Boys and Girls Huskies Drop a Pair to Steamboat
The two teams matched up well in a lightning-quick first quarter that saw the Huskies take a 14-13 advantage. Blake Gammons with 14 points on the game and Eddie Irgens with 13 paced Battle Mountain’s early surge with a barrage of 3-pointers and gravity-defying drives to the basket.
The score remained close throughout the second quarter as the Sailors’ Cameron Burney hit from inside and out and the Huskies’ Julio Hermosillo did his best impersonation of a blind man repeatedly hitting Beau Beckley under the basket with no-look passes.
Going in to halftime the Huskies trailed just 24-22.
Then came the third quarter, the turning point in the game, according to Battle Mountain head coach Philip Tronsrue.
“I thought that the most critical part of the game was when No. 33, John Daschle, started hitting some threes,” remarked Tronsrue. “Those are the times when I tell our guys we’ve got to answer the bell, and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Those 3-pointers erased what had been a five-point Battle Mountain lead midway through the third quarter.
With Steamboat looking to pull away, the Battle Mountain round-ballers made perhaps their most momentous play of the game. Gammon drove hard to the hoop drawing a big crowd, only to dish to Beckley who threw down a monster two-hand slam that brought virtually every Huskies’ fan to their collective feet in an uproar.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Sailors, however, whose shots from long-range and from the charity stripe continued to fall. The Huskies simply couldn’t keep pace, a problem coach Tronsrue attributed primarily to his team’s struggles from the free-throw line.
“We’ve got to make free throws,” said Tronsrue. “We were 9-for-25 at the line tonight and that killed us. Had we hit a few more of those we would have been down two or three at the end instead of eight or ten.”
The Huskies’ crowd remained in it until the bitter end as Battle Mountain tried to foul its way back into the game. But Steamboat continued its solid performance from the line to hold on for the victory.
A silver lining in all of this? Without a doubt, said Tronsrue.
“Our intensity has been really good all week, both in Summit County Tuesday and tonight,” said the coach. “The kids have been executing and doing the things we have been teaching them, and I truly believe we are going to step it up tomorrow against Moffat County.”
For all those interested, tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.
Huskies girls go down fighting
Had the whole game gone like the first quarter, the Lady Huskies might have notched their first win of the season Friday night against Steamboat Springs.
Unfortunately, the 13-13 tie at the end of the first quarter was all but eradicated by a dominating second quarter from the senior-rich Lady Sailors’ squad.
The girls kept playing hard, following team leaders Sara LyBarger and Erin Drumm, the team lived up to coach Dave Hite’s motto for them: Never say die.
“We talked in the locker room about not giving up and playing all four quarters,” said an enthusiastic Hite. “Now we know we can play with a team like this. We kept fighting and didn’t hang our heads after we got down by a bunch.”
Drumm and Kim White paced the Lady Huskies’ scoring with 10 and nine points, respectively. But when asked for a player of the game, Hite singled out LyBarger, the team’s point guard, for the night’s honors.
“Our point guard Sara Lybarger is our Energizer bunny,” commented Hite. “She’s all over the court and real aggressive on defense. It’s hard to pick any one girl out because they all played hard tonight, but overall I’d have to pick Sara.”
The Battle Mountain girls have another tough one today, also against Moffat County, with tip-off slated for 6:00 p.m.