Palisade couldn’t stop Heather Amen from scoring 10 points and it left Jina Lackey open for two 3-pointers in the second half.
“We just need to remember the second quarter and how we played,” Palisade guard Katie Dunn said, “and bring it into the next game.”
Sierra Detwiler, Emily Crow and Davis scored six points for Palisade, which was not as effective with its press in the second half.
“We took care of the ball much better,” Cheyenne South coach April Teasley said.
Cheyenne South is in its second year and was not exactly crying tears of exaltation about the school’s first girls varsity basketball win.
“It’s OK,” Lackey said. “We had confidence. So it was expected.”
Earlier, the Rifle girls shut out Montezuma-Cortez in the fourth quarter and outscored the Panthers 29-8 in the second half en route to a 52-25 victory.
Ashley Rickstrew had eight of her 13 points in the third quarter.
Joey Kuheim added 11 for the Bears.
Finally, the Moffat County boys defeated Rifle, 62-47.
Rifle had a team-high 10 points from Aaron Wagler and eight apiece from Triston Quigley and Jake Statler.