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Saints bounce back, take Gilpin

Chris FreudVail, CO Colorado
SPO VC Bball Boys v Gilpin Eagles TS 01-19-08

EDWARDS, Colorado As Scarlett OHara reminds us in Gone with the Wind, Tomorrow is another day.That was certainly the case for Vail Christian basketball Saturday. After tough losses Friday night against Ouray, the Saints took it out on Gilpin County.The boys drubbed the Eagles, 62-21, in a game which included Jaryd Francis 1,000th career point as a Saint, while the ladies got their second win of the season, 29-26.In short, the Saints said collectively, Frankly, my dear, (we) dont give a …We werent going there. Lets keep in mind that this is a Christian school, people.A grand grandThe Vail Christian boys looked a whole lot more like themselves, thoroughly handling the visiting Eagles.The major drama was that senior Jaryd Francis entered the day sitting on 988 career points at Vail Christian, needing 12 to become the first in the programs history to score 1,000. Francis ended up a short days work with 14.Thats cool for him and the program, Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. The individual accolade speaks to him and what hes done the last four years, his hard work and commitment to basketball. It also says a lot about the program. Were heading in the right direction.The previous record for most points in a career was held by now-assistant coach Caleb Pearson (992), who theoretically has the power to make Francis run laps for breaking his record. Thats just something to ponder.More importantly, Vail Christian got scoring up and down the sheet from Chase Gruber (13), Bubba Murray (six), Will Parker (six) and A.J. Burgess (five).I dont think honestly we played as well as we could, Kuhns said. But we bounced back and did what we needed to do. We had balanced scoring and we rebounded well today.The Saints (7-2) are at Meeker Friday and home for Crested Butte Saturday.Lady Saints get win No. 2With the Vail Christian boys team grabbing most of the headlines, lets not forget about the ladies. The Saints carved out a very nice 29-26 win over the Eagles.An 11-4 run in the second quarter gave the Saints the lead for good. The seniors provided excellent leadership Saturday as Hannah Morris (eight points) led the offense, setting up good looks at the basket, while Nayeli Hernandez anchored the defense.Then there was junior Michelle Disher who continued her rebounding rampage with 16 boards and 10 points. Including her school record 23 rebounds against Ouray Friday night, Disher swiped 39 off the glass this weekend.As it got tight, Vail Christian showed its mettle as Maty Peckham, Morris and Alexis Ellsworth all sank clutch free throws to keep the Eagles at bay.Our girls feel like theyve bonded as a team, Saints coach Patrick Beaudine said. Theyre confident about the strength of the team. They can play with anyone as long as they take care of the ball.Vail Christian (2-7) resumes play Friday against the Meeker JV on the road before facing Crested Butte in league play Saturday at St. Clare.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or

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