Montrose girls win 7th straight
Skoe, Hill lead Indians past Central
The Montrose girls basketball team cruised to its seventh straight victory Friday and remained undefeated in the Southwestern League with a 55-30 road win over Central.
Tess Skoe led Montrose with 19 points, including going 11 of 14 from the line. Elise Hill chipped in 10 points.
Jordan Eller led Central with 12 points.
As a team, Montrose went 23 of 33 from the line.
“I like the way we’re defending, and we have to continue to execute offensively,” Montrose coach Eric Sanchez said. “We have to work on little things, closing out defensively, boxing out, to continue to be successful.”
Montrose, in its next two games, will visit Fruita Monument and Grand Junction. The Tigers and Wildcats are second and third, respectively, behind Montrose in the Southwestern League. Montrose won each of its home matchups against the squads.
“We have to be ready for each style of play and know matchups,” Sanchez said. “We have to be ready for their guard play. (Sydni) Brandon for Grand Junction and (Lauren) LaBonde for Fruita. But they’re certainly more than one-man teams.”
Plateau Valley 45, West Grand 38: Audrey Rose Kachin scored 18 points and had six steals as Plateau Valley defeated West Grand in 1A/2A Western Slope League play. Mariah Klingler grabbed 11 rebounds and had seven points for the Cowboys and Chelsy Mills collected nine rebounds and scored nine points.
Coal Ridge 50, Gunnison 36: Coal Ridge led 27-15 at the half.
Hotchkiss jumped to a 25-4 first-quarter lead over Vail Mountain and rolled to a 73-32 win in 1A/2A Western Slope League boys basketball Friday.
Cody Bartlett led the Bulldogs (9-4) with 11 points and Taylor Schreiner and Mason Oxford each added 10 points.
Paonia 70, Vail Christian 66: Taylor Walters had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Paonia, which led 26-15 after one quarter and 39-30 at the half. Jason Sturgis added 16 points and five assists for the Eagles and Josiah Spano scored 13 points.
West Grand 85, Plateau Valley 59: Casey Gore made seven 3-pointers on the way to 27 points for the victors and Kyler Smith and Fernando Enriquez paced Plateau Valley with 20 and 16 points, respectively.
Roaring Fork 53, Grand Valley 40: Roaring Fork outscored the Cardinals 34-18 in the middle two quarters.