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Huskies shoot for districts vs. Delta

Hite seems to have gotten his wish.

The Lady Huskies are heading into tonight’s pig-tail game against Delta coming off their best weekend of the season. Battle Mountain topped the Panthers, 56-52, and fell in the last seconds to Palisade, 47-45.

The team’s seniors, Erin Drumm and Kati Russell, led the way and they will be playing in their final home game tonight at 6.

All of this, of course, begs the question, “What will Bruce Drumm do with himself after Erin graduates?”

“Go to Connor’s games,” Erin joked.

In all seriousness, these two have been through their fair share of ups and downs in the last four years.

“We pretty much pick each other up,” Russell said. “We get discouraged, but then we all go into the locker room and talk. After, we’re like, “Let’s go out and play some more.’ We just pick each other up.”

Drumm was doing the picking up in Saturday’s 56-52 win over Delta. She dropped in a career-high 25 points, while Russell had nine points and 12 rebounds. And don’t forget Alexis Guinn with nine points and Kim White with eight rebounds.

The previous night against Palisade, the Huskies led all the way until the Bulldogs took a 47-45 lead with four seconds left. Sara LyBarger’s 3-point attempt just rimmed out at the buzzer.

Drumm led Battle Mountain with 13, while Russell had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Meagan Reigel finished with 12 rebounds and LyBarger had four steals and two assists.

This weekend’s action sets up round three with Delta. The Huskies won both regular-season meetings.

“I have mixed emotions because this team has never beaten Delta in a pig-tail game,” Hite said. “We beat them twice this year and I’m just hoping that we can focus and concentrate and take that step. I would love to be at districts Thursday.”

Boys at Delta tonight

While the girls team is at home, Philip Tronsrue’s crew is heading back out to Delta for a 6 p.m. game after a tough conclusion to the regular season last weekend.

The Huskies fell to Palisade 64-48 and then bowed to Delta 63-46.

Against the Panthers, the Huskies led for three quarters, but were outscored 23-4 in the fourth quarter.

“We’re capable of playing in that gymnasium,” Tronsrue said. “We did it for three quarters. Now let’s do it for four quarters. Let’s just take care of business. We went in there. We took the lead and controlled the game for three quarters. Let’s do it for four.”

Chris Romero led the Huskies with 11 points, while Eddie Irgens had 10.

It was a similar story for the Huskies against the Bulldogs. Battle Mountain was competitive early before Palisade took control. Beau Beckley put up 14 points and Julio Hermosillo chipped in 12.

The winner of tonight’s game faces Rifle on Thursday.

Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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