Battle Mountain boys fall to Demons in overtime
PALISADE —Glenwood Springs’ Cameron Horning is graduating this spring.
Unfortunately, the Demons senior hung around long enough to sink Battle Mountain boys basketball, 43-38, in overtime on Thursday, eliminating the Huskies from the district tournament in Palisade and state-tournament contention.
“That’s good,” Huskies coach Phil Tronsrue said of Horning’s departure. “I’m happy.”
Horning is perfectly wonderful student athlete. It’s nothing personal. It’s that the kid dropped 25 points on the Huskies, including six in the overtime frame.
One of the many things that burns is this game didn’t go to form for the Huskies, who finish the season at 11-11. When Battle Mountain has fallen behind this season, that’s generally been that.
On Thursday, Horning scored the first seven points of the game and Glenwood led 25-14 at the half, but the Huskies stormed back. Battle Mountain used its size advantage and took it to the Demons in the second half.
“That was what we talked about at halftime,” Tronsrue said. “Pounding it in and making them stop us. We scored or got to the free-throw line.”
Battle Mountain outscored Glenwood, 17-6 in the third quarter as Devin Huffman, Jack Skidmore and Demetrius Parrish all had buckets. Creek Kamby finished off the period with a reverse layup and a free throw.
The Huskies pulled to within two on a Parrish basket at 31-29. Glenwood scored the next four points — big surprise, Horning had them — and appeared to be pulling away.
Battle Mountain’s defense stiffened and gave the offense a chance. Skidmore and Chase Keep were both as cool as the other side of the pillow, sinking four freebies combined. With 39 seconds left, Skidmore drove to the hole and twinkled the twine for two to tie it at 35.
Overtime started well with a Devin Huffman put-back, and, shockingly, Horning answered. With 1:19 left, Huffman sank a free throw for a 38-37 lead.
Glenwood’s A.J. Crowley went to the line with 1:05 left and sank both shots for the lead. Horning scored his team’s final four points and the Demons lived to play another day.
The tough loss does not take away from the improvement the Huskies made this season — they were 6-14 last winter.
“As I told the guys, the seniors, this year’s team laid the foundation,” Tronsrue said. “There are only bigger and better things to come.”
Rifle defeats Eagle Valley girls
PALISADE — If you had said to Eagle Valley girls basketball coach that his Devils had held Rifle to 41 points in Thursday’s first-round district playoff game, then he probably would have taken it.
However, the Devils had an offensive power outage in a 41-19 loss to the Bears at Palisade in what may or may not be the season finale for Eagle Valley.
Eagle Valley was already behind the 8-ball with Ashley Floyd not at full strength after spraining her ankle last weekend. She valiantly gave it a go, but wasn’t herself.
Toss in that junior Kylie Martin picked up three fouls in the first quarter and never got in a groove, and the Devils struggled.
Eagle Valley (12-8) will hold out hope that one of the state’s five at-large berths to the state tournament might have its name on one of them. CHSAA issues the bracket on Sunday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.
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