Second-half defense lifts Olathe girls into second round of state tourney
Olathe cranked up the defensive intensity in the second half as the Pirates pulled away for a 61-29 win over Clear Creek in the first round of the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament.
Olathe (18-5) led 22-18 at the half after letting a sizable lead dwindle late in the second quarter.
“We told them at the half they needed to pick up the defensive intensity, and they did,” Olathe coach Paul Althaus said.
The Pirates, seeded 16th in the 32-team state field, outscored 17th-seeded Clear Creek 22-6 in the third quarter and 17-5 in the fourth.
Senior Haley Turley led Olathe with 24 points and dropped in two of the Pirates’ five 3-pointers.
Olathe plays No. 1 seed Centauri at 1 p.m. today at Centauri.
■ In another Class 3A state first-round game, Bishop Machebeuf beat Grand Valley 59-50.
Paonia 43, Del Norte 28: The Eagles (18-4) advanced to the Class 2A Region 3 final at 1 p.m. today at Durango High School and face Ignacio (15-7), a 57-47 winner over Sanford.
Limon 41, Hotchkiss 29: Limon eliminated the Bulldogs (14-9) in a Class 2A Region 2 semifinal in Sterling.
Haxtun defeated Meeker 55-34 in a Region 4 semifinal at Mullen High School and Ignacio beat Paonia 66-49 in a Region 3 semifinal at Durango High School.
Ben Linnell scored 25 points for Paonia (10-13).
Meeker finished the year 16-7.
Palisade surrendered the game’s first goal but answered right back to tie the game and went on to defeat Delta 3-1.
Alysa Isaman scored in the 10th minute for Delta, but Audrey Rose Kachin scored in the following minute, and the teams entered halftime tied. An own goal in the 49th minute by Delta proved to be the game-winner for the Bulldogs (2-0, 2-0 Class 4A Western Slope League), who got two assists from Cruz Maestas and nine saves from goalie Katie Dunn.
Central 0, Montezuma-Cortez 0: Central almost got the winning goal in the waning seconds of the second overtime in its season opener, a Southwestern League contest. Warriors coach Jacob Pingel said a Central corner kick led to a shot by Lynzee Dwyer that went “a little high, just over” the crossbar.
Fruita Monument rallied from a 4-0 deficit after one quarter to tie the game 6-6 after three quarters before falling 7-6 to Douglas County in the Wildcats’ season-opener.
Douglas County scored the fourth quarter’s lone goal with 8:48 left in the game.
Goalie Corey Henricksen made 13 saves for Fruita, which took 21 shots for the game.