Jaguars win this cat fight
Tigers fall to Rock Canyon in second round of playoffs
The Grand Junction High School girls basketball team gave a valiant effort, but it wasn’t enough.
Rock Canyon pulled away in the final four minutes Friday night to defeat the Tigers 48-40 in the second round of the Class 5A state tournament at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch.
“Defensively, we did a nice job,” Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza said. “They average 61 points a game, and we held them to 48, but we didn’t create enough offense.”
Grand Junction trailed 36-33 with less than five minutes left, but it couldn’t catch the Jaguars.
“We missed some free throws late and had a shot roll off the rim that would’ve tied the game,” Provenza said. “Instead, they go down and score and turn it into a four-point game.”
Lexy Thorderson led Rock Canyon (18-6) with 22 points.
“They had a real talented player,” Provenza said. “She was active and strong.”
Sydni Brandon led the Tigers (19-5) with 14 points before fouling out. Sarah Wilkinson scored nine.
All of the Grand Junction players return next season.
“I’m real excited (about the future),” Provenza said. “We didn’t give any goodbye senior speeches. We talked about team goals. This is a dedicated group. They know where they could’ve been with a win.”
Montrose 67, Pueblo East 26: Montrose started fast and didn’t let up, rolling to a victory over Pueblo East in the second round of the Class 4A state tournament at Montrose.
Freshman Holly Brooks led the Indians (19-4) with 13 points. Kala Keltz had 10, and Stephanie Rowan and Tess Skoe added nine each for Montrose.
“I liked our game plan defensively,” Montrose coach Eric Sanchez said. “We made some shots early and made it tough on them.”
Montrose had a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter.
Rifle 31, Palmer Ridge 25: The sixth-seeded Bears upended the region’s No. 3 seed, Palmer Ridge (20-4), in Montrose.
Rifle (17-7) advances to the third round of the Class 4A state tournament and a matchup with Montrose at 1 p.m. today at Montrose.
Delta 51, Longmont 37: The Panthers had little trouble with fifth-seed Longmont in the second round of the Class 4A tournament in Pueblo.
Delta (19-4), the fourth seed, faces the region’s No. 1 seed, Pueblo West, at 1 p.m. today in Pueblo.
Class 2A District Tournament: Paonia squeaked by Rangely 38-34 to advance to the 2A District title game at 1 p.m. today at Paonia High School.
The Eagles will play Meeker, a 42-29 winner over Hotchkiss in the other district semifinal.
Class 1A District Tournament: Norwood rolled to a 64-19 victory over North Park and will face Dove Creek in the district final at 2 p.m. today. Dove Creek defeated Plateau Valley 37-27 in their semifinal Friday.
Montrose’s season came to a crashing end Friday in the second round of the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament.
The region’s top seed, Broomfield, rolled to a 72-25 victory over the Indians (11-14).
Class 3A District Tournament: Top seed Roaring Fork defeated Basalt 44-26, and third-seed Moffat County ended Aspen’s run with a 59-48 victory in the semifinals Friday. Roaring Fork and Moffat County play for the district championship at 3:45 p.m. today at Palisade High School.
Class 2A District Tournament: Meeker rolled to a 68-48 victory over West Grand in one semifinal Friday, while Hayden defeated Paonia 60-47 in the other semi. Meeker and West Grand play for the title at 2:30 p.m. today at Paonia High School.
Taylor Walters led Paonia with 16 points and teammate Josiah Spano added 14 points.
Class 1A District Tournament: Norwood cruised to a 70-42 win over North Park and Vail Christian defeated Plateau Valley 60-29 in Friday’s semifinals. Norwood and Vail Christian play for the district title at 3:30 p.m. today at Olathe High School.