Meeker sweeps Vail Christian |

Meeker sweeps Vail Christian

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
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MEEKER, Colorado ” Stamina caught up with the Vail Christian boys basketball team after it played its second game in as many nights.

The Saints lost to Meeker, 62-44, on Saturday after beating West Grand on Friday.

“We played really hard,” Vail Christian coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “We played pretty well. We just ran out of gas.”

Vail Christian only trailed 41-37 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Meeker took over from there. The Cowboys outscored the Saints, 21-7, in the final period.

“It was a ball game,” Kuhns said. “It was tight all the way through. In the fourth quarter, we hit the point of exhaustion.”

It didn’t help matters that Vail Christian is fighting the injury bug right now. Larry Cavanaugh was limited by a sprained ankle he suffered early in the game. The junior fought through the injury to score 11 points.

Will Parker paced Vail Christian offensively with 12 points. A.J. Burgess added 10 points and Chris Schmidt had six.

“We are a little disappointed that we lost,” Kuhns said. “We still feel like we can play in this league when we get everybody healthy.”

Vail Christian (6-4, 3-1) is back in action on Saturday at DeBeque.

Vail Christian girls see progress in loss

The scoreboard may not show it, but the Vail Christian girls took a big step in the right direction Saturday at Meeker. The Saints fell, 56-29, but that’s not what Vail Christian coach Doug Bruce will remember about the game.

Bruce pointed out several positives, including how the Saints broke Meeker’s full-court press, a night after struggling against a similar defense.

“I thought we played a lot of better tonight than we did on Friday,” Bruce said.

The Saints kept the game close through the first two quarters before Meeker pulled away in the second half. Michelle Discher led Vail Christian with nine points. Sammy Francis added eight.

“I couldn’t be blessed with a better group of girls,” Bruce said. “They are so resilient. They came back from last night and played really hard today.”

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