Guinn, Reigel make all-league

Chris Freud

EAGLE-VAIL – There’s a Gumby on the 4A Western Slope Girls Basketball All-League Team.Battle Mountain’s Alexis Guinn, aka Gumby for her defensive prowess, and Meagan Reigel got tabbed by the coaches of the Slope for all-league honors. These honors cap a year which represented a solid step forward for Huskies girls basketball. Battle Mountain had its best season since 1999 with an 8-14 record and its first berth in the 4A state tournament.This duo was certainly a big part of building the foundation. Guinn was the team’s floor general at the point, running the offense and leading the defense. Her perimeter game was also an excellent complement to twin towers, Reigel and Lauren Prewitt.”I thought she did a really great job with leadership, of being a senior, three years on the varsity basketball team,” Huskies coach David Hite said. “I think she was one of the reasons we had such success this season. Obviously, her outside shot was key and her defense was huge for us.”Reigel was tough, physical presence inside, getting the tough buckets and swiping the glass. Perhaps her finest moment came against Palisade in February when the Huskies stormed back from a 15-point hole behind Reigel who was playing with four fouls.”She was a four-year varsity player,” Hite said. “There were a couple of games where she took it upon herself to will the team to win, going in with four fouls and hitting 10-for-12 at the free throw line. She’s more of a quiet leader, leads by example.”Though the Huskies graduate this duo, as well as Katie Hite, David Hite is optimistic about all the talent which returns in November.”I definitely think that this was a prelude to what we can do,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ve got some recognition. They’ll come this summer and play hard. We’ve got the summer schedule already set up.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or, Colorado

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