The Fruita Monument High School girls basketball team made a strong first impression Friday night.
The Wildcats outscored host Thomas Jefferson 43-15 in the first half on their way to a 67-31 victory.
The solid first half was fueled by Lila Dere and Bailey Rigsby. Dere scored 17 or her 18 points before halftime and Rigsby had 13 of her 15 points in the first half.
Rigsby and Dere both made three 3-pointers in the win and Callie Allen added 15 points for Fruita (13-1).
Sophomore Jillian Buck matched her season high with eight points — all in the fourth quarter.
Grand Junction 45, Rifle 24: Dolcie Hanlon scored 14 points and Laney Laffler added 11 to lead the Tigers past the Bears.
Delta 35, Cedaredge 26: Keely Porter scored 18 points and Sara Geddes added eight to lead the Panthers in the First National Bank Tournament in Delta.
Grand Junction is in sixth place with 72 points after Friday’s first day of the Ron Granieri Memorial Tournament at Arvada West.
Dawson Collins, ranked No. 1 in Class 5A at 120 pounds by On The Mat, pinned his way into today’s semifinals at 126. Collins faces Roosevelt’s Will Loecke, ranked second at 126 in 4A.
Also into the semifinals for the Tigers are Kieran Thompson, who easily won both of his matches at 132, and Christian Hafey, who pinned his first two opponents and won 6-1 in the quarterfinals at 160. Thompson and Hafey are both ranked third in their weight class.
At the Tournament of Champions in Uintah, Utah, five Western Slope wrestlers advanced to today’s semifinals — Montrose’s Jacob Padilla (113) and Cole Simmons (182), Paonia’s Grey Neal (160), Meeker’s Colby Clatterbaugh (182) and Delta’s Gauge Lockhart (195).