Maestas hits late 3-pointer to lift Palisade girls
The season started off with free throws for the Palisade High School girls basketball team and ended with a last-second 3-pointer.
With Friday night’s game against Falcon tied at 61-61, the Bulldogs’ Cruz Maestas hit a 3-pointer with 10 second left to give Palisade the lead.
The Bulldogs fouled after the Falcons inbounded the ball, forcing a 1-and-1 free throw.
Falcon missed and Palisade won its season opener 64-61.
Maestas scored 17 points for the Bulldogs, who were led by Aspen Guray’s 20 points.
Instead of a tip-off to start the game, Palisade was awarded two free throws after a technical foul on Falcon for not having its book reported in time.
The Bulldogs had trouble slowing down the Falcons’ Harmony Pettis in the first half and switched from playing a man-to-man defense to a 1-3-1 zone.
After scoring 37 points in the first half, Falcon only scored 24 in the second half.
Pettis led all scorers with 28 points.
Palisade plays at Faith Christian today at 3 p.m.
Grand Junction 42, Palmer 33: The Grand Junction girls rallied from a two-point deficit to power past Palmer in the Pueblo West Tournament.
The Tigers put together a solid second half with good transition offense that led to a number of scoring opportunities, Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza said.
Grand Junction took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring Palmer 14-7 and taking a 31-26 lead.
Sydni Brandon led the Tigers with 14 points and sophomore Tori Catlett had a breakout game, Provenza said.
Catlett hit a couple of short jumpers and finished with 10 points.
Erika Meister added six points for the Tigers.
Laramie, Wyo. 41, Fruita Monument 39: Laramie made two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining to edge Fruita Monument at the Cheyenne South Tournament.
Fruita Monument coach Michael Wells said the Wildcats had a number of chances in the fourth quarter but missed too many shots.
Kassidy Fair scored 16 points for the Wildcats, including two 3-pointers. But the senior sprained an ankle late in the second quarter, which affected her play in the second half.
Vanessa Herrera had 11 points and Mariah Love six for the Wildcats (1-2).
Ashley Hofer of Fruita Monument won the 100-yard freestyle in the Glenwood Springs Demon Invitational.
Hoefer touched the wall in 1 minute, 1.87 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of the field.
The Wildcats also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:57.02 and Kathryn McConnel won the 100 backstroke in 1:08.93.
Glenwood Springs won eight events, with the Wildcats winning three and Summit sweeping the diving, with Tessa Gunnin winning with 181.40 points.