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KREMMLING – One down. One to go.

The Vail Christian girls basketball team got its league win of the year, knocking off West Grand, 35-33, Friday night in Kremmling.

“We’ve got a game with Meeker (today), and we’re trying to get both of them,” Saints coach Doug Bruce said. “You’ve got to get the first to get them both. I’m really proud of the girls. They played four quarters and executed down the stretch.”

An nine seemed to be the team’s favorite number against the Mustangs. Dakota Francis, Ashlyn Gruber and Emily Irwin each had nine points for the victorious Saints. Alexis Ellsworth didn’t have much of an offensive night with two points, but was huge on the defensive end, holding West Grand’s primary offensive threat to just eight points.

Vail Christian hosts Meeker at 1 p.m. today in Edwards.

West Grand 59, Vail Christian 53

In the nightcap up in Kremmling, the Vail Christian boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker to West Grand, 59-53.

“The guys will have ups and downs as a young team,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “These guys fought their guts out. We lost a fun game. I don’t like losing, but that was as good of a game as I’ve coached in a loss. We just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Larry Cavanaugh led the Saints with 12 points, while Robby Bowles and Teller Emmer had 11 each.

The Saints return home today to face Meeker at 2:30 p.m.

EDWARDS

Glenwood Springs 85, Battle Mountain 60

Just as an FYI, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs play each other next weekend.

Steamboat beat Battle Mountain boys basketball in the Slope opener last week and Glenwood beat the Huskies, 85-60, Friday night, so those two seem to be the class of the league at this point.

Huskies coach Tommy Padilla wouldn’t give his prediction on next week’s game, preferring to focus on what his squad can do to improve.

“I think we can come back tomorrow,” Padilla said. “Once again, they learned that they have to play four quarters. When we execute, we score. But then they have little funks and they get out of the game plan. That’s when we start to have turnovers. We learning little by little.”

Ironically, the Huskies did a decent job of holding Glenwood’s Kevin Flohr to 14 points. The only problem was that the rest of the Demons were on fire.

“They just made all their shots,” Padilla said.

Edward Banegas had a superb game for Battle Mountain with 19 points, eight rebounds (five on the offensive end) and six steals. Parker Lathrop chipped in 12 points, while Shawn Martinez, coming off the bench, had eight.

In the girls’ game, Glenwood beat Battle Mountain, 64-26.

Both Battle Mountain teams are at Rifle today.

Hockey

Air Academy 6, Battle Mountain 0

VAIL – Battle Mountain hockey likely didn’t get much sleep Friday night.

Before the tossing and turning, Air Academy blanked the Huskies, 6-0, at Dobson Arena. The Huskies (2-1 in the Peak Conference and 5-3-1 overall) host Pine Creek tonight at 6.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or via cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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