Huskies fall at the buzzer
PALISADE, Colorado ” Palisade’s Rylie Josey sank a jumper with 2.8 seconds left in regulation Tuesday night to edge the Battle Mountain boys basketball team, 44-43.
The Huskies (3-16 overall and 3-8 in the 4A Slope) had previously taken the lead on a pair of free throws from Mitch Cooley. Battle Mountain tried a last-ditch effort down the court as time expired.
While the Bulldogs (3-8, 3-17) will remember this one for Josey’s heroics, the Huskies should recall the start of the game. Having beating the Bulldogs, 68-56, last month in Eagle-Vail, Battle Mountain fell behind Palisade, 18-3, after the first quarter.
Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue didn’t think his team took the Bulldogs lightly.
“We obviously came out flat,” he said. “Palisade was ready to go. They made some shots and we missed some stuff inside that we normally put down. I don’t know if we took them for granted.”
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The Huskies did battle back admirably behind 15 points from Cooley and 11 from Robert Weiss. While the loss likely ended what slim hopes Battle Mountain had for the postseason, the Huskies still have motivation when Delta comes to town Friday night.
“Delta’s still trying to get into the playoffs and we need to be a spoiler,” Tronsrue said. “That’s how we need to look at it.”
In the girls’ game, Battle Mountain had its best performance of the season in a 62-50 loss to Palisade.
The Huskies had a season high 50 points and a whopping 22 in the second quarter alone.
“I think we played as a completely different team,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “We finally made our shots. We shot 39 percent from the floor and that included five 3-pointers. I’m hoping it will carry over. If we can play like this, we can pull out a couple of wins.”
Adriana Morken led Battle Mountain (0-20) with 21 points. Kenia Olivas chipped in nine while, Haille Hogfeldt had eight.
The Huskies host Delta Friday.
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