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Eagle-Vail: Lady Huskies get closer to first win

Chris FreudVail, CO Colorado
BMBBB Hervert KA 02-13-09
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EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado A member of the Battle Mountain faithful, who apparently is into politics, held up a sign during the Huskies girls basketball teams game with Delta Friday.Obama says, Yes, we can.The Lady Huskies actually almost did. Battle Mountain (0-21) held a 10-0 lead over the visiting Panthers in the second quarter before Delta rallied for a 41-31 win.After a season of being on the wrong end of a lot of lopsided scores, the Huskies seem to be getting closer to that elusive first win as the season goes into its final week. Friday nights 10-point loss to Delta came on the heels of a 62-50 defeat at Palisade Tuesday.We are almost there. In fact, we should have been there, Battle Mountain coach Andrew Schmid said. Our problem was turnovers. Give all credit to Delta. They had a great press. If we had done the things weve been working on, then I think the outcome would have been much better. We just werent reversing the ball against the press.Delta used the full-court press to claw its way back into the game.We just talked about speeding up the tempo a bit, putting the pressure on on defense and that would turn into offense for us, Delta coach Matt Hamm said.And that started with a a jumper from the Panthers Hannah Roberson with 7:02 left in the second quarter. Two-straight buckets from Monee Slaughter and a big 3 from Ariel Halverson put Delta in the lead at 12-11 with 3:44 left in the half. The Huskies pulled to within one point at 15-14 on a trey by Haille Hogfeldt just before the half, but the Panthers opened the second half with a 12-2 run to move to 4-7 in the 4A Slope and 7-11 overall.While the Huskies clearly suffered from a lack of experience playing with a lead these moments have not come often this season the Huskies crashed the boards well with a season-high 50 rebounds. Amber Webb cleared 14 shots off the glass, while Miriah Jones had 10 rebounds and Haille Hogfeldt had nine. Adriana Morken topped Battle Mountain with 11 points.Its tough, Schmid said. Most of our games have been us being down by a bunch in the first quarter and we find ourselves up 10-0 at one point. Youve got to hand it to Delta. They started making their shots.Third quarter dooms HuskiesFree throws, Huskies coach Phil Tronsrue said simply after the Battle Mountain boys basketball team lost to Delta, 71-58.Based on math, Dr. Phil has a point. Delta was 12-for 14 from the free-throw line, while the Huskies were a not so glittering 5-of-18. Tronsrue would argue that those missed shots were his teams 13 missing points.While one cannot assume that the Huskies could have gone 18-for-18 from the stripe, better free-throw shooting could have drastically changed the complexion of the game.Theres also the third quarter of Friday nights game to consider. The Huskies trailed just 30-28 at the half. Delta blew out of the gate in the third with a 25-8 run, which was one of those things upon which a coach will reflect.We just wanted to play with more energy and focus on not turning the ball over so much, Delta coach Von Mitchell said. I think it was just focusing on defense.Whatever Mitchell said in the locker room at the half, it worked, and the Huskies fell to 3-18 overall and 3-9 in the 4A Slope.Mitch Cooley led the Huskies with 16 points, while Parker Lathrop had 15.The Huskies were without the services of Robert Weiss and Miguel Copas, which hurt. But that did allow Tronsrue to get players like Scott McClure, Rudy Ybarra, Cody Hervert and Poncho Meneses some court time.Some guys, who didnt have a lot of playing time earlier this year, came in and did a good job, Tronsrue said. We were down two guys from our normal rotation. Everybody played hard, got after it and did some good things. Hopefully, we can get more guys in now.Both Battle Mountain teams are at Eagle Valley Tuesday. In the girls game, the Huskies will be looking for that first win, while the Devils are chasing a playoff spot. With both boys teams out of the postseason hunt, this will pretty much be their playoff game. The games start at 6 and 7:30 p.m. in Gypsum.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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