Vail Christian drops a pair to Ouray
EDWARDS – For the second straight week, the Vail Christian girls basketball team was tied with a minute to go. And for the second straight week, the Saints lost a heartbreaker.Last week, it was a three-point loss to Ridgway. Saturday it was a 54-52 defeat at the hands of Ouray.”Ouray’s played with some top-10 teams in the state,” Saints coach Paul Doughty said. “They’ve competed with DeBeque and Dolores County, who are No. 1 and No. 3 in the state and we’re competing head-to-head with them. Victories are coming and coming soon. We’ve just had a tough schedule.”Megan Doughty had a season high 28 points for Vail Christian, despite not playing the second quarter. Rachel Glandorf had a rough go of it when it came to whistles, scoring seven points before fouling out.
Fouls were a problem for the Saints on both ends. Ouray had 40 free-throw attempts, while Vail Christian had 27 and only converted on 15 of them.Other bright spots for Vail Christian were Danielle Cavanaugh and sophomore Jill Shainholtz. The former had five points, but the tale of the tape was on defense. Cavanaugh had 13 boards and seven steals.Shainholtz filled in for Glandorf when the senior fouled out. Shainholtz got some key rebounds, resulting in Saints’ baskets.Vail Christian, 3-6 overall and 0-2 in the 1A Mountain League, hosts Battle Mountain’s junior varsity Tuesday at 5 p.m. at St. Clare.
Boys fall, 49-37EDWARDS – The Vail Christian boys hung with Ouray for three quarters before the Trojans outscored the Saints, 17-10, in the final stanza, sending the home team to a 49-27 loss.”We led, 24-23, in the third period,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “Their pressure got to us. They were very athletic and again our youth showed. We didn’t execute our offense and our free throws. The key for us was that when we play a quick team like Ouray, they control the tempo, instead of us doing what we want to do. Even though it was a loss, the boys played well.”Jonathan Armstead led the Saints with 12 points. Caleb Pearson finished with eight, while Jaryd Francis had seven.
Vail Christian, 5-4 overall and 1-1 in league, hosts Battle Mountain’s junior varsity at 6:30 p.m. at St. Clare on Tuesday. Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado