Solid beginning not enough for Fruita Monument boys

Fruita Monument’s boys basketball team couldn’t sustain its quick start Thursday against Dakota Ridge in the Hinkley Challenge, falling 64-52.

“We played well early, got out to a 15-6 lead and then we had three straight opportunities where we missed breakaway layups or turned the ball over,” Fruita coach Dave Fox said. “Instead of having a really big lead, they hit two 3s and it was 15-12 real fast and that changed the momentum.”

The Wildcats, who were turned back by the chain law at Vail on Wednesday, made it to Aurora on Thursday, and play two games today, facing Rangeview at 11:30 this morning and Smoky Hill at 3:30 this afternoon.

Drew Bridges finished with 12 points for the Wildcats and James Lewis had 10, and Fox said Tyler Kenagy gave the Wildcats a spark with six points.

After the early lead, Fruita was outscored 20-9 the rest of the first half as the Eagles steadily pulled away.

George Washington 80, Central 35: The Warriors didn’t have the size to match up with the No. 10 team in Class 5A and fell behind quickly, 25-6 in the first quarter.

“Even though it was a lopsided game, our kids did some good things,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “We ran our offense and got better looks even though we had some shots altered.”

Scott Brennan had nine points for Central, which plays Hinkley at 1 this afternoon and Loveland at 5 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Brittany Hoppe scored 13 points for Central, which lost 78-35 to Sand Creek, one of the top Class 4A teams in the state, in the Poudre Holiday Tournament.

“Very much so,” Central coach Todd Dixon said of the improvement he saw in his young team. “A lot less turnovers. It’s a step in the right direction.”

WRESTLING

Olathe won five matches by pin to defeat Montrose 42-25. Trenton Piatt (103 pounds), Ben Pridy (119), Zach Shank (125), Myles Yarnell (10) and Casey Childs (285) all pinned their opponents, three coming in less than one minute.

Piatt pinned Humberto Duarte in 17 seconds and Zach Shank pinned Nick Sulham in 26 seconds. Montrose got pins from Drew Schumann (130), Marcus Velasquez (140) and Lyle Wright (152).

At 171, Olathe’s Kyle Piatt won the highly anticipated matchup against Bryce Gaber 6-0.


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