Prep notebook: Downey drops 42 to lead Vail Christian to season-opening win |

Prep notebook: Downey drops 42 to lead Vail Christian to season-opening win

VMS and Battle Mountain fall in weekend tournaments as winter sports get into full swing

Vail Christian got it's 2022-23 boys and girls basketball season off to a good start last week and weekend. Both teams are 2-0.
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Basketball notes

Vail Christian’s boys and girls basketball teams got off to excellent starts to the 2022-2023 season last week and weekend. The boys defeated Lake County 76-58 in Friday’s home opener and routed Clear Creek 59-56 Saturday afternoon to begin 2-0. The Lady Saints took down Clear Creek 48-17 in their opener on Dec. 1 and beat Lake County 42-23 last Saturday to also begin their season with a 2-0 mark.

Daisy Palacio led the team in points on both nights, dropping 18 in the opener and 17 against the Panthers. Noelle Razee scored 10 points against Lake County and Charlotte Halk added eight.

On Friday against the Panthers, Quinn Downey dropped 42 points — three shy of Sebastian Moritz’s school record of 45 — to guide the Saints.

“He had a special night,” head coach Sheldon Kuhns said of Downey, who drained five 3-pointers but was scoring from everywhere. “He went off.” Will Neumann added 15 points for the Saints, who pulled away from the Panthers late after a back-and-forth fight.

“They kept making runs at us, but our team showed its resiliency. Every time Lake County made a run, we pulled back into the lead,” Kuhns said. The Panthers went on to knock off VMS 58-55 on Saturday, dropping the Gore Rangers to 0-2.

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Clear Creek led 33-28 at halftime, the Saints outscored the Golddiggers 20-11 in the third and held on in the fourth. Downey led the way again with 25 points; Theo Moritz had 16 and Neumann added 9.

The second-half defensive play of Saints big man Philip Shchetinin guarding Joe Monseu was key. “He really played him well in the second half, which was huge,” Kuhns noted. Collin Hendrickson led the Golddiggers with 25,

With the Saints leading by three and 16-seconds remaining, Neumann stole the ball from Monseu to seal the game.

“It was a really good game,” Kuhns summarized.

Vail Christian’s boys are in Cedaredge (2-1) on Saturday while the girls play at Gilpin County on Saturday.

The Battle Mountain boys basketball garnered a win over the weekend, defeating Regis Groff 66-33. The Huskies fell to Denver North 63-29 in the first game of the neutral non-league tournament. On Monday, they fell to Praire View 63-49. The Huskies have their home opener on Dec. 17 against Summit.

The Lady Huskies lost to Denver North 56-23 and fell to Regis Groff 20-19, but will be looking for their first win against Lakewood late Wednesday night.

Wrestling notes

Eagle Valley traveled to Broomfield last Friday for a season-opening meet. Coach Melvin Valdez said three weight-classes were missing from the full lineup, but the Devils managed to go 3-2 across five separate duals, defeating athletes from Broomfield, Gilpin County and Lutheran.

“It was a great first competition of the season and we are heading in good direction,” he stated.

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