HS GBB: Fruita Monument, Palisade open first round of playoffs Tuesday

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The 2014 state basketball pairings were released over the weekend for 4A and 5A teams.

In 4A, the Palisade Bulldogs are coming off a 3rd place finish in districts, now they enter round one as a 6-seed set to host Niwot in round one.

The Bulldogs have delivered one of their better seasons in recent years, finishing 15-8 overall. While the seniors on the team have made a couple appearances in the playoffs, getting past the first round has been the biggest stumbling block, but this year they have a fresh mindset.

"It's really awesome because I feel like we're going to do really good and go further than years before," said senior Jenna Brown. "Palisade girls basketball hasn't hosted playoff game in a long time so it's really boosting our confidence and everything, it's really cool."

"I'm pretty determined to win," said senior Cruz Maestas. "I just want to get as far as we can because every game could be the last game and I don't want it to end yet."

Palisade hosts Niwot Tuesday at 6:00 PM.

Into the class 5A girls, while the Central Warriors missed a bid, Grand Junction and Fruita Monument will get to continue their season into the playoffs.

The Fruita Monument Wildcats finished 10-13, falling in their final game to Grand Junction, but they're ready for a fresh beginning in the post-season.

They come in as the 12-seed, a bit underestimated, but the Wildcats are ready to put it all out on the floor starting Tuesday night.

"I'm just going in there with confidence," said Vanessa Herrera, a senior. "We did last year, after our bye here, and I don't think we were expected to win that game, and we won that game so if we go in with confidence we have a chance."

"We're excited that we made it," said senior Kassidy Fair. "We're going to see what we can do. I'm real excited, kind of nervous, but seeing that they've played similar teams we can kind of base our strategy if you will off of that and go in with some confidence."

Fruita Monument will be on the road against Castle Rock Tuesday night for round one.

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