Vail Valley preps: Battle Mountain girls basketball beats Demons |

Vail Valley preps: Battle Mountain girls basketball beats Demons

Huskies one win from league title

Battle Mountain's Claire Krueger heads to the hoop during the Huskies' 50-45 win over Glenwood Springs on Tuesday night. The Huskies girls basketball team can win its first league title since 1993 by beating Rifle on Friday.
Mort Mulliken | Special to the Daily

EDWARDS — Battle Mountain girls’ basketball will be playing for its first league title since 1993 on Friday when the Huskies host Rifle.

Yes, you read that correctly. We’ll give you time to clean up that spit take.

Battle Mountain knocked off Glenwood Springs, 50-45, on Tuesday night for a season sweep, important for tiebreaking, of the Demons. The Huskies and Glenwood are 9-2 in the Slope after Tuesday’s action with Palisade at 8-3.

Not only did Tuesday’s win bring Battle Mountain to the precipice of history, but it showed the Huskies’ resilience after a tough loss at Palisade.

“They did a great job of bouncing back,” Huskies coach Kindi Backstrom said. “Palisade was a hard loss, but I feel that we played pretty well. We focused on our game and knew it was going to be a battle (against Glenwood).”

Against the Demons, Gabby Caballero had 15 points and Alden Pennington 12. The two had four 3-pointers each. Pennington, a sophomore, has been a discovery during the second half of the season.

“She started off the season ready, but she struggled a little bit with the game speed of shooting,” Backstrom said. “But she’s figured it out and it’s clicking for her.”

The Huskies lost 40-39 at Rifle, and hope for some payback on Friday.

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