Bulldogs sweep Huskies
EDWARDS — Palisade boys basketball head coach Jeremiah Baskins yelled, “Settle down,” early in the second half of Friday night’s game against Battle Mountain, and that seemed to do the trick.
The Bulldogs came away with a 62-47 victory over the Huskies behind a 12-1 run in the third quarter.
Palisade led, 29-21, after a sloppy half by both teams — lots of turnovers and fouls. And neither team seemed to be able to convert those fouls. Battle Mountain was 8-for-17 from the line during the first 16 minutes, while Palisade was 7-for-18.
The Huskies also had a bit of trouble with Creek Kamby, Chase Keep and Cruz Villalobos all carrying three fouls into the second half.
And all three of those Huskies got their fourth fouls in the third, but Battle Mountain started to climb back. Fabian Chavira knocked down a 3 and had a 3-point play, followed by a lay-in from his brother Adrian.
Battle Mountain got within 37-31 with 3:47 left in the third quarter, and the Huskies got the defensive stops that might have narrowed that further. But the Huskies squandered the chance and the Bulldogs pounced.
Palisade’s John Goff knocked down two free throws, while teammate Marques Combs jarred a 3. And then came senior guard Brad Baker with three streaking layups and the Bulldogs had a seemingly comfortable 49-35 lead with eight minutes to go.
Baker ended up leading Palisade (5-7 overall, 2-2 in the Slope) with 19 points. Cruz Villalobos paced the Huskies (4-7, 2-3) with 15.
Bulldogs girls roll
Palisade always wears its traditional maroon and silver, but perhaps the school should consider a little brown.
Bulldogs sisters Case, Ashlyn and Christa Brown combined for 37 points in a Palisade girls basketball win over Battle Mountain by a count of 66-49 on Friday night in Edwards.
Palisade (8-2, 4-0) raced out to an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes and was up by 22 points at the half. Christa Brown led the Bulldogs with 20 points, while Ashlyn had 10 and Casey seven. Aspen Guray and Lexi Hall, who, for some reason, are not members of the Brown family, scored 13 points each.
To its credit, Battle Mountain (4-6, 1-4) kept fighting and closed the lead to 50-35 in the second half. Jessica Sullivan topped the Huskies with 12 points.
Palisade heads over the pass for a pair of games against Summit County today, while Battle Mountain’s squads are up in Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.
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