With two wins over elite teams in Utah already under its belt, the Fruita Monument High school girls basketball team notched another massive victory Saturday.
Lila Dere scored 18 points, Kylie Wells added 13 and Callie Allen had 12 as the Wildcats edged previously undefeated Vista PEAK 50-49 on the road.
The Wildcats improved to 12-1 with the win over Vista PEAK (8-1), which entered the day No. 4 in Class 5A Ratings Percentage Index. After the result, the Wildcats moved up to No. 5, two spots ahead of the Bison.
Roosevelt 68, Central 67, OT: Nikki Madaris made four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points, but the Warriors (6-3) fell to the hosts of the Roosevelt Tournament in Johnstown.
Central had to play overtime without Mya Murdock, who fouled out before the end of regulation.
“It was just a hard game to lose with the heart and effort we had,” said Central coach Mary Doane.
Marcus LaBonde scored 29 points to lead the way as Fruita Monument defeated Thoreau, New Mexico, 77-49 in the Aztec Tournament in New Mexico.
The Wildcats improved to 8-4.
LaBonde scored 20 of his points in the first half. Dillon Keithley added 13 points and Ian Barnes 10 as Fruita raced to a 22-7 lead after one quarter and was never threatened.
Battle Mountain 42, Central 39: The Warriors (2-8) led by 11 points heading into the fourth quarter but were outscored 17-4 in the final quarter to fall at home.
Jayden Maes led Central with 12 points.
Fruita Monument finished third out of 12 schools, most of them on the Front Range, in the 12th annual Colfax Smackdown in Denver. The Wildcats finished with 73 points, three behind Cherry Creek and Greeley Central, which finished first and second, respectively.
Jeremiah Williams, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A at 152 pounds, won his weight class by pinning Greeley Central’s Zander Alirez in 3 minutes, 55 seconds.
Jacob Kiefer (No. 9 at 138) and Espin Hernandez (195) lost in their respective finals.
Tucker Bunniger (160) and Mason Hoisington (220) both placed third.