Vail Christian basketball sweeps Ridgway
EDWARDS ” Vail Christian boys’ basketball coach Sheldon Kuhns turned 33 Saturday when his team hosted Ridgway.
“We had been talking about it all week,” Kuhns said. “I just told them, ‘All I want for my birthday is a W.'”
Ask and ye shall receive. The Saints blasted the Demons, 70-33. The Saints’ scores by quarter were 21, 21, 21 and 7.
“That’s exactly what Texas put on CU, I think,” Kuhns joked.
Two differences, Coach. One, the Buffs scored just three points against the Longhorns in the Big 12 title game, and second, Ridgway’s coach isn’t sitting at home with $3 million in his bank account.
But we digress.
In addition to the win, Kuhns got a few more goodies. First and foremost was the return of Jonathan Armstead to point guard. After missing football and the beginning of basketball season with a shoulder injury, Armstead returned with 10 points, seven boards and four assists.
“It’s great to have Jon back just to add a little more ball-handing, his leadership, and it makes our bench a little deeper,” Kuhns said. “We were just missing having him on the floor, period. He had a real nice game for him.”
Another party favor was the first dunk in Saints history courtesy of Jaryd Francis. The slam was part of an 18-point and seven-rebound day for the sophomore. Caleb Pearson chipped in 18 of his own and swiped nine off the glass. Toss in 13 and eight, respectively, from Josh Sibley, and the Saints showed their size.
“Those three guys under the basket really open things up everywhere else on the floor for us,” Kuhns said. “It’s a luxury as a coach to start three guys who are 6-4-plus.”
The Saints, 1-0 in the 1A Mountain League and 4-2 overall, are next in action in a measuring-stick game against conference power Ouray Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Clare.
Girls rip Demons
Not to be left out of the fun, the Vail Christian girls’ team also did a number on Ridgway, torching the Demons, 60-25.
Danielle Cavanaugh logged her fourth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Megan Doughty had a triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. She just missed the quadruple-double with eight steals.
“She even made the joke about it that she should have had more turnovers so she could get a few more steals,” said Saints coach Paul Doughty. “I told her, ‘Don’t do it.'”
Aside from that, the Saints did just about anything they wanted. The Saints were up 37-8 at the half, allowing Doughty to play everyone. Kira Burner had a nice day with eight points, while Jill Shainholtz had seven.
“It gives us quite a bit of momentum,” Doughty said. “The girls are pretty excited about the things we’re doing at practice. To get to see it play out on the court gave them a lot of confidence. They’re ready for Ouray.”
Vail Christian (1-0, 2-5) hosts Ouray Saturday at 1 p.m.
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