Turnovers doom Central girls in loss to Trojans

It was close, then it wasn’t.

The Fountain-Fort Carson High School girls basketball team took advantage of a slew of Central first-half turnovers and a solid combination of inside-outside shooting to rout the Warriors 46-22 on Friday in the Wildcat Invitational at Fruita Monument High School.

Amber Perryman led the Trojans with 20 points, including scoring 12 of their first 14 points.

“I think we were just a little dazed tonight,” Central coach Mary Doane said. “The late night, back-to-back games, we just didn’t play that well.”

Central scrapped its way back into the game to start the second quarter after falling behind 14-5.

Cassidy Bryant hit a baseline jumper, and Tyler Hays swished a runner to cut the lead to 14-9, and after Brooklyn Botts hit a jumper, the lead was 15-11.

That’s when the Warriors went cold and got sloppy taking care of the ball.

Central finished the quarter turning the ball over seven times and missing three shots.

The Trojans, meanwhile, were taking care of business with a 13-0 run to take a 30-12 lead at the half.

Felizia Madrid-Guerra hit a 3-pointer to start the run, then swished a three from the corner at the buzzer to end the streak. She scored 10 of her 12 points in the second quarter.

Both teams came out of the half cold, scoring a combined 13 points in the third quarter. Part of that was a better effort by the Warriors at the defensive end.

Taryn Smith banked in a jumper for the Warriors, and jumpers by Hays and Cassidy Bryant made the score 37-18 at the end of three quarters.

D’Kota Brodie played well inside for the Warriors, and Hays had a blocked shot and a steal in the third quarter.

Fountain-Fort Carson made a conscious effort to contain the high-scoring Hays, who went for 20 points Thursday.

Hays had few open looks and had a constant defensive shadow throughout the game. She made two of eight shots in the first half and finished with a team-high six points.

“We knew everything goes through her, so we wanted to be sure to try and slow her down,” Fountain-Fort Carson coach Sir Harry Knight said.

Doane, despite falling to 0-5, was pleased with the second-half defensive effort.

“We talked at halftime about limiting their transition buckets and playing better on defense, and I think we did that,” she said.


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