Saints knock off Ridgway in overtime
EDWARDS – Vail Christian’s Jonathan Armstead has thrown his fair share of Hail Marys – in football.But against Ridgway Saturday afternoon, it was Hail Mary – basketball-style. With the game tied at 46 in overtime, Armstead was stuck in Ridgway’s trap short of midcourt and running out of time. Armstead just chucked it.”Caleb (Pearson) was running with his man and it just seemed like no one was open,” Armstead said. “I know football and how to throw. I just thought I’d lob it as high as I could to the very end of the court to Josh Glandorf. I saw it going out of bounds and I was, ‘OK, Coach is going to yell at me.'”No worries, Jonathan. Josh Glandorf hustled to keep it in bounds. The ball glanced off the leg of a Ridgway defender and right to Pearson for the easy layup. “In a close game, it’s better to be lucky than good,” Saints boys basketball coach Sheldon Kuhns joked. “It’s all I can say.”Glandorf added two clutch free throws and the Saints knocked off the Demons, 50-46, winning their conference opener, and perhaps more importantly, beating Ridgway for the first time in three years.
“These guys over the years have made it a habit of beating us and beating us big,” said an absolutely giddy Kuhns. “We started slow. We finally got our legs and we out played them in the second quarter, the third quarter, the fourth and overtime and we got that win. Unbelievable.”Also under the category of unbelievable is that the Saints are 5-2. Having never been at the .500 mark before this season, these are indeed heady times at Vail Christian.Jamie Graef had another spectacular game, leading the Saints with 17 points before fouling out in OT. Armstead had 10, most of which came in the fourth quarter as the Saints rallied. Jaryd Francis also had 10, but it was his defense that mattered even more. He was huge on the boards and had a monster block to force overtime. Pearson had nine, including the aforementioned game-winner.The Saints head to Gypsum Tuesday to face Eagle Valley’s junior varsity at 6:30 p.m.Demons edge Lady Saints
The Vail Christian girls basketball team suffered from a case of the Saunderses Saturday afternoon against Ridgway in its 1A Mountain League opener.The Demons’ Jamie Saunders had 16 points and her twin sister, Jessie, had 13 more as Ridgway edged the Saints, 44-41.”They had three girls over six feet and we had one girl at 5-11 and one girl at 5-8,” Saints coach Paul Doughty said. “I was pleased with the girls’ effort. They never gave up. The intensity was there. They rotated well on defense. We just weren’t as aggressive on offense because of their size.” It should be noted that Vail Christian lost to the Demons at St. Clare last year, 48-20, so Saturday’s game was a definite improvement.The refs let both teams play and the result was a back-and-forth contest. Danielle Cavanaugh, who played a strong, physical game, gave the Saints a 25-24 lead with 5:54 remaining in the third period. Kira Burner gave Vail Christian its biggest lead of the day seconds later with a six-footer.Down 33-30, Saints point guard Megan Doughty converted a 3-point play to pull Vail Christian even at the end of three at 33. Buckets by the Saunders sisters moved the Demons out to a 39-33 lead.Rachel Glandorf halved that margin with a 3-pointer, and pulled the Saints within one with a layup. The Saints had a chance to win the game with 10.4 seconds. Glandorf, who led her team with 16 points, threw up a 3 that was errant. Unfortunately, that was not the play that Doughty had in mind.
“With 10 seconds to go and one timeout, I wanted to get the ball high post and call a timeout,” he said. “Then, we’d go under with the inbounds play.”Doughty had 11 points for the Saints, while Cavanaugh had nine.In a tightly contested first half, Vail Christian ended the first 16 minutes with a 10-4 run, closing Ridgway’s lead to 20-19. Lauren Mutter started with an eight-foot jumper. After free throws from Glandorf and Doughty, the latter made a sweet move, resulting in a nifty layup.Doughty followed with a trey to tie the game at 18.Vail Christian (2-5 overall and 0-1 in league) next hosts Eagle Valley’s junior varsity on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.