HS HOOPS: Palisade scores big to open league play

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The opening night of league play fared extremely well for the Palisade boys and girls basketball teams.

The girls started the night on the rocky side of things against the visiting Eagle Valley Devils, and found themselves at an 11-point deficit going into halftime.

In the 3rd quarter, Coach Toni Gunther urged the Bulldogs to focus on defense and then work into a rhythm. That they did. Palisade only trailed by one as the 4th quarter started. They would both of Sierra Detwiler's free-throws in the final minute of play to seal a 53-51 victory.

The boys used the energy from the girls game to fuel an early start in their match-up against the Devils. The Palisade boys entered Friday night undefeated at home and junior Luke McLean gave his best effort to keep that train rolling. McLean drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key as time expired in the 1st quarter to secure a 4-point lead.

From there on, the Bulldogs never gave in and finished with a 10-point advantage over the visiting Devils. 69-59 was the final.

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