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Tough night for Huskies

David L'Heureux

Unfortunately, it was lack of care for the ball that led to a 81-51 loss for the Battle Mountain boys’ basketball team Saturday night against Moffat County.

The Bulldogs came out with a vicious press, spearheaded by No. 23 Pablo Loya, and forced turnover after turnover against the Huskies.

On the other end, Loya converted those turnovers into numerous 3-point bombs to run away with the 4A Slope conference matchup.

“No. 23 hit his shots from the field and the free-throw line and forced a bunch of steals on defense,” observed Huskie’s coach Philip Tronsrue. “Good teams respond to that kind of thing and, tonight, we didn’t.”

The lone bright spot in the game was the play of senior forward Blake Gammon. He dropped in 18 points on the game, highlighted by a second half alley-oop pass from Eddie Irgens.

“We’ll just have to try and bounce back next Friday against Glenwood,” commented Tronsrue after the game.

That matchup is slated for 7:30 p.m. next Friday at Battle Mountain.

The Battle Mountain girls’ team suffered a similar fate as the boys against Moffat County Saturday, dropping a 67-39 decision.

The girls fell behind early and never rebounded from the initial 44-23 halftime deficit.

Like the boys, the Moffat County Lady Bulldogs applied early pressure forcing turnover after turnover and converting the easy baskets on the other end.

Erin Drumm led the Lady Huskies in scoring, pouring in 11 points against a very physical Moffat defense.

However, it was lack of execution on the offensive end that had girls coach David Hite concerned.

“The girls’ failure to run the offense really frustrated me,” said Hite. “We could have beat that team tonight.”

Asked for a player of the game Hite tabbed No.22 Kim White who had eight points and seven rebounds.

Up next for the Battle Mountain girls is Glenwood Springs. The home tip off is at 6 p.m. next Friday.