TIP-OFF TOURNEY: Cutler leads Prospectors to win over Charlo in season opener
RONAN – It was a tough day for Granite County teams at the Tip-Off Tournament in Ronan Friday, with only the Prospectors boys claiming a win on opening night.
Granite 66, Charlo 42
The Prospectors forced 15 first-half turnovers that allowed them to open 22-point leader after two periods on their way to an opening night win over Charlo in the Tip-Off Tournament.
“We were able to jump on them early,” Granite Head Coach Dustin Keltner. “I thought we played a pretty complete game for the opening game. We shared the ball well and had a lot of different guys score and contribute in other ways. We rebounded well and finished around the rim for the most part.
“There are some things we need to clean up, but it's a good start for our guys.”
The Prospectors will face Hot Springs tomorrow in a game at 3:30 p.m.
GRANITE – 18/23/14/11 – 66
CHARLO – 9/10/6/18 – 42
Granite – Cutler 19, PMetesh 7, Ward 10, Brabender 9, AMetesh 2, Parret 14, O’Donnell 4
Charlo – Marquez 8, Dumont 2, Piedalie 11, Edwards 10, Gaosrud
Charlo 32, Granite 28
A scoreless first quarter proved to be their undoing for the Lady Prospectors Friday night in their loss to Charlo.
Trailing 11-0 entering the second period, Granite played the Lady Vikings even or bested them the rest of the way.
Rachel Ward was the leading scorers for the locals with nine points.
The Lady Prospectors will take on Hot Springs Saturday at 5 p.m.
GRANITE – 0/8/10/7 – 28
CHARLO – 11/7/7/7 - 32
Granite – Hill 2, O’Donnell 2, Struna 6, Ward 9, Pitcher 4, Comings 5
Charlo – Smith 5, LSmith 6, Manuel 7, Howk 2, CoFryberger 2, CaFryberger 6, (unknown) 2
Ronan JV 58, Drummond 32
The Trojans played the Ronan JV even in the first half, but could only watch as the JV Chiefs pulled away by outscoring the locals 42-16 in the second half.
Post players Wyatt Rigby and Alec Hauptman led Drummond with eight points each.
"We are just a long ways from ready," said Trojan Head Coach Levi Parsons. "We are young and it showed with the pressure. Good news is we will get better every week."
The Trojans will play St. Regis Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
DRUMMOND – 10/6/4/12 – 32
RONAN JV – 9/7/19/23 – 58
Drummond – Bolotsky 1, Parke 5, Anderson 6, Parsons 4, Rigby 8, Hauptman 8
Ronan JV –Tonasket 9, POT 14, Couture 10, Davis 1, Rodda 5, Gatch 3, Cates 14, Coffman 2
Ronan JV 36, Drummond Girls 34
The Ronan JV managed a pair of strong quarters in the middle of the game and then held off a Lady Trojan comeback to secure the win. Freshman Holly Hauptman led Drummond in scoring with 11, seven of which came in the fourth-period surge.
"We started off a little slow today trying to get the first game jitters out of the way," said Lady Trojan head Coach Nate Bignell, "but I like the way the girls fought back and put us in a position to win."
Junior Sydney Phillips scored 10 for the Lady Trojans while Hannah Bradshaw chipped in six.
Drummond will take on St. Regis Saturday at 2 p.m.
DRUMMOND – 6/8/9/11 – 34
RONAN JV – 5/12/14/5 – 36
Drummond – Hilmo 1, Phillips 10, Parke 2, Struna 4, Bradshaw 6, Hauptman 11
Ronan JV – MCordova 2, Davis 6, LCordova 9, Welker 2, Ulutoa 5, Coffman 9, Webster 3