Bulldogs sweep Huskies
Vail CO, Colorado
PALISADE – Silence.
That was the mood of Battle Mountain’s boys basketball team as they exited the locker room after Friday’s 74-43 loss to Palisade.
Because after scoring a meager 2 points in the first quarter, the Huskies, who held their ground by playing the host Bulldogs even in the second period where in a position to reduce the 10-point decifit they trailed by at intermission with a strong second half.
That never happened.
Palisade, which missed a number of open shots in the 15-15 second quarter deadlock, appeared to be ripe for the taking.
Instead, Battle Mountain (1-7 overall, 0-1 in the Slope) retreated. Using a series of short, crisp passes, the Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run to go up by 20.
And, the Huskies just didm’t have that kind of offensive fire power to keep up Friday.
After scoring just two field goals in six and a-half minutes, Battle Mountain made the period’s final moments competitive Ashlin Romero and Victor Rios both hit 3-pointers.
The result trimmed the deficit to 46-28.
Then it got ugly. Real ugly.
Palisade returned the favor by hitting 10 of 12 points to open the fourth quarter. Not satisfied with the 54-28 lead the Bulldogs built up with that run, they strung together four-straight field goals plus a free throw for a 33-point advantage with 2:42 left to play.
Three Bulldogs ” Blake Duckworth, Benedict Seebode and Jose Quintana ” scored 13 points. Palisade’s Braedon Bennett had 12.
Battle Mountain’s best offensive effort came from Rios, who finished with nine. Romero and Jeremy Windham each had 8 points.
PALISADE – Yes, the Battle Mountain girls basketball team did have its one shining moment in Friday’s game against Palisade.
The Huskies did hold the host Bulldogs scoreless for 5 minutes and 20 secondsat one juncture. Unfortunately, that occurred in the fourth quarter.
With Battle Mountain trailing by 42 points.
It was that kind of night for the Huskies. Nothing they tried to do, or were nominaly successful with helped in the 71-35 Western Slope League loss which dropped them to 2-7 overall (0-1 Slope).
And Palisade, winners of the their last three games, now 2-0 in the Slope after Friday’s contest came in the attitude not to take Battle Mountain lightly.
“We totally had the mentally that we wanted to go out and beat them whatever it takes,” said Bulldogs guard Sarah Hays.
Palisade meant business. Bernadette Pitre, the Bulldogs 6-foot-1 inch, senior forward took advantage of a 6-inch height advantage over 5-9 Adriana Morken to post a double-double game high 20 points and 10 rebounds on the Huskies sophomore.
Fittingly, Pitre scored the game first basket. On what else? A offensive rebound, naturally.
She accounted for six of the Bulldogs’ 19 first-quarter points and a 19-9 lead.
The closest time Battle Mountain got within Palisade in the game’s third minute when a field goal by Brittany Lopez narrowed a 4-2 Bulldogs lead to two points.
Poor shooting by the Huskies allowed Palisade to widen its margin to 38-14 at halftime, then to the 63-21 bulge the Bulldogs held before going cold in the final stanza.
Battle Mountain followed its 3-for-11 shooting first quarter effort up by hitting on just 1-of-6 field goal attempts (a field goal by Madelyn Lybarger at the 3:52 mark) in the next stanza.
The Huskies scored a mere five points in second quarter, and added just seven points to their total in the following period after intermission.
Finally, with subs from both teams on the floor, mopping up the last eight minutes of playing time, Battle Mountain made its stand After being held to single digits as a team, the Huskies, behind a 9-0 spurt from Miriah Jones, Emily LyBarger and Kyleigh Quintana, outscored Palisade, 12-10.
The LyBarger sisters (Madelyn, 8 points; Emily, 7 points) had 15 of Battle Mountain’s 35 points.
The Huskies return home today to host Delta at 5:30 p.m.