Palisade still trying to find its rhythm

Palisade’s Kane Gunther, right, collides with Aspen’s Devin Kahn as he drives toward the basket during the first half of Tuesday’s game at Palisade.

The Palisade High School boys basketball team had its moments on Tuesday.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they were too short and too far between.

Aspen, conversely, took well advantage of its opportunities to make some scoring runs in
the teams’ nonleague game at Palisade.

The Skiers (3-0) put together a couple of scoring binges together in each half to defeat Palisade 78-49.

“We’re competing in stretches but we get out of sync,” Bulldogs coach Steve Phillips said, an observation he’s made in all four Palisade losses.

It began in the first quarter, with Jeremy Hayden hitting his lone 3-pointer of the night, Rylie Josey hitting two free throws and Nathaniel Yanez providing a spark off the bench with a 3-pointer. With 41/2 minutes gone, Palisade had its only lead at 10-9.

Aspen’s 21-point run during the next 5 minutes and 10 seconds, including hitting its first four baskets of the second quarter, helped the Skiers race to a 30-10 lead.

During that run, Palisade turned the ball over nine times.

“We’ve just got to continue to work and get fundamentally sound,” Phillips said of mistakes born mostly on passing and catching.

Palisade settled down before the end of the half, but the Skiers broke it open by hitting 10 of their first 11 shots to start the third quarter.

“I think it’s a matter of breaking old habits,” Bulldogs senior post player Jake Edmiston said.

With a wealth of senior shooters, Palisade relied on the 3-pointer last year. With few of this season’s players having much varsity experience and learning a new system under Phillips, the learning curve has been fast.

“It’s a matter of running what we want to now,” Edmiston said of adapting to a new system with essentially new personnel.

Aspen, which for a couple of seasons relied on a strong inside game with a couple of 6-foot-9 players, has also been forced to adapt to a new style, but guard Matthew
Holmes produced a solid all-around game with 19 points, seven rebounds and six steals.

Trevor Watson, another outside player, scored 18 points.

Hayden led the Bulldogs with 16 points.

“It boils down to playing with confidence,” Phillips said. “(We need to) let the game come to us.”

CENTRAL 68, Glenwood Springs 34

The Warriors (4-0) continue to roll, winning at Glenwood Springs.

“We did a good job of rebounding and using our defensive press,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “Sean Citlau had a great first half for us and our defense had a good game.”
Citlau had 18 points in a first half that saw the Warriors take a 40-22 lead.

Central plays at Rifle on Friday before trying its luck in the Hinkley Hoopla tournament, which begins on Dec. 17.


Central (2-0) opened the doubleheader at Glenwood Springs with a 66-53 win.

The Warriors took a 33-15 lead into halftime but the Demons stormed out in the second half and tried to rally, scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter.

“They had a big fourth quarter,” Central coach Todd Dixon said. “We had the game under control but (Katrina) Selsor hit three big shots.”

The Warriors were able to hold off the Demons’ late charge, which Dixon said was a good thing to see this early in the season.

“It will pay off big-time because we were able to practice how to stop a run,” Dixon said.

“We were able correct a lot of things from the Rifle game.”

Central was led by Amy Kame, who finished with 30 points. Kame has had at least 30 points in the Warriors’ first two games.

Haleigh Higgins added 11 points. Selsor was the Demons’ leading scorer with 23 and Mackenzie Kuhn added 15.


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