Huskies claw way past Delta
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” The Battle Mountain boys basketball team sent its fans home happy Saturday night.
The Huskies downed Delta, 54-41, for their first home win since Feb. 25, 2006, and their first league win in the Slope since Feb. 15 of that year.
“Twenty-three months is pretty ridiculous to go without a win,” Huskies point guard Victor Rios said. “It was good to get one. We’ve worked really hard, and it’s good that it pays off.”
Saturday’s win was also just what the doctor ordered after a 74-43 loss at Palisade on Friday night. The Huskies are back even in Slope play at 1-1.
“Guys are feeling good about themselves, are confident,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “We had a shoot-around this morning. We did some good things. We attacked the basket at times, and we talked a lot about playing better defense at guard. I was really pleased with our guard play.”
Battle Mountain jumped out to a 17-9 first-quarter lead behind 6 points each during that frame from Rios and Ashlin Romero. Robert Weiss had a slick running layup, and Kyle Woolley put one in, and Battle Mountain was rolling. Romero had the last five points of the first half, including a 3, as the Huskies led, 33-15.
In the second half, Battle Mountain struggled playing with a lead, understandable in that the Huskies haven’t had many leads since the 2005-06 season.
“It comes back to the fact that these are guys who have not been in that situation before,” Tronsrue said. “Hopefully, we’ll watch this tape, get through the growing pains, and next time when we’re in this situation, we execute a little bit better and smarter.”
Romero led Battle Mountain with 17 points, while Rios and White had 11 each. In another scoring note, sophomore Parker Lathrop had eight points Friday night at Palisade.
Battle Mountain, 1-1 in the Slope and 2-7 overall, hosts Summit County in nonconference play Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Huskies knocked off the Tigers last month, 61-50, and enter the game in the unusual role as the favorite.
“We don’t let it get to our heads,” Rios said. “Just like Coach says, ‘It’s a 0-0 game at the beginning of the game and at halftime.’ You have to play like that all the time.”
Lady Huskies lose
The Battle Mountain girls basketball team’s game Saturday looked like a repeat of the Huskies tilt against Summit one week ago.
Even the visiting team was wearing green again.
This time it was Delta jumping out to 21-7 first-quarter lead on the way to a 57-43 win over the Huskies. The win snapped Delta’s three-game losing streak, while the loss dropped the Huskies to 0-2 in the Slope and 2-7 overall.
“The biggest thing was coming out and scoring a lot in the first quarter,” Delta coach Craig Cerise said. “We haven’t scored more than single digits during the whole year. We’re always playing from behind. That was the biggest thing, hitting early shots.”
“Our two main problems were that we didn’t come out and play in the first quarter,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “The second problem was that we didn’t rebound. We’re going to work on that this week.”
Battle Mountain’s defense was noticeably absent as well. The Most the Panthers had scored in a game this season was 40 points until Saturday night.
Nevertheless, the Huskies nearly made a game of it in the second half. Emily LyBarger canned a 3 to pull Battle Mountain within 7 points with 1:49 left in third quarter, but Delta’s Hannah Roberson returned the favor on the Panthers’ next possession, squelching the Huskies’ hope of a comeback.
Battle Mountain is on the road Friday at Glenwood Springs.
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