Huskies sweep up Palisade
PALISADE – The magic number for Battle Mountain basketball Saturday against Palisade was 49.The girls beat Palisade, 49-41. The boys followed with a 49-43 win.Is there some magic juju going on here? Are the Huskies closet San Francisco 49ers fans? Who knows?”Well, you know, we just worked in sync tonight,” Huskies boys basketball coach Philip Tronsrue joked.Battle Mountain basketball is starting to show that it’s no longer a joke. The girls made it two in a row in league play for the first time in ages. An 18-point second quarter salted Battle Mountain’s first win over Palisade since moving to the 4A Slope.”It was so exciting in the locker room after the game. The girls couldn’t stop talking,” Lady Huskies coach David Hite said. “We’re finally getting to peak right now. I think the difference is that instead of just playing basketball, the girls are making adjustments to the other team’s play.”Alexis Guinn and Kaeli Hosler led the Huskies (6-9 overall and 3-4 in the Slope) with 13 points each. Megan Riegel had 10, while Katie Hite and Lauren Prewitt each pitched in six. With three starters fouling out, the Huskies also got solid play off the bench from Kelsey Sanders and Max Van Dyke.In the nightcap, the boys were a bit sluggish, but still got it done, thanks in large part to making 10 free throws in the fourth quarter.With the win, Tronsrue’s crew moved to 11-5 and 4-3.”It’s extremely important,” Tronsrue said of the win. “It keeps us battling for third place in the league. It’s important to be third or fourth to secure playoff position for the state tournament.”It should be noted that during his three years at Battle Mountain, Tronsrue has never uttered the words “state tournament.”Thomas Pacheco led the Huskies with 12. Clint Wilson put in 11. Connor Drumm, who is healthy after tweaking his knee Friday, had seven.In the meantime, it’s rivalry time come Tuesday. The Huskies head to Gypsum to take on Eagle Valley. The girls tip at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 8 p.m.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.