Titans remember the Saints
CRESTED BUTTE – It was a long day/night for Vail Christian basketball – 372 miles and about eight hours on the road – Tuesday as the Saints dropped a pair at Crested Butte.Crested Butte beat the Lady Saints, 64-31, while the boys fell, 63-46. Danielle Cavanaugh led the Vail Christian girls (1-1 in the 1A Mountain League and 3-8 overall) with 17 points. Jill Shainholtz and Bianca Jensen had five each.The host Titans outscored the Saints, 24-7, in the first quarter.”We came in confident that we could match up,” Saints girls’ coach Patrick Beaudine said. “Crested Butte has a lot of team speed. We were never able to get into a half-court game. We’re a solid half-court and transition team. We just had too many turnovers in the first quarter.”The boys (0-2, 4-7) ran in to some hot shooting from Crested Butte.”They hit seven 3-pointers in the first half. They were just lights out,” Boys’ coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “We didn’t play poorly. We just didn’t have enough against a pretty good team in their home gym. We made some mistakes, but they played well.”Caleb Pearson topped the Saints with 21 points, followed by Jaryd Francis with 16.DeBeque nextThe teams head to archrival Debeque Saturday. The girls face the Dragons at 2:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 4 p.m.”We’re still confident in what we can do,” Kuhns said. “We just need to get this thing clicking and rolling, like we had it in December. We can be dangerous in our league. We’re going to keep fighting through this.”Beaudine is looking to the laws of transitivity. Crested Butte beat Debeque by 33 and Vail Christian by 31.”I reckon we’re a 2-point favorite,” he joked. As always, no wagering, please.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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