Foul trouble hurts Vail Christian in loss to Soroco |

Foul trouble hurts Vail Christian in loss to Soroco

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Christen boys basketball players, from left, Larry Cavanaugh, Chris Schmidt and Kieran Hurtt follow Soroco High School's Ryan Tibbetts down the court during the second half of Saturday's game at Soroco. Soroco won 62-42.

OAK CREEK, Colorado ” The Vail Christian boys basketball team played right with Soroco through 12 minutes Saturday, but a Rams hot streak was to much too overcome for the Saints.

An eight-minute spurt by Soroco between the second and third quarters doomed Vail Christian (8-10). The Saints fell by the final score of 62-42.

Vail Christian’s Chris Schmidt and Larry Cavanaugh both ran into foul trouble early in the second quarter. The timing couldn’t have been worse as Soroco caught fire from the outside. The Saints were outscored 19-2 after trailing only 25-23.

“We kind of lost our composure a little bit, I think,” Vail Christian coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “They really shot the ball well at their home gym.”

The Saints regrouped in the fourth, but by then it was too late. Schmidt led Vail Christian with 16 points and eight rebounds. A.J. Burgess added 11 points, and Cavanaugh had seven.

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The loss is the Saints’ sixth in the last seven games heading into postseason play this Saturday. Vail Christian is slotted as the No. 6 seed in the districts, and Kuhns thinks it is likely to meet Hayden in the first round, but that won’t become official until later today. The Saints lost in overtime to Hayden earlier this season.

“You definitely want to go into the postseason on a winning streak as opposed to a losing streak,” Kuhns said. “We start out on Tuesday and everybody is 0-0 again. We’ve competed with most of the teams in our league. We feel like we can beat anybody on any given night.

“It’s like our first game of the season again. That’s how we have to approach it.”

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