Palisade’s offensive woes result in loss to Glenwood Springs
The Palisade High School boys basketball team had been averaging 61 points per game heading into Saturday night’s game at Glenwood Springs.
The Bulldogs found out the hard way that even the best shooting teams have an occasional off night.
Palisade (4-5, 1-1 Western Slope League) was held to three single-digit quarters in a 42-31 loss.
“We couldn’t make a thing,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “We were just out of sync.”
Palisade took a 10-9 first-quarter lead. After that, the Demons took advantage of the Bulldogs’ cold shooting, holding a 28-23 lead into the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs were able to get within three points, but couldn’t convert crucial possessions.
“They handled every big possession better down the stretch,” Phillips said. “I never thought we would only score 31 points.”
Jeremy Hayden led the Bulldogs with nine points.
Fruita Monument 63, Heritage 55, OT: The Wildcats allowed Heritage to make a fourth-quarter comeback to send the game into overtime. Once in the extra session, Fruita Monument (5-8) took control, outscoring the Eagles 11-3.
“It was a great win and a much-needed win,” Fruita Monument coach Dave Fox said. “We played shaky at the end of regulation, but took control in overtime.”
Fruita had one of its strongest offensive games as four players finished in double figures led by TJ Pollock, who had 18 points. Tyler Kenagy added 13 points and Drew Bridges had 12 points.
Fountain-Fort Carson 71, Grand Junction 36: After scoring 40 points Friday night against Palmer Ridge, Grand Junction (7-3) struggled to score for the second straight game.
“We’ve had a hard time scoring,” Grand Junction coach Dutch Johnson said. “We have to figure out how to get easier shots.”
The Tigers kept it close with the Trojans early, as the game was tied 13-13 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Fountain-Fort Carson put the pressure on forced 28 Grand Junction turnovers.
Jesse Smith led Grand Junction with nine points.
A big third quarter by Fountain-Fort Carson cost the Grand Junction girls in a 55-52 loss in Colorado Springs. The Tigers (6-4) were leading by as many as nine points in the third quarter before the Trojans went on a run with four minutes remaining. Fountain-Fort Carson outscored Grand Junction 26-12 in the quarter.
“We ran into some foul trouble and they found a soft spot,” Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza said. “D’Shara Strange got really hot, and put up some points.”
Strange finished with 24 for the Trojans. The Tigers made one final run to cut the game to three points with 14 seconds left in the game.
“We played really well at times,” Provenza said. “That was the best first half we played all season.”
Jamie Derrieux led the Tigers with 20 points.
Rock Canyon 50, Fruita Monument 46: Stephanie Long had a season-high 18 points for Fruita, which lost its third straight game. The Wildcats (6-6) were outscored 16-12 in the first quarter and never recovered. The Wildcats return to action Friday in their first SWL game against Central.
Central 71, Montbello 49: Tayler Else had 21 points to go along with Amy Kame’s 23 to help Central end its two-game losing streak. The Warriors played a close first half with Montbello, leading by only four points at halftime. Central sent a defensive message in the third quarter, holding Montbello to only three points.
Glenwood Springs 45, Palisade 38: After a 40-point loss to Rifle, the Bulldogs looked much better against the Demons. Palisade outscored Glenwood 19-17 in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a slow second quarter. Olevia Shafer led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
Fruita Monument won the Pueblo South Colt Classic with team score of 166 points. 145-pounder Logan McNulty and 285-pounder Anthony Martin paced the Wildcats. Fruita also had runner-up performances from Lane Young (171), Joe Lee (189) and Matt Remy (215).
At the Colfax Smackdown, Central went 5-0 in dual matches. The Warriors finished third overall with 70.5 team points. Leading the way for the Warriors was 112-pounder Matthew Gurule, who defeated Coronado’s Adrienne Cordova for the championship. Anthony Feller won the championship at 125 pounds. It was a good overall weekend for the Warriors, as Central had 11 wrestlers finish in the top four.