Third-quarter scoring spree lifts GJ girls to win in Montrose tournament

The Grand Junction girls basketball team finally got its offense going in the second half Thursday as the Tigers defeated Alamosa 44-33 during the first day of the Black Canyon Tournament in Montrose.

The Tigers (7-0) led 17-8 at the half, then broke open the game by outscoring Alamosa 21-9 in the third quarter.

“We were playing good defense, we just missed a lot of shots in the first half,” Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza said. “We finally got back to doing what we do well, and Syndi (Brandon) and Tori (Catlett) took over in the third quarter.”

Brandon and Catlett each scored seven points in the third quarter, and Catlett finished with a team-high 17 points, one more than Brandon.

Provenza said Brandon played excellent defense off the ball and got a lot of steals.

“She really stepped her game up. She took her game to another place tonight,” he said.

Provenza attributed part of the Tigers’ slow start on offense to Alamosa being an improved team.

“They’re a lot better than they were last year,” he said. “They played hard.”

Boys Basketball

Broderick Robinson scored 31 points as Grand Junction defeated John F. Kennedy High School 62-49 in the first round of the Mullen Holiday Tournament on Thursday.

Greg Eccher added 13 points for the Tigers (7-0) and joined Robinson with three 3-pointers. Robinson scored 19 of his points in the first half — 12 of them in the second quarter.

The Tigers led 30-22 at the half and outscored Kennedy 18-9 in the third to extend their lead to 17 points.

Still, Grand Junction assistant coach Isaac Madison said, “We didn’t feel like we played real well, the first half especially.”

The Tigers, who are ranked No. 10 in Class 5A, advance to an 8 p.m. semifinal tonight against Sand Creek, the state’s sixth-ranked team in Class 4A.

Coronado 61, Central 47: Central got 20 points from Trey Fair in a nonleague loss.


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