In the first half at the Roughrider Shootout at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown on Thursday, the Central High School girls basketball team trailed 14-9 at halftime.
A trio of clutch performances in the second half and overtime changed the Warriors’ fortunes.
Mya Murdock and Leah Redding both scored 13 points as Central defeated Pueblo County 41-36 in overtime after trailing for most of the game.
Nikki Madaris, who finished with seven points, gave Central its first lead with a late 3-pointer. The Hornets (4-6) tied the game and Murdock’s final attempt for the win was off target, sending the teams to overtime tied at 33-33.
Murdock and Redding each scored four points in overtime, with the latter going 4-for-6 from the free-throw line.
“It took us quite a while to get warmed up,” said Central coach Mary Doane. “It was a good second half.”
Fruita Monument 43, Chatfield 35: The Wildcats improved to 10-1 with a victory over the hosts of the Chatfield Tournament to open the new year.
Lila Dere scored 17 points and Callie Allen added 15 for Fruita. Dere scored nine of her points in the first quarter as the Wildcats charged out to an early lead on the Chargers (3-5) and never looked back.
Marcus LaBonde made three 3-pointers and seven of 10 free-throw attempts on his way to a season-high 36 points, leading Fruita Monument past Rock Point (Arizona) 73-60 in the Aztec Tournament in New Mexico.
LaBonde scored 20 of his points in the first half, in which the Wildcats (6-4) outscored the Cougars (10-4) 39-31.
Dillon Keithley made three 3-pointers and finished with 10 points. Ian Barnes also scored 10 points for Fruita.