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Hayden tops Saints

HAYDEN – Foiled again.

Longtime nemesis Hayden did it to Vail Christian boys basketball again Saturday night, beating the Saints, 59-50. Since the Saints moved up to Class 2A a few years ago, Hayden has been the brick wall against which Vail Christian slams its head repeatedly.

The Saints were down by four at the half and tied it at 41, but then the Tigers pulled away again.

“We shot poorly,” Kuhns said. “We really struggled to shoot. Again, in our league it’s really tough to win on the road.”

One important statistic besides the Saints shooting in the 20-percent range was that host Hayden went to the free-throw line 30 times, while the Saints had five shots. Kuhns had no comment on the officiating, but one doesn’t have to be a private investigator to figure out how his feelings on the issue.

Fernando Hernandez led the Saints with 16, while Robby Bowles finished with nine. Zach Linder and Kevin Boselli combined for 14 points.

The good news is that the Saints get another crack at the Tigers on Jan. 31 down in Edwards and that is the league game.

In the meantime, the boys have a busy week ahead with VMS at home Tuesday followed by games at West Grand Thursday and at Plateau Valley Saturday.

In the girls’ game, the Saints held Hayden’s Erin Koehler to 14 points, and that was serious progress. She had 36 in a game last month at Vail Christian. Major props to Vail Christian’s Ashlyn Gruber for her defensive work there.

The problem is that Hayden can find another way to beat you, and that was Kelsey Rolando, who scored 18, as the Tigers defeated the Saints, 56-32.

McKenzie O’Brien had another big offensive game for Vail Christian with 17 points.

“We actually played way better than we did recently,” Saints coach Doug Bruce said. “At one point it was 16-16. They just can get you inside and outside.”

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.

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