Bears sweep Huskies
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” It was either a really good night of basketball or a bad one Saturday at Battle Mountain, depending on one’s allegiances.
For visiting Rifle, it was a good evening’s work, as the boys won, 81-54, while their female counterparts raced to 58-23 victory. Coming on the heels of home wins against Eagle Valley, both Bears teams went 2-0 this weekend. For Battle Mountain, it was a disheartening outing after both Huskies teams were routed Friday night at Glenwood Springs.
Third quarter key for boys
In the evening’s opener ” the boys played first in a twist of the schedule ” Rifle led just 33-23 at the half.
Battle Mountain’s Ashlin Romero was a thorn in the Bears side with 21 points, including 10 of those in the first quarter alone. But Rifle blew it open in the third quarter with a 21-9 run.
“We did press a little bit third quarter and I think that helped us and made it a little more difficult for them to get comfortable in their offense,” Bears coach Chris Lowther said.
Rifle’s Drew Blatchford scored the first three points of the period, followed by a layup from Keenan Ross.
Up 38-23, Tyler Rust, who led the Bears with 19 points, hit a 3. Scott Rust (15 points) chipped in with an easy lay-in and the Bears were starting to roll towards a 4-1 4A Slope record.
For Battle Mountain (1-4 in the Slope and 3-10 overall), this turn of events was eerily reminiscent of Friday’s game at Glenwood. The Huskies started the game against the Demons with an 11-2 run, and were down 27-13 at the half.
“We have moments, but the moments are not 32 minutes of moments,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “This is what is going to happen. I don’t know what it’s going to take for us to play a full ball game. We’re working. We’re pushing the guys. We’re trying to get them to play with emotion, but eight or 12 minutes per ball game doesn’t hack it.”
Lady Bears run and hide
The nightcap was over just as it began. Rifle (3-2 in the 4A Slope) led 14-3 after the first quarter and 38-7 at the half on the way to an easy 58-23 win.
“When the girls come out with intensity like that, I like to see that,” Bears coach Brad Skinner said. “They came out pretty well focused, took it to the hole real well, moved the ball real well, so I was happy with that.”
On a night when Skinner was able to get a long look at his bench, Cortney Cordova and Megan McWilliams had 11 points each while Sandy Samson had nine. Battle Mountain’s Emily LyBarger led all scorers with 17.
“We’re definitely trying to put it behind us. We’ve got a big game Tuesday,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “I’m just looking for us to come out and get it going in the game. I just told them that they need to come out and be ready to play, make a couple of plays.”
Battle Mountain hosts Eagle Valley Tuesday, while the Bears have Palisade Friday.
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