Turnovers plague Central in loss
The Central High School boys basketball team had a rash of turnovers that led to numerous fast-break layups for Cherokee Trail in the Warriors’ 66-50 loss Wednesday in the first round of the Hinkley Tournament.
Down 12-11, Central was outscored 14-8 in the second quarter but scored five quick points to open the second half and cut the lead to 26-24. Cherokee Trail responded with an 8-0 run and the Warriors couldn’t ever catch up.
“We had around 30 turnovers, and that was the story of the game,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “It was easy transition baskets for them.”
Central (2-3), which plays Hinkley at 3:30 today, got 10 points from Josh Wells, nine from Taylor Sanchez and eight from Vandon Sanchez.
Poor first quarter dooms Fruita
Fruita Monument couldn’t overcome a slow start and fell 68-63 to Valor Christian Wednesday night.
“We turned the ball over early, which is uncharacteristic of what we’ve been doing,” Fruita Monument coach Dave Fox said. “After a bad first quarter, we outscored them the rest of the way, but just didn’t play well early.”
Fruita trailed 23-12 after the first quarter and couldn’t close the gap.
The Wildcats were led by TJ Pollock who scored 17 points. Colter McKenzie added 14 for Fruita.
KidzPlex Level 4 junior team wins title
The KidzPlex Level 4 junior team won the USAG State Championships and the Level 4 team took second last weekend in Denver.
Katherine Stobbe took first all-around (37.475) in the Junior B division. She placed second on bars and beam and third on floor.
Cassidy Pratt was first all-around (37.1) in the Children’s D division with a first on vault, second on floor and third on beam. Melissa Elias placed second all-around (36.875) and won the beam in the Children’s C division.
Charlotte Svaldi took second all-around (36.7) and won the beam in the Junior A division. Violet Bambino was third all-around (37.125) in the Junior A division and Meredith Mitchell took first place on the floor exercise in the Children’s B division.
Mixed Martial Arts
Pair of Fruita fighters win belts
The AREDZ gym of Fruita had a good showing at Saturday’s Border Wars in Riverton, Wyo.
Andrew Yates won the IFCA National Championship at 155 pounds by defeating Orlando Rodriguez by unanimous decision. The win improves his record to 15-7-2.
Also fighting was Tanner Roybal, who defeated Matt McOmie at 185 pounds by a second-round TKO. Both fighters won belts. The only AREDZ fighter to lose was 135-pounder Sadie Patton, who lost to Stephanie Skinner by first-round knockout.