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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Grand Junction’s Madi Schmalz, 14, drives to the basket past a pair of Fairview defenders during the first half of a game at Grand Junction High School last week. Schmalz is one of six returning players for the Tigers this season.

Foundation of versatility

Depth, new game plan will be key for GJ girls

Two losses to open the season — one of them lopsided — aren’t any indication of how the season is going to go for the Grand Junction High School girls basketball team. That, at least, is how longtime coach Sam Provenza feels.

There will be, however, a process to how fast the Tigers get where they want to be.

“We’re going to have to play catch up in a hurry to get to the level we need to get to,” Provenza said not long after his team completed its final preseason practice this past week. “Our experience probably isn’t there just yet. You look at our roster and you see seniors and sophomores with a junior wedged in the middle.

“So all of the young kids will have to catch up,” he continued. “I have no doubt they will.”


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