Saints sweep Plateau Valley |

Saints sweep Plateau Valley

COLBRAN – Vail Christian girls basketball coach Doug Bruce called it “the best second half we’ve had in a long time,” when the ladies in blue and silver took on Plateau Valley in Colbran Saturday afternoon. And the second half of the boys basketball game wasn’t too bad either.

Saturday ended happily for both Vail Christian hoops teams. The ladies won their second in a row, downing Plateau Valley, 46-33, while the gents rallied for a 55-40 victory in key league games for all involved.

Vail Christian girls basketball’s offense came alive in the second half as Ashlyn Gruber had 14 points and McKenzie O’Brien had 12. Kylie Alexander ended with 10, while Kristen Currey tallied eight. With the Saints defense, that’s more than enough.

“We really got good contributions from everyone,” Bruce said. “Maria Gonzalez and Gracen McGuckin were strong. Paris Baker played great defense. It was a nice performance all around.”

The Vail Christian boys were trailing the Cowboys, 36-26, with three minutes left in the third quarter.

“All of a sudden, we turned that switch on,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said.

The Saints outscored Plateau Valley, 29-4, after that. (Please keep that “switch” handy, guys.)

Point-guard Fernando Hernandez gets his name in the paper, but for his defense. Yes, he had 17 points, but, more importantly, he held the Cowboys’ Ted Grundy to 16 points and only six in the second half. Robby Bowles had a big day with 22 points against a man-to-man defense. He was also 7-for-7 from the line.

Gunnar Wilson was Mr. Fourth Quarter with seven of his eight points coming in the final eight minutes.

The boys are home for a big game Tuesday against Hayden at 6:30 p.m. Then both teams are at North Park Thursday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or

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