Youthful Warriors fall to Moffat County
Some teams are better than their records suggest.
The winless Central High School boys basketball team (0-12) has been through a series of brutal tournaments on the Front Range and in Utah. Playing at home for the first time in nearly a month, the Warriors fell just short Thursday night, losing 57-55 to Moffat County (2-5).
“I think if someone’s just looking at our record they’re not getting the whole picture,” coach Ryan Hayden said. “Our kids are young and just learning how to compete and people just have to come watch us play to see how hard we work.”
Central was without leading scorer Taylor Sanchez, who will also miss the game against Palisade on Saturday to attend a football prospect showcase.
“It was a decision he was really uncomfortable making,” Hayden said. “But I think it’s a great opportunity for him to move on to the next level in football.”
Trey Fair, Preston Grandbouche and Robert Chandler picked up the offensive slack in Sanchez’s absence, notching 13, 12, and 11 points, respectively.
It was Fair who brought the Warriors within two points on a layup with eight seconds left, and Grandbouche, whose last-second 3 bounced around the rim three times before spinning out.
The Warriors play at Palisade (8-2) on Saturday night.
“We show up to practice tomorrow and we learn from what happened tonight,” Hayden said. “That’s where we are as a program. At this point practices are as important, if not more important, than games.”
The Warriors couldn’t match up on the boards against Moffat County, losing 56-37.
Central (2-8) surrendered 15 offensive rebounds and couldn’t contain a balanced Moffat County (7-4) attack. Melissa Camilletti and Annie Sadvar had 11 points each, all from inside the arc.
“One of the main goals we wanted today was to implement the style of play we’ve been practicing,” coach Todd Dixon said. “We haven’t fared well against good teams. We know we’re going to have to win ugly and a lot of that relies on scrappy play.”
Brittany Hoppe shouldered the offensive load for the Warriors with 17 points. Jordan Eller added seven, but was carried off the court with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. Eller is second on the team in scoring and with Hoppe, runs the Warriors’ backcourt.
“It looked like (Eller’s) ankle injury was very painful,” said Dixon, whose team plays at Palisade on Saturday. “I’m praying for good luck.”
Fruita Monument 41, Thoreau, N.M. 34: Despite battling a team-wide illness, the Wildcats won their first game at the Webb-Toyota Bronco Invite in Kirtland, N.M.
“Everybody did a little bit,” coach Dan Schmalz said. “We had a huge height advantage.”
Sam Parks led a balanced scoring effort with nine points. Post players Vanessa Herrera and Kassidy Fair each chipped in with six points for Fruita, which plays Grants, N.M., at 5:30 today in the semifinals.