LaBonde’s 3s lead Wildcats past Niwot

Lauren LaBonde had five 3-pointers and scored 25 points as Fruita Monument’s girls basketball team outscored host Niwot 25-7 in the second half on the way to a 45-25 victory.

Fruita coach Dan Schmalz said Niwot was content to sit back in a 2-3 zone, leaving LaBonde open for the 3s.

“We were being real patient offensively and able to knock shots down,” he said. “It was like playing in an old man’s league.”

Fruita (2-0) also held Niwot to three field goals in the second half.

Grand Junction 38, Rampart 25: Jamie Derrieux paced Grand Junction with 16 points and Kricket Adleman added 10 as the Tigers (2-1) defeated Rampart to place third in the Dakota Ridge Battle at the Ridge Tournament.

Grand Junction led 14-0 after one quarter.

Tigers coach Sam Provenza said the Tigers were supposed to play Boulder at noon, but the Boulder County school district canceled all of its games because of the weather.

“It was a crazy day,” he said.

George Washington 45, Central 20: Central trailed only 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter, but George Washington outscored the Warriors 24-6 in the fourth quarter.


Grand Junction placed second in a Montezuma-Cortez-hosted meet with three individual event winners and one relay champion.

Durango won the meet with 508 points, followed by the Tigers (390), Fruita Monument (338), Palisade/Central (243) and Cortez (169.)

Taylor Kidd won the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.57) and the 100-yard freestyle (57.67) and anchored the Tigers’ winning 400 freestyle relay that included Marina Silva, Darby Corn and Ellen Atkinson.

Atkinson won the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:40.77.


Fruita Monument finished seventh out of 14 teams at the Arapahoe Invitational.

For the Wildcats, Dallas Bernal placed first at 170 pounds, Aidan Woomar took second at 152 pounds and Matt Bishop (120 pounds) and Jacob Seely (160) placed third.


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