Junction girls cruise past Alamosa

MONTROSE — The Grand Junction High School girls basketball team received a welcome breather Friday during the second day of the Black Canyon Basketball Classic.

After facing Delta in a physical contest Thursday, the Tigers’ 48-28 win over Alamosa allowed Sydni Brandon and Elisha Jahnke to open up the offense and spread the floor thanks to quick hands on defense.

“It’s still the defense creating some great offense for us,” Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza said. “Right now, this early in the season, that gives us a lot to look forward to later in the season.”

Brandon only saw the floor for 14 minutes Friday, but she tallied a well-rounded stat line with six points, five assists, two steals and a block. Jahnke led the Tigers with 10 points, and Kylie Burns chipped in eight points. All but one player on the Grand Junction bench scored.

Shafer Rubalcaba left the game during the second quarter with an ankle injury. She had to be helped off the court and was undergoing X-rays, according to Provenza.

Already without any seniors on the roster, Provenza was able to get significant minutes for many of his reserve underclassmen.

“I have some work to do,” Provenza said of his bench. “It’s hard destroying a game by bringing people in and out like that.

“We have some kids that are going to have to step up. We have Shafer out with her ankle, Blythe (Crow) with an ankle.”

If Grand Junction (9-0) is able to defeat Roosevelt today at 
11 a.m. in Montrose, the Tigers could be playing a battle of unbeatens when they host Pueblo West on Thursday. It would be the first time since opening day the Tigers faced an unbeaten opponent.

Pueblo West has scored at least 65 points in all but one game this season and averages 69.2 points per game, which is in the top 10 among 4A teams in the state.

“We’re going to have to get to the 3-point line to cover them,” Provenza said. “They can definitely shoot the ball and score some points.”


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