Vail Christian drops a pair to Ouray
EDWARDS – Imitation is the ultimate form of flattery. The Vail Christian girls basketball team wasn’t flattered, however, when Ouray started pressuring the Saints up high in the fourth quarter, like the Saints had done to Ouray in earlier in the game.Even with the tough Ouray defense in the way, the Saints battled back from down four with about a minute left, but fell in overtime, 48-41.”We are used to pressure on top,” said Vail Christian coach Sheldon Kuhns. “The problem was, once we make the entry pass, people are supposed to cut to the basket, but they were standing there.”Danielle Cavanaugh and Megan Doughty scored points in the final minute to knot the game at 39-39, giving the Saints a chance to win their first-ever game against Ouray.”We came out flat in overtime,” said Cavanaugh, who finished with 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. “We were really drained.”Doughty, who had a team-high 17 points and was a perfect 4-for-4 from the line, thinks the Saints may finally have the Trojans’ number next time they meet.
“We are going to be working 10 times harder just to beat this team,” Doughty said.In the first half, the Saints racked up steals, and scored points off turnovers by double-teaming the Trojans up high, and took a 19-17 lead into the half. Doughty had six steals, while Cavanaugh had five.Both teams found the shooting touch in the third quarter, with the Saints going 7-for-10 and the Trojans going 7-for-14.”We shot well,” Paul Doughty said. “But, in the fourth quarter, we got to the point where we wanted to shoot and not run our offense, and that was our demise. I used three timeouts in the fourth quarter and one in overtime just to talk about running our offense and getting in position.”For Ouray, Libby Brandon had a game-high 18 points, while Casey Hinkson added 10.Vail Christian’s Kira Burner netted eight points and recorded several steals.Boys dig too big a hole
Try as they might, the Vail Christian boys team just couldn’t stop Ouray in the third quarter.The Trojans led 22-15 at half, but had catapulted to a 46-28 lead at the end of the third quarter by going 10-of-13 from the field, and held on for a 58-47 win.”They were on fire,” said Vail Christian coach Sheldon Kuhns. “But we were a step late everywhere. On the defensive end, we let them have the open looks. On offense, our passes were a half-second late.”Despite falling behind 18 points, the Saints battle back to 48-40 with around two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the game.But the Trojans made some key free throws and grabbed rebounds on some Saints’ misses to pull out the victory.”We (won) without one of our best players,” said Ouray coach Carl Addison. “That shows the resilience of our team. Someone is always stepping up and playing well. But, it’s hard to close out teams like Vail Christian.”Ouray’s speedy squad moved the ball quickly on offense, and pestered the Saints on defense, picking up more than a dozen steals.”Our strategy is to run fast up and down the court, and have fun while doing it,” Addison said.
Sophomore Cody Geist led Ouray with a game-high 19 points, followed by teammate Jonnie Sirotek with 17.For the Saints, Jaryd Francis had a team-high 16 points, while Caleb Pearson picked up a double-double with 11 points and rebounds. Josh Sibley recorded 14 points and seven rebounds.With the Vail Christian starters on the bench at the beginning of the fourth quarter, A.J. Burgess dropped his first 3-pointer, starting a 12-0 Saints run.”It was too late,” Francis said of his team’s hard play in the fourth quarter. “We need to learn how to start out fast and stay with it for all four quarters.”Both teams shot 50 percent from the field and the line in the second half.sFriday, the Saints will play at Coalridge, with the girls taking the floor at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado