Third quarter lifts GJ past ‘Dogs

Grand Junction got hot at the right time to hold off Palisade 46-43 on Tuesday night in a nonleague game at Brownson Arena.

Sydni Brandon hit two 3-pointers and had two assists in the third quarter to help turn a 26-24 deficit into a 40-34 lead going into the fourth quarter. Brandon finished with 18 points, including eight in the third quarter to lead the Tigers.

Shafer Rubalcaba, who finished with 11 points, made two 15-foot jumpers in the third quarter, and Elisha Jahnke made two key second-half buckets for the Tigers.

The Bulldogs refused to wilt in the fourth quarter, and buckets by Jenna Brown and Christa Brown cut the lead to 43-40 with 1:35 remaining.

After Grand Junction pushed the lead to 46-40, Casey Brown drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with five seconds left, but the Tigers held on.

Fruita Monument 27, Montrose 25: Fruita outscored Montrose 12-7 in the third quarter to take a six-point lead, then held on despite scoring only two points in the final quarter to hand the Indians their first Southwestern League loss.

Fruita coach Michael Wells said his team packed its defense in the paint, like it did in a close loss to Grand Junction last week, and the Wildcats’ offense did just enough to win.

“We felt like we let one get away against Grand Junction. We didn’t finish that game,” he said. “Give credit to the girls, they finished tonight. What we did tonight is we rebounded, and we got stops and loose balls. We didn’t get those against Grand Junction.

“We’ll take it. I’m not looking for style points.”

Kassidy Fair led the Wildcats (8-11, 4-2 SWL) with seven points. Montrose dropped to 10-6, 5-1 SWL.

Eagle Valley 53, Delta 46: The Devils (10-6, 6-4 4A WSL) took a 31-17 lead at the half. Delta dropped to 6-9, 4-5.

Boys Basketball

Fruita Monument made eight 3-pointers and scored at least 17 points in three quarters to beat Montrose 67-56 in a Southwestern League game.

Matt Story led the Wildcats (8-11, 4-2 SWL) with 18 points and Dylan Row scored 10.

Montrose (6-9, 1-5) got 16 points from Ross Barney and 13 points from Kyle Freeberg.

Vail Christian 56, Hotchkiss 55: Vail Christian (11-2, 4-0 2A/1A WSL) outscored Hotchkiss (10-4, 4-1) by a point in the final quarter after erasing a seven-point halftime deficit and tying the game after three quarters.


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