Grand Junction girls basketball wins important league game over No. 10 Montrose

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Grand Junction girls basketball won a crucial league matchup against No. 10 Montrose on Tuesday.

The Tigers, now 16-6 overall, beat Montrose 48-37 to remained tied atop the Southwestern League with Fruita Monument. Both teams are 5-2 in league. Montrose is 4-3 in league play.

"We finally played offense with the same intensity as our defense," said Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza. "I couldn't be more proud of our kids."

The teams went back and forth in the first quarter. Mackenzie Yonkers scored all nine Tiger points, and Grand Junction led 9-8 after the first quarter. Grand Junction maintained its lead at halftime, 15-14, and it was 29-24 Tigers after three quarters.

Grand Junction pulled away in the fourth quarter and went on to win 48-37.

Yonkers finished with 22 for the Tigers.

"I'm so proud of my teammates," Yonkers said. "We worked really hard to make this happen."

Kennadie Minerich led Montrose with 14 points.

"Tough game. My team fought hard all the way," Montrose coach Steve Skiff said. "Give Grand Junction credit: they made plays when they needed to. We will learn from this and move on and get ready for another big one on Friday."