Second-half adjustments lift Fruita boys

The Fruita Monument boys basketball team stopped fouling in the second half Friday and started hitting its shots as the Wildcats defeated Bayfield 73-70 at the Aztec (N.M.) Tournament.

After putting the Wolverines on the line 20 times in the first half and trailing 42-32, the Wildcats increased their pressure defense and kept their hands to themselves, allowing Bayfield to shoot only eight free throws in the second half.

Fruita Monument also got more aggressive and outscored Bayfield 41-28 in the second half.

Devin Winstanley and Dylan Row both had 15 points to lead the Wildcats (3-9). Matt Story added 11 points.

Fruita Monument concludes tournament play today with a 1 p.m. game against Shiprock (N.M) Northwest.

Girls Basketball

A poor fourth quarter doomed the Fruita Monument girls basketball team in a 43-36 loss to Farmington (N.M.) at the Kirtland Central (N.M.) Tournament.

The Wildcats led 22-16 at the half and 28-21 to begin the fourth quarter. But Farmington erupted for 21 points in the final frame, and the Wildcats scored eight.

The biggest difference in the game was from the free-throw line, where Fruita Monument (3-9) only hit two of six attempts and Farmington made 22 of 35.

Vanessa Herrera led the Wildcats with 14 points and Kassidy Fair added eight points.

Farmington got 13 points from Tanisha Beetso and 10 points from Shayna Carlowe.

Fruita Monument concludes play in the tournament today with a 12:30 p.m. game against Bloomfield (N.M.)


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