Montrose girls start, finish strong to top Central
Montrose used a methodical attack to slowly pull away from Central for a 45-24 victory in a Southwestern League girls basketball game Tuesday night.
Led by Elise Hill’s 14 points and Emily Thorp’s 11 points, the Indians took a 14-8 lead after the first quarter and upped the lead to 23-15 at the half.
Montrose (11-7, 6-2 SWL) kept the defensive pressure up in the second half, limiting the Warriors to nine points.
Stephanie Rowan drained her second 3-pointer of the game for Montrose to help push the lead to 33-20 at the end of three quarters.
Hill had nine points in the first quarter to get the Indians going.
D’Kota Brodie led the Warriors (5-16, 2-6) with eight points, including a 3-pointer.
Grand Valley 48, Cedaredge 40: The Cardinals outscored Cedaredge 16-5 in the third quarter, overcoming a two-point halftime deficit, to win a battle between the 3A Western Slope League’s top two teams.
The Bruins (12-5, 10-4 WSL) made only seven of 29 free throws, and Grand Valley (13-3, 12-1) countered by making 19 of 37 free throws.
Kyra Chenoweth led the Cardinals with 15 points and Haley Johnson added 14 points.
Nellie Freeman led Cedaredge with 17 points.
Delta 51, Battle Mountain 23: Delta (8-10, 6-6 4A WSL) outscored the Huskies 32-9 in the middle two quarters.
Battle Mountain dropped to 4-14, 1-11.
Paonia 63, Vail Christian 22: The Eagles, ranked No. 7 in Class 2A, cruised to an easy road win.
Paonia (13-3, 6-0 2A/1A WSL) used its full-court press to turn the game into a rout early.
Paonia 79, Vail Christian 59: The Eagles were sizzling from beyond the arch, hitting a total of 12 3-pointers to beat the Saints at home.
Paonia (12-4, 7-0 2A/1A WSL) remains unbeaten in league play and has three games remaining on its regular-season schedule: Rangely, Meeker and Hotchkiss. Meeker is tied for first at 7-0, and Hotchkiss and Rangely each are 6-1 in the league.
Delta 68, Battle Mountain 46: The Panthers earned a road win to get to the .500 mark and kept the Huskies winless in 4A WSL play.
Delta (9-9, 7-5 WSL) wraps up the regular season Friday and Saturday with a game at Summit and a home game vs. Palisade.