Fossil Ridge girls take out Mullen, improve to 5-0

Fossil Ridge girls take out Mullen, improve to 5-0


Fossil Ridge girls take out Mullen, improve to 5-0


Koree Willer got the Fossil Ridge High School girls basketball team going Thursday night with a number of steals that were turned into easy baskets at the other end of the floor, and the SaberCats rolled to a 51-31 win over visiting Mullen.

Willer scored 13 points and Haley Murphy had 11 as Fossil Ridge improved to 5-0 setting up a potential matchup of unbeatens on Saturday night, when the SaberCats visit Chaparral, ranked No. 7 among Class 5A schools in the state by the Denver Post. Fossil Ridge is receiving votes in the poll this week but is not ranked.

Willer had most of her seven steals in the first quarter, as the SaberCats raced out to a 14-3 lead. Fossil Ridge led 25-10 at halftime and 36-18 after three quarters.

“We came out defensively pretty strong,” Fossil Ridge coach Chad Salz said. “Koree really set the tone for us. Defensively, she’s kind of the heart of our team; we kind of feed off her. We got a lot of easy buckets in that first quarter. It’s nice when you jump out like that.”

Savannah Smith added nine points and Maggie Hayes seven for the SaberCats.

Jessica Sienkiewicz led Mullen (1-3) with 10 points. Mullen scored 16 of its 31 points at the free-throw line.

WINDSOR 56, GRAND JUNCTION CENTRAL 32 — Brooke Pemberton scored 16 points and Maggie Griggs had 12 to lead Windsor (6-2) past Grand Junction Central in the first round of the Poudre Invitational.

Korbyn Ukasick added 10 points for Windsor, which will face host Poudre in a semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday.

Windsor led 28-10 at halftime and never was threatened.

“The first half was another good defensive half for us,” Windsor coach Gary Perko said.

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 53, COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 16 — Carissa Lewis scored 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Heritage Christian (4-1) over visiting Community Christian.

Anika Wallace pulled down 17 rebounds for the Eagles, to go along with her seven points. Mariah Green had 16 points and eight steals, and Micaela Bush had 11 points and eight steals.

Heritage Christian led 26-9 at halftime and 43-12 after three quarters.

LIBERTY COMMON 34, CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN 15 — Hannah Ellis scored 11 points and Liberty Common (3-2) held visiting Cornerstone Christian scoreless in the second half.

Christiana Spicer added nine points for Liberty Common, which led 25-15 at halftime.

Liberty Common played its third consecutive game without its top two scorers. Molly Gillis broke her arm in the second game of the season, and Kayla Rhodes suffered a concussion in that game. Rhodes could be back in a few days, while Gillis is out until at least January, coach Jessie Morrill said.


HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 58, COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 36 — Ryan Hurley scored 17 points and Joel Barreras had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Heritage Christian (5-0) in a win over visiting Community Christian.

Garret Niichel added 10 points for Heritage Christian, ranked No. 10 in the state among Class 2A schools this week by The Denver Post.

Heritage Christian led 30-11 at halftime.

LIBERTY COMMON 52, CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN 41 — Arjun Gill scored 23 points to lead Liberty Common over visiting Cornerstone Christian in its first win as a Colorado High School Activities Association member.

Stephen Allmendinger scored 15 points and Brad Knab 12 for Liberty Common (1-3), which outscored Cornerstone 34-19 over the second and third quarters to take control of a game it had trailed 9-8 after one quarter.

Liberty Common played as a provisional CHSAA member last year and is a full-fledged member this year.


POUDRE 169, HORIZON 128 — Samantha Rosenberry led a Poudre sweep of the top six places in the 200-yard freestyle and also won the 100 butterfly to lead the Impalas to a dual-meet win over host Horizon.

Poudre’s Alana Eisemann and Marissa Bradley also won two individual events apiece and swam on two winning relay teams apiece. Eisemann won the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle, while Bradley won the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Poudre’s Digby Kalert won the 100 freestyle, and Poudre teams won all three relay races.


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