Saints sweep Huskies JV |

Saints sweep Huskies JV

Shane Macomber/Vail DailyVail Christian's James Graef gets hacked by Battle Mountain's DJ VanCuran during a baseline drive to the hole Tuesday in Edwards.

EDWARDS – It’s got to be the tie.Vail Christian girls basketball coach Paul Doughty was wearing his blue tie with orange basketballs Tuesday evening when his team hosted Battle Mountain’s junior varsity.”I’m actually 3-0 with this tie. It is this tie. I love it,” he joked after his team’s 63-45 win over the Huskies.Not only was it the tie, but Vail Christian’s basketball coaches are 2-for-2 on their birthdays this season – Doughty turned 43 Tuesday.Ties or birthdays aside, it was more likely a solid team effort for the Saints who upped their record to 4-6, after two close losses the last two weekends in the 1A Mountain League.

“It was nice,” Doughty said. “I’m always wanting the girls to get better and better. We’ve talked about it as a team. We’re not interested in the wins as a team, although we want them, but getting better, looking toward districts. This was a good way for us to measure us.”Senior Rachel Glandorf led the Saints with 18. Megan Doughty was right behind with 16. Mutter joined those two in double-digits with 10. Kelli Verderber, making her first appearance, for the Saints scored six in limited action.All of this showed the balance which Vail Christian has been seeking all year.”It’s great,” Glandorf said. “It obviously makes us a threat for the defense because we can go from inside now that we have Kelly. We have Lauren and Meagan on the outside, where they can’t miss. (Opposing defenses) don’t know whether to be on their heels or on their toes.”On defense, Danielle Cavanaugh was in double-digits again in rebounds.

The Saints led, 22-6, after the first eight minutes and never looked back. The Huskies were led by Max VanDyke’s 19 points.Vail Christian heads to DeBeque Saturday for a 5 p.m. tilt with the defending league champs.”For me selfishly, it’s important because I’ve always wanted to beat them,” said Glandorf, who has competed against the Dragons in volleyball, basketball and track. “I think everyone knows. Usually when It’s DeBeque, it’s like, ‘OK, we’ll get through it.’ But now, everyone’s anxious to play because we know that we can compete with them.”Win No. 6 a record for boysEDWARDS – So much for Jamie Graef’s bad shoulder.

The senior had 25 points, leading the Vail Christian boys basketball team to a 65-43 win over Battle Mountain’s junior varsity.”It would be worse if we lost,” joked Graef about his shoulder.And, Tuesday’s win was No. 6 for the team, a new school record, set very early in this 2004-05 season.”It’s awesome,” Graef said. “I’m the only survivor of the last time we went 5-9. That was my freshman year. It’s great. There’s a big future ahead for this program.”But, pardon Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns if he isn’t doing somersaults after this win.

“We hold ourselves to a standard. Yeah, we won tonight, but we could have played better,” the coach said. “If we’re going to beat the DeBeques and Ourays of our league we have to play better. Tonight’s effort would not have gotten it done and we know that.”The road game against DeBeque will wait until Saturday at 6:30 p.m. In the meantime, Kuhns and company can reflect on Graef’s big night. “He’s been fighting hard,” Kuhns said. “We only have one senior and when our senior steps up and leads, we’re tough to beat. It has to be Jamie because he’s our guy.”Graef definitely had plenty of help. Jonathan Armstead put up 13 points. Caleb Pearson was a presence inside with 11. Point guard Josh Glandorf added eight and Jaryd Francis had six.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or Colorado

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