Delta County’s Jillian Carlson made the most of her first appearance in the Class 3A state swim meet.

In Friday’s prelims in Thornton, the sophomore tied for second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 8.19 seconds) and was 10th in the 500 freestyle (5:39.28), grabbing the final spot for qualification in the latter.

The 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams, comprised of Carlson, Brooklynn Mininger, Madyson Hannegrefs and Sarah Bules, didn’t qualify for the finals.

Neither Hannegrefs nor Bules qualified for the finals in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke, respectively.

Boys basketball

Sean Alex scored 17 points and Jordan Jennings added 15 on five 3-pointers as host Montrose defeated Central 57-31. Trey Schwerdtfeger added 10 points for the Indians.

Central led 17-14 after one quarter and trailed 28-25 at halftime, but Montrose pulled away with a 10-2 third quarter. Railin Manchester and Jorge Bolanos both scored nine points on three 3-pointers each.

Grand Junction 47, Durango 45: Andy Smith converted a three-point play with a minute left to lift the Tigers (3-18, 2-4 SWL) to their second win over the Demons (9-12, 0-6 SWL) this season.

Smith and Blaine Butler both scored 12 points to lead Grand Junction. John Paradiso and Joseph Gruss each added nine points.

“We played hard enough in the second half to win,” Grand Junction coach Isaac Madison said. “Our kids played really hard tonight to get their first home win.”

Palisade 54, Rifle 31: Watts Erb scored 19 points and Jacob Mattingley added 11 as the Bulldogs improved to 10-10 (4-5 Western Slope League).

The Bears, who were limited to 11 points in the first half, fell to 9-11 (2-7 WSL).

“As a team, we played great defense,” Palisade coach Clay Kame said. “Nice senior night!”

West Grand 43, De Beque 42: After having their 40-game win streak snapped, the Dragons (15-2, 8-2 2A/1A WSL) dropped their second straight game, both on the road.

The Dragons were down double digits before a second-half rally. De Beque trailed 30-17 at halftime, but tied the game at 34-34 going into the final quarter.

Wes Ryan led De Beque with 16 points and Logan Wingfield added 12.

Girls basketball

Montrose passed its final test before a crucial home game against Fruita Monument on Tuesday that could decide the Southwestern League.

Led by Allison Nichols’ 12 points and a dominant defensive effort, the Indians defeated Central 38-19. The Indians trailed 5-4 after the first quarter, but they outscored Central 9-0 in the second quarter before pulling away in the second half.

Leah Redding scored 14 of the Warriors’ 19 points.

The Indians improved to 17-4 (5-1 SWL), tied in league play with the Wildcats for the lead. The Warriors fell to 11-10 (1-5 SWL).

Palisade 54, Rifle 37: Addie Steele and Elizabeth Hawkins both scored 12 points and Kendyl Mac- Askill added eight as the Bulldogs cruised at home.

Morgan Guray and Ella Yanowich both had three steals. Steele pulled down eight rebounds and Maggie Latek added four.

The Bulldogs (6-14) are tied for second in the Western Slope League at 5-4. Rifle fell to 7-13 (5-4 WSL).

De Beque 54, West Grand 50: The Dragons (11-5, 6-3 2A/1A WSL) trailed 34-19 at halftime but cut that lead to 43-35 after three quarters before outscoring the Mustangs (7-9, 1-7 WSL) 19-7 in the final 8 minutes.

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