The Fruita Monument boys basketball team opened league play with a win over rival Central Tuesday night.
The Wildcats topped the Warriors by more than 30 points, and did so without all-conference big man, Trey Morrill.
While Morrill is out with an injury he suffered over the holiday break, Fruita will miss more than just his post game. The 6'6 senior led the team in every statistical category before his injury, but as Morrill went down, Daren Davison returned to the Wildcats' lineup. The senior was out with an injury, but is averaging 10 points per game since his return. Blake Anderson and Ian Barnes are also averaging double digits. Head Coach Ryan Hayden said he's happy with the way his team has stepped up in Morrill's loss.
"Trey does so many things for us," said Hayden. "It's not just one category we've got to focus on. It's points, rebounds, assists, steals... We run about seven or eight guys deep and everybody in that whole group has stepped up and done a lot of things to replace him.
"Obviously losing 15 points per game is a lot," said Anderson. "He was probably our leading rebounder too, so guys have to step up and get a few more boards a game. It's definitely a whole team effort."
"Big guys have to step up. Ian [Barnes] and Caden [Olsen] have done an amazing job," said Davison. "We saw last night against Caleb from Central. We locked him up. We've been doubling down in the post and it's just been a whole team effort."
The Wildcats stay on the road for their next three games. They face Steamboat Springs on January 13 and won't be home until January 20 to play Durango in a league contest.