Talbott lifts Palisade to win over Coal Ridge

Palisade overcame a game-tying buzzer-beater at the end of regulation Friday and got a game-high 18 points from Hannah Talbott to defeat Coal Ridge 59-55.

Moriah Rayment added 11 points for the Bulldogs (1-3).

“We did a great job defensively and were able to hit free throws,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said. “I was really proud of the girls for coming back from being down in the fourth quarter.”

Palisade hit 22 of 34 free throws.

Paige Ryan led Coal Ridge with 11 points.

“We hit a 3 that took a lucky bounce to force overtime,” Coal Ridge coach Rick Schmitz said. “Palisade dominated the overtime, made some nice shots.”


Alex Padgett and Drew Bridges combined for all but five of the Wildcats’ points in a 61-15 win over Legacy in the Ralston Valley Invitational.

Padgett had 24 points, including three 3-pointers, and Bridges had 22.

Fruita (4-1) was coming off a 61-59 loss to Grandview Thursday night.

“We had a heart-breaking loss last night, and we showed a lot of character to bounce back,” Fruita coach Dave Fox said.

Cody Daniels added 10 points for the Wildcats.

Palisade 58, Coal Ridge 48: Kane Gunther had 18 points, Jesus Aguirre had 13 and Luke McLean added 10 as Palisade (3-3) held on to a 33-20 halftime lead at Coal Ridge.

Thomas Jefferson 58, Grand Junction 44: Despite 17 points from Casey Burns, the Tigers (2-3) could not overcome Thomas Jefferson.

Jordan Roland led Thomas Jefferson with 19 points.

Central fell to 0-5 with a 62-50 loss to Uintah, Utah.


Grand Junction’s Taylor Kidd won the 200-yard freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 1:19.76 and anchored the Tigers’ winning 400 freestyle relay that also qualified for state during the Fruita Monument Invitational at the El Pomar Natatorium.

Kidd placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.76.)

Grand Junction’s 400 free relay team of Marina Silva, Stephanie Wahlers, Ellen Atkinson and Kidd swam a time of 4:05.16.

Fruita Monument diver Tamera Newlands won the one-meter diving with 177 points.


Central’s Willy Holdren won all four of his matches at 152 pounds during the Wasatch Intermountain Invitational in Utah.

Central went 1-3 as a team, its win a 49-30 defeat of Rock Springs.

Holdren pinned all four opponents, his quickest in 1:25 over Logan’s Erick Popoca.

Fruita Monument lost its four dual mataches.

Said Fruita coach Dan Van Hoose of the Utah competition: “They’re relentless out here.”


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