No letdown: Huskies basketball takes down Demons
EDWARDS — Wednesday was the classic set of trap games for Battle Mountain basketball.
When you face nonconference Buena Vista 24 hours after big wins at Eagle Valley, there is natural tendency for a letdown. The Huskies avoided the lulu.
The Battle Mountain boys moved to 5-6 with a 64-49 win over the Demons, while the girls topped Buena Vista, 46-39.
“It was good,” Huskies boys coach Philip Tronsrue said. “I worry that when we play a nonconference game between league games, you tend to lose focus. We started off better (than Tuesday against Eagle Valley). At least we scored as many points in the first quarter as we did against Eagle Valley in the first half.”
Tronsrue said that with a bit of a laugh, as the Huskies scored all of 14 points during the first 16 minutes of Tuesday’s helter-skelter rivalry game before going onto win 45-39. There was certainly room for improvement.
The Huskies (5-6) took over on Wednesday night with a 36-22 second half, which Tronsrue called “dominant.”
Fernando Reyes led the way for Battle Mountain with 17 points, while Liam McKenny had 14. Tronsrue was particularly happy with his backcourt of Baker Gentry and Owen Routolo, who handled Buena Vista’s press during the second half and trapping defense throughout the night.
Caballero’s 3s sink Demons
See, Cope, start her.
Last spring, as a freshman, Battle Mountain soccer freshman Gabby Caballero had a habit of coming off the bench to score big goals, and it became a running joke that the longtime Huskies soccer coach, David Cope, should probably start her.
Caballero, now a sophomore, is starting for the Huskies girls’ basketball team and making a big impact. On Wednesday, against Buena Vista, she dropped six 3s as part of a 23-point night as the Huskies won their third in a row.
With Caballero blasting away from the perimeter, Claire Krueger — speaking of soccer — rang up 13 points inside, giving the Huskies much needed balance.
“It’s been a huge part of our program,” coach Kindi Backstrom said. “We’re working it inside and rotating it outside. Obviously Gabby had a big night, but we’re sharing the ball well.”
Every team needs a glue player and that was Eleanor Sheahan again for the Huskies (5-6) on Wednesday.
Both Battle Mountain squads host Summit County on Friday. The girls tip at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m.
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