Kane Gunther helps Palisade get first WSL road victory

The Palisade High School boys basketball team earned its first Western Slope League road win Saturday night with a 53-44 victory over Moffat County.

The two teams were tied 20-20 at halftime before Palisade went on an 18-7 run in the third quarter.

Palisade had a big game from Kane Gunther, who scored 24 points.

Fruita Monument 54, Durango 47: The Wildcats led 40-18 in the second half before getting into foul trouble, allowing the Demons to climb back into the game.

Durango shot 27 free throws to the Wildcats’ nine.

“It was frustrating,” Fruita Monument coach Dave Fox said. “But I was proud of the boys for getting buckets when we needed it most.”

Fruita Monument had three players in double figures, led by Alex Padgett’s 17 points.

Grand Junction 74, Montezuma-Cortez 50: The Tigers made 12 3-pointers and went 12 of 13 from the free-throw line in a lopsided victory.

Tyler Winder led the Tigers with 22 points and Nate Yanez added 18 points, including five 3-pointers.

Plateau Valley 56, Rangely 42: The Cowboys’ Teddy Grundy scored 29 points, including 12 in the third quarter. Chase Langley added 10 for Plateau Valley.

Paonia 85, Vail Christian 77: Adrian Penny had 27 points for Paonia. The Eagles trailed 39-37 at halftime before both teams had a big offensive output in the second half.

Nucla 59, De Beque 54: David Aiuto had 19 points for the Dragons and Ethan Martin added 18.

Girls basketball

The Fruita Monument girls ran away from Durango in the fourth quarter to earn a 73-59 victory.

“We played well in the fourth,” Fruita Monument coach Dan Schmalz said. “We got a six-point lead with three minutes left and they never got closer.”

The Wildcats had four players in double figures, led by Taylor Johnson’s 18 points. Megan Reynoso added 17 points — including going 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.

The Wildcats shot 27 of 34 from the free-throw line.

Grand Junction 43, Montezuma-Cortez 36: The Tigers had a 10-point lead at halftime and outlasted the Panthers in the second half.

Paula Lage led Grand Junction with 20 points.

“It was a physical game,” Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza said. “Paula had the last seven points of the game to seal it up.”

Moffat County 57, Palisade 32: Moffat County jumped to a 24-7 halftime lead to put Palisade away. Kendra Barnes had 18 points to lead Palisade.

Olathe 61, Grand Valley 35: The Pirates had a 35-7 halftime lead. Olathe had three players in double figures, led by Kylie Tait with 20 points. Shawnee Young led Grand Valley with 11 points.

Paonia 46, Vail Christian 18: Abby Campbell had a double-double for the Eagles with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Roaring Fork 42, Basalt 32: The Rams earned their first win since defeating Aspen in the 2008-09 season.

Kaleigh Wisroth led Roaring Fork with 13 points.


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