Sports: Prep Roundup January 25, 2009

Good strategy helps Central slow Garcia to win in Durango


•  The Central High School girls basketball team played one of its most complete games of the season Saturday. The Warriors picked up their second consecutive Southwestern League road victory with a 69-34 victory over Durango.
“We played probably the best game we’ve played so far,” Central coach Todd Dixon said.
The Warriors (9-6, 3-0 SWL) had a 22-8 first-quarter lead on the Demons (11-6, 1-3).
“It was a good game plan,” Dixon said of rotating three players to defend Durango standout guard Katerina Garcia, who returned over the weekend after missing last week’s games with a sprained foot. “It was great execution.”
Garcia finished with 16 points.
“We wanted the other four kids on the court to beat us,” Dixon said.
Amy Kame led Central with 27 points, including 11 from the free-throw line. Karen Hayter added 10 points and Maddie Vana nine.

• The Fruita girls earned their first league win by defeating Cortez 50-42.
The Wildcats (5-8, 1-2 SWL) outscored the Panthers 16-6 in the first quarter and survived runs in the second and third. Despite trailing by four in the third, the Wildcats regained a 36-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats were led by Taylor Johnson and Katie Lewis, who both had nine points. Keila Utu added eight points.

•  Palisade controlled from the opening tip and didn’t allow Battle Mountain any breathing room defeating the Huskies 71-26.
Palisade (2-12, 2-4 Western Slope League) was led by Holly Odneal, who had 19 points. Kendra Barnes added 15.


• On the boys side, Central (12-3, 2-1 SWL) bounced back from Friday night’s loss to Montezuma-Cortez by topping Durango 71-55.
“It was a balanced game for us,” Warriors assistant coach Landon Kame said. “The kids hit big shots and it was the first time in a while we have won at Durango.”
The Warriors’ Kahler Grandbouche put Friday’s tough game behind him by scoring 20 points. Michael Wiedrich also had a big game, scoring 14 points — all in the second half.

•  In Cortez, Fruita (4-10, 0-3 SWL) couldn’t bounce back from a tough first quarter and fell 61-44.
The Panthers jumped out to a 21-7 first-quarter lead, making their first seven shots.
Micah Conrads finished with 19 points for the Panthers. The Wildcats were led by Alex Mende who had 15 points. Chance Muller added 12 points.

•  Palisade (1-13, 1-5 WSL) lost at Battle Mountain 68-56. The Bulldogs had a lead at halftime but couldn’t get any shots to fall in the second half.
“We were a little sluggish,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “They always say the most important game is the game after a big win.”
The Bulldogs were led by Rylie Josey, who had 17 points.


• Palisade won four duals to win the Rifle Invitational. The Bulldogs defeated Delta (61-12), Eaglecrest (49-13) and Glenwood Springs (56-9) in pool play to advance to a championship against Rifle. The Bulldogs topped the host Bears 36-35 in the championship.
103-pounder Daniel Salazar and 152-pounder Tanner Barnes both went 4-0.
At the Buffalo invitational, Grand Junction finished second with a team score of 126. Anthony Guillen (119 pounds), Jessie Hoffschneider (135) and Ethan Minnick (171) all finished first in the tournament.
Dylon Thompson (103) and Dylan Reed (215) both finished 3-1.


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