IDAHO SPRINGS — In the future, there will be no dribbling or shooting or anything in practice. Battle Mountain girls basketball will just watch film.
After a lopsided loss to Palisade on Wednesday, the Huskies watched tape or DVD or analyzed a re-creation of that game through interpretive dance, and then turned around and beat Middle Park, 35-32, on Friday night at Clear Creek High School.
“It was very encouraging,” Huskies coach Vinny Cisneros said. “We spent all of Thursday in the film room and saw a lot of things to work on. Those things were patience, execution and rebounding. We were a different team tonight.”
Elizabeth Olivas had 11 points, while Logan Nash and Taylor Davidson contributed eight each for the Huskies (3-2).
The Battle Mountain boys basketball team did some bouncing back of its own on Friday night. The gents knocked off Middle Park, 48-41.
The Huskies (4-1) played some serious defense, and all was well after a loss to Palisade on Wednesday.
“The guys really stepped up tonight in the defensive end. We shut them down in the second half,” Huskies coach Tommy Padilla said. “We had 17 steals as a team. We pulled the game off with a defensive effort.”
Mizriam Olivas had a huge game with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals. Jerry Carrazco just missed the double-double with nine points and 10 boards. Owen Reiley returned to the lineup with eight points.
Both sets of Huskies are back in action today against Clear Creek with games in Idaho Springs at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
Vail Christian wins
The Saints took their show on the road and it played well.
After hosting its season-opening tournament in Edwards, Vail Christian took a pair at North Park. The boys won, 50-44, while the ladies came away with a 32-28 victory.
“We’re starting to get some flow,” boys coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “We’re still a work in progress. I would say we didn’t play the cleanest game we could have played. We didn’t shoot well, but the guys are playing hard and working well together,”
A tough shooting night seemed to be a theme for the Saints.
“It’s nice to get a win,” Vail Christian girls coach Doug Bruce said. “We played well. We just didn’t shoot well. We did a lot of things really well. We ran plays and pressed well. We just couldn’t score. It was unbelievable.”
The Saints (both are 2-1) host Jim Elliot today at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
Eagle Valley boys basketball cropped a 51-42 decision against Aspen to begin its annual stop at the preseason tournament in Glenwood Springs. Both of Eagle Valley’s squads are in action today in the Springs with Faith Christian and Glenwood.
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