Huskies bow to Delta; return home to Eagle-Vail today |

Huskies bow to Delta; return home to Eagle-Vail today

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DELTA, Colorado ” The Battle Mountain boys basketball team was coming off one of its best performances of the season last weekend in a 65-63 overtime loss to Rifle.

But the Huskies couldn’t duplicate the effort Friday at Delta, falling to the Panthers, 64-47.

“We didn’t have the intensity we had against Rifle,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “It seemed we came up short on our shots. We weren’t really attacking the rim as we did against Rifle and we just didn’t put the shots down.”

One very bright note was a career-high 20 points from Miguel Copas.

“He’s been doing a great job the last couple of weekends,” Tronsrue said. “He was hustling for loose balls and breaking up passes.”

Mitch Cooley had eight points, while Parker Lathrop chipped in seven. Edward Banegas and Shawn Martinez each contributed five.

The Huskies (0-5 in the 4A Slope and 0-13 overall) hope to get into the win column tonight at 7 in Eagle-Vail against Palisade.

Girls fall

The Battle Mountain girls basketball team had some positives in Friday night’s 52-31 loss at Delta.

Adriana Morken had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Kenia Olivas picked up 11 points.

“The positives for us were that we kept our turnovers down,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “We got to the line a bit more and we improved our shooting. If we can get our shooting to 30-40 percent, it would be a different game.”

Miriah Jones also had eight boards for the Huskies.

Battle Mountain struggled in the first quarter using a man-to-man defense which Delta exploited. The host Panthers outscored the Huskies, 15-4, in the first quarter to take command of the game.

Battle Mountain (0-5 in the 4A Slope and 0-14 overall) hosts Palisade today at 5:30 p.m.

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