Cold-shooting Battle Mountain falls to Montrose, 61-24, in Eagle-Vail
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Battle Mountain experienced both the highs and lows young teams go through on Monday night against Montrose.
Spurts of cold-shooting and turnovers were too much to overcome against the Indians, as the Huskies fell, 61-24.
“It’s just something we are working on ” playing all four quarters,” Battle Mountain coach Andrew Schmidt said. “With a young team, we are trying to get over that hump.”
Despite the final score, the game was close through much of the first half. Montrose’s Hanna Bowden hit a 3-pointer to push the Indians ahead 11-1, but Battle Mountain fought back. Rachel Edwards scored the Huskies’ first field goal with 1:30 left in the first quarter, cutting the deficit to 12-4.
Hallie Hogfeldt and Adriana Morken followed Edwards’ basket with one of their own to make the score 12-8, and give Battle Mountain a 7-0 run at the end of the period. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the hot-streak didn’t last long.
Montrose went to a full-court press early in the second quarter, putting added pressure on the Battle Mountain (0-8) offense. The strategy worked as the Huskies notched only two free throws and zero field goals in the quarter.
“It’s hard to put your finger on it sometimes with this team,” Schmidt said. “They played great (in the first quarter), then they came out flat.”
While Battle Mountain struggled, Montrose did enough to pull away for a 28-10 halftime lead. Rachel Hansen found Cortney Geesing under the hoop for an easy layup and a 22-8 advantage. On the next possession, Katie Abel snared an offensive rebound and make the putback for a 24-8 lead.
Montrose stays hot
The Indians continued to stretch their lead after the break. Abel drilled a 3-pointer on their first possession for a 31-10 edge. She finished the game with 12 points.
Mariah Jones scored the Huskies first basket of the half with 2:24 remaining in the third quarter. Morken added another hoop on the next trip down the floor, but it was too late with Montrose holding a 43-15 lead.
A tired Battle Mountain team did their best to stay in the game in the fourth quarter, but the Indians were able to beat them down the floor for a number of layups.
“We never really quit, but at the same time, the effort wasn’t there on the offensive end,” Schmidt said. “We weren’t getting back on defense. Our transition defense was killing us in the fourth quarter and in the third quarter.”
It didn’t help that the Huskies were only able to hold two practices before Monday’s game. By rule, the team wasn’t able to practice during the winter break.
“It’s tough because I could notice we were a little slower with conditioning,” Schmidt said. “It hurts our progress because some girls forget the plays.”
Kenia Olivas led the Huskies with seven points in the game. Morken added six.
Battle Mountain is back in action tonight when it travels to Rangeview.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.