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“For Christmas, I just want everyone to be healthy,” he said. “I want all the girls to workout and come back and get ready for conference.”

The Huskies have three weeks to get ready for Slope play after an 81-53 loss to Aspen Tuesday night.

Spirits remain high for the Huskies, though. Promising sign No. 1 was Erin Drumm, who poured in 21 points. With center Kati Russell expected back from her broken wrist in January, the Huskies could feature a potent 1-2 punch underneath the glass.

And balance could be on the way with the emergence of point guard Sara LyBarger, who had 12 points, as well as four steals and three assists against the Skiers.

“What was big is we talked about Sara getting her shots and she actually had 12 points,” Hite said. “She knocked down two 3-pointers in a row. She was huge for us. We’ve been talking to her about making this more than a one-dimensional team.”

Balanced scoring was the order of the day with Katie Hite contributing eight points, while both Kimberly White and Jenna Tjossem had seven each.

The Huskies trailed just 30-28 right before intermission. From there, it was the hot shooting of Tanya Helmus and Tara Walker from behind the arc that did the Huskies in.

Under Colorado High School Activities Association rules, there will be no official workouts for the team until after New Year’s. But the players plan to hold some optional workouts at the Vail Cascade Club.

Battle Mountain hosts Summit County Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.

“Even though we got pretty much blown out, I like the way they’re playing basketball,” David Hite said. “I think they’re playing much better. We’re playing great team basketball. Again, we’ve got to learn how to put a team away. We’ve got to learn to keep our intensity high. “

Boys basketball hosts Montrose

The Battle Mountain boys team will try to make it two in a row when it hosts Montrose tonight at 7.

The Huskies (1-2) are coming off a big win against West Grand last week and will be trying to reach the .500 mark against the Indians.

Montrose enters with a 2-2 mark. Results of note include a 65-54 loss to Moffat County and a 69-65 win over Delta.

Alpine opens at Breck

The Battle Mountain, Eagle Valley and Vail Mountain alpine teams open the season today with a giant slalom.

The race is on Sundown in Breck and the first run is set for 9:30 a.m. The estimated start time for the second run is 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, the results from last weekend’s Nordic freestyle at Steamboat Springs are still up in the air, due to some confusion on times in the girls’ race. When the results become official, check out the Vail Daily for race coverage.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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