Prep Roundup: Bears can’t catch Wildcats
GRAND JUNCTION — Rifle High School’s boys basketball team fell behind at halftime and wasn’t able to rally against Fruita Monument on Tuesday night, falling to the Wildcats, 52-45, at Brownson Arena in the season opener for both teams.
Rifle senior center Tanner Quick finished with a game-high 23 points, but the Bears (0-1) trailed 22-17 at halftime. Clinton Farr added eight points and Wyatt Robinson and Trenton Brown each added six for Rifle.
Devin Winstanley and Dylan Row each had 10 points to pace the Wildcats (1-0), who made 10-of-15 free throws.
Rifle will continue nonleague play on Saturday when the Bears host Paonia.
Battle Mountain 54, Coal Ridge 48
EDWARDS — Andy Bowles scored a game-high 16 points and Richie Winkler added 15 for Coal Ridge, but Battle Mountain took a 12-point halftime lead and never looked back in the season opener for both teams.
Amadou Murillo scored 13 points and Mirain Olivias added 10 for the Huskies, who took a 38-26 lead at halftime and never looked back.
Alec Herrera added six points for the Titans, who play at Glenwood Springs on Friday.
Coal Ridge 55, Battle Mountain 30
EDWARDS — Paige Ryan scored a game-high 16 points and Amanda Wenzel chipped in 13 for the Coal Ridge High School girls basketball team, which never trailed on its way to a victory over Battle Mountain in the season opener for both teams.
Alicia Hampton added eight points for the Titans (1-0), who held a 32-18 lead at halftime and limited the Huskies (0-1) to just two foul-shot attempts for the night.
“Other than the third quarter, we did a nice job defensively,” Coal Ridge coach Damon Martinez said. “It was a nice way to start. This team has a lot of good chemistry.”
Elizabeth Olivas finished with 16 points and Logan Nash added 10 points to pace the Huskies. Coal Ridge continues nonleague play Friday at Glenwood Springs.
Fruita Monument 37, Rifle 23
GRAND JUNCTION — Chante Church scored 13 points to lead Class 4A Rifle, but Class 5A Fruita Monument pulled away from a 10-10 tie at halftime for the victory over the Bears.
The Wildcats (1-0) outscored the Bears (0-1) 12-5 in the third quarter to take a 22-15 lead headed into the final stanza. Fruita pulled away on foul shots, getting a 7-for-10 performance at the line in the fourth quarter from Kassidy Fair.
Fair finished the game with a game-high 20 points.
Kailee Cordova added five points and Brenda Reyes added three for Rifle.
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