Warriors too much for ’Dogs

Central High School’s high-tempo attack was too much for the Palisade girls basketball team Saturday, getting double-digit performances from three players in a 56-30 nonleague victory at Palisade.

Amy Kame led Central’s assault, scoring 19 points, including two buckets from 3-point range and going 5 for 7 from the free-throw line. Haleigh Higgins and Stacey Kinnett each added 10 points, with Higgins going 4 of 6 from the line.

The game started out close, with the Bulldogs able to break the Warriors’ press and cause a few turnovers of their own. With Kame held to only two points, Central led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter.

The Bulldogs balanced their scoring with four players combining for the eight points.

Central started to push in the second quarter, however, and began to distance itself, exploding on both sides of the court with the offense flowing through turnovers caused by its tough defense.

Kinnett and Kame scored five points each in the quarter to spark an 18-5 run, and Higgins
chipped in three.

“They’re a quick team, and I think they used their speed well,” Bulldogs head coach Toni Gunther said of the Warriors’ second-quarter run. “We got caught out of position a little bit and got into foul trouble. We put them on the line and they’re good from there.”

Heading into the third quarter, the Warriors led 29-13, and Kame began to solidify her position on both ends of the court.

Within a three-minute span, Kame made two 3-pointers, caused a turnover on defense, hit a runner in the key, had three blocks, two of which came on the same defensive possession, and had an assist.

The Warriors took a 46-22 lead after the third quarter, and coasted to the victory.

Gunther is seeing improvement in her young team. The Bulldogs’ front-court combination of freshman Elise Heutzenroeder and sophomore Kendra Barnes each had eight points, and sophomore Olevia Shafer added seven.

Senior point guard Sarah Hayes, the Bulldogs’ main ball-handler and a key component to breaking the press, added four points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

“I was really proud of our girls, and how hard they worked,” Gunther said. “I thought they played really hard for four quarters.”

The Bulldogs host Moffat County and Steamboat Springs this weekend and the Warriors host Durango and Montezuma-Cortez this weekend.


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