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Girls Huskies host Panthers; Boys at Delta

Chris Freud

The record may not show it, but the Battle Mountain girls basketball team is playing its best basketball at the end of the regular season.

“I told the girls that we would be playing our best basketball at tournament time and that no one would want to play us in the tournament,” Huskies girls coach David Hite said.

Well, that theory will be put to the test tonight at 5 when Delta comes to town for a pigtail game. The winner advances to districts this weekend, when anything can happen.

The Huskies finished the regular season with two, tight loses. At Steamboat Springs, Battle Mountain basketball’s personal house of horrors, the Huskies came close to pulling the upset, losing just, 52-48. Alexis Guinn led Battle Mountain with 14 points, while Lauren Prewitt had 10.

The Huskies finished the season with a 51-34 loss at home to Moffat County last weekend.

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“We were down by two points in the last two minutes,” Hite said. “We tried to press on defense with man-to-man. They just went on a layup tear. We couldn’t play defense at the end.”

Guinn again led the Huskies with nine points, while, Sara LyBarger put in five.

“I think we have been competitive in our last four games,” Hite said. “We beat Delta. We were competitive with Palisade. We stuck with Steamboat for 30 minutes and we were close with Moffat. I’ve talked with the girls about the difference between wanting to win and finding something inside of you which makes you finish a game. We’ve been working on that in practice.”

Boys at Delta

Stop us if you’ve heard this before.

It’s Pigtail Tuesday and the girls team is at home against Delta, while the boys are playing the Panthers on the road.

Well, it happened last year and it turned out just fine both Huskies’ teams. Just after the Huskies girls beat Delta in Eagle-Vail, the cell phones started ringing with the good news that the Huskies boys had also won.

The Battle Mountain boys are hoping that history repeats itself. While the girls are home, the boys are at Delta at 6 p.m., looking for a spot in districts.

“I think one of the things we know is that we can play in their gym,” Huskies boys coach Philip Tronsrue said. “We held them to 16 points in the first half the last time we played them. If we play two strong halves, we can get the win and go to districts.”

The Huskies are coming off a season-ending 55-43 loss to Moffat County. Clint Wilson led Battle Mountain with 12 points, while Derek Rush had eight.

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