Palisade rolls past Moffat
On Friday night, promptly after the Palisade High School boys basketball beat Moffat County 68-39, junior Nate Yanez was all smiles and for good reason.
Yanez was nearly unstoppable throughout the game. He finished with 23 points, including four 3-pointers and a perfect 5-for-5 effort from the free-throw line.
“I think I just got my mojo back,” Yanez said. “We’re playing as a team, working hard. We just all got it back.”
Early shooting from Yanez helped the Bulldogs get an early lead, starting the game with a 17-4 run for the first six minutes of the game.
Both Yanez and Palisade coach Steve Phillips credited the team’s offensive ability to quick passing.
The passing led to offensive contributions from multiple players, with Kane Gunther finishing with 13 points, Caleb Hall with nine and Jeremy Hayden had eight.
Moffat County attempted to chip away at the lead, but Palisade combined their offense with a tight defense to allow only six points in the third quarter.
In the second half, Palisade also limited Jordon Wilson, Moffat County’s leading scorer, to four points. Wilson had 11 points in the first half.
“That’s kind of been our emphasis since the beginning of the year is that we’ve got to be able to play better defense,” Phillips said. “The scoring is going to come through the defense. If you get turnovers, it makes the offensive end really easy.”
The Palisade girls basketball team got its first victory of the season Friday, beating Moffat County 39-28.
“Just trying to figure it all and put it together has been a challege, but we are really proud of our effort,” coach Toni Gunther said.
In the first half, Palisade was led in scoring by Kailie Wallace, whose had six points. The second half saw Kendra Barnes take control of the post, scoring eight, to finish with 10.
Palisade succeeded in a tight man-to-man defense that led to numerous travel calls against Moffat County, which Gunther considers to be a sign of progress for the team.
“This is only our second game playing straight man and it’s pretty exciting to be able to do that because that wasn’t something we could do early on,” she said.
Moffat County’s Kendal Snyder, Brittany Ivers and Annie Sadvar all scored five points.