Wildcat girls top Wolves
The Fruita Monument High School girls basketball team was too big for Westminster, winning 52-24 on Saturday at Fruita.
The Wildcats (10-11, 4-5 Southwestern League) had no problems breaking the Wolves’ full-court press jumping out to a 22-9 first-half lead.
“We were getting anything we wanted,” Fruita Monument coach Dan Schmalz said, “mostly because they didn’t have much size. At every position we were four or five inches taller.”
Sarah Hensley led the Wildcats with 11 points and Taylor Johnson added 10. Fruita reached 10 wins on the season, which should all but lock up a position in the playoffs.
“It’s huge because 10 is the magic number,” Schmalz said. “In the past we’ve made it without 10 wins, but I feel much better now that we’ve gotten 10.”
The Palisade girls team played a motivated Battle Mountain team and pulled out a 44-41 win.
“They’ve improved,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said. “But it was still good to get the win.”
Palisade trailed at halftime 20-18, but put together a strong second half led by Meghan Peters’ 12 points.
The Palisade boys basketball team couldn’t hold an early lead, losing 58-51 at Battle Mountain.
The Bulldogs took a 12-7 lead to start the first quarter and led 28-23 at the half. In the second half, the Bulldogs were outscored 35-23.
Cody Bond and Kane Gunther each had 15 points for Palisade. Cody Hervert scored 17 for Battle Mountain.
Grand Junction diver Gillian McLean finished in the top 25 at the Class 5A state swim meet in Fort Collins. McLean, who was cut after her fifth dive, finished with 135.15 points.
“The competition was intense,” said District 51 diving coach Mandi Squires said. “The fact that she made it is a huge accomplishment.”
At the Class 4A swim meet at the Mountain View Aquatic Center, Montrose finished in eighth place with a score of 108. Thompson Valley won the meet with 330 points.
Leading the way for the Indians was Emily Stucky, who defended her state title in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.40.
Stucky also finished third in the 100-yard butterfly. Montrose finished in the top eight in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.