Huskies girls basketball looks to build on last year |

Huskies girls basketball looks to build on last year

EAGLE-VAIL – Time to take another step.That’s the goal for Battle Mountain girls basketball this year. The Huskies made the state playoffs for the first time eons last season, but were knocked out in the first round by Mullen.”Last year it was awesome, but we should have gone farther,” senior Lauren Prewitt said. “Last year, we had such a good team. It really makes you want it again.””It’s a building block,” Huskies coach Ernesto Arredondo said. “We’re looking for them to step up this year again.”The Huskies have a mostly young, but very talented roster. Sophomore Emily LyBarger will run things from the point. The sophomore is turning into one of Battle Mountain’s most electric three-sport athletes in recent memory.Kaeli Hossler was a key player of the bench last season. Now she’s got the starting job at shooting guard. Max Van Dyke, another role player last year, will be at small forward.Prewitt and Jesse Jacobson will swap the power forward and center positions.Other members of the 2005-06 Huskies include Kelsey Sanders, Elena Sanchez, Eric Lujan, Erica Tafoya, Megan Houghton, Kylie Quintana and Heidi Sorensen.With a combination of youth and experience, the Huskies are still feeling their way through the nonconference portion of their season. At 1-2, Battle Mountain lost to Roaring Fork, 61-39, and Steamboat, 27-25, before beating Meeker earlier this week, 50-35.”What we’re looking at right now is getting just enough wins to make (state),” Arredondo said. “It’s going to be tough again because we have young starters. We’re trying to get them going quickly and that can be tough. By our fifth or sixth game, we’ll see what we have. The seniors definitely want to compete in state.”Battle Mountain has its home opener Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Aspen.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or, Colorado

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