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EDWARDS – The question for Vail Christian boys basketball is “Can the Saints get the monkey off DeBeque?” The question for the girls is “Are we invested in any HMO stocks?”So like sands through the hour glass, we take a look at Vail Christian at districts, starting tonight in Delta.DeBeque Despite going 3-5 in the 1A Mountain league and posting their first .500 record at 9-9, the Saints boys basketball team is the sixth and last seed at districts.That’s because Crested Butte moves up to 2A for the postseason and Norwood and Dolores County come into the district. All of these machinations means that Sheldon Kuhns’ crew draws DeBeque tonight at 7:30.Be it volleyball or basketball, the Dragons have been Vail Christian’s nemesis.”We have to not beat ourselves,” Kuhns said. “DeBeque is good enough, when they play a good game. We have to minimize our mistakes. We just cannot give them easy baskets and that’s what we did (Saturday). We just gave Ridgway just easy shot after easy shot because we were turning the ball over. And we’ve got to quit having the second-quarter blues.”Against Ridgway Saturday, the Demons were hot and the Saints were not in a 71-51 loss.”They shot the lights out,” Kuhns said. “It wasn’t bad defense. It was one of those games and we had a bad game and that equaled a 20-point loss. We couldn’t hit the ocean and they were shooting the ball into an ocean.”Jonathan Armstead had 20 points, while Caleb Pearson had 11.More encouraging was a tight 60-53 loss to league-champion Ouray Friday night. Jamie Graef finished with 17, while Pearson again had 11.”We were pretty happy that we played with the top-ranked team in our league,” Kuhns said. “We had them down in the fourth quarter. We had a 50-47 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter. That was a heartbreaker for us. That put us sub-.500 in league. We went to 3-4 after that game. We basically had the game won.”The mission this weekend is to topple DeBeque tonight and win on Friday to take one of District 1’s two regional berths.Is there a doctor in the house?That the Lady Saints made it through the weekend is quite the story.Meagan Doughty, already playing with tonsillitis, hurt her shoulder in Friday night’s 68-55 loss to Ouray. She had already had 21 points before going down.Against Ridgway Saturday, Hannah Morris popped her knee in the second quarter. Then, Kelli Verderber went down with head and back injuries. For the cherry on the sundae, Rachel Glandorf fouled out against the Demons.Without four starters, the Saints just lost to Ridgway, 47-34. So, the obvious key is health when the Saints take on Ouray tonight at 6.”If I have people healthy, I’m confident we can beat these guys,” Saints coach Paul Doughty said.Another key will be free throw shooting. The Saints went 22-for-52 from the charity stripe in two close games.Against Ouray, Danielle Cavanaugh put up 16 points and Glandorf had 10. Glandorf led the Saints with 17 against Ridgway.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or cfreud@vaildaily.comVail, Colorado


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