Vail Valley preps wrap for Friday
EDWARDS – No timeout was needed.
Battle Mountain boys basketball coach Tommy Padilla had called one with a 54-52 lead late in Friday’s game.
“I had told them at worse, that this was going to overtime,” Padilla said. “We needed a stop, but if (Palisade) scored, I wasn’t calling a timeout. They just would have to find a way to score.”
Battle Mountain did. Irving Ruacho went for the game-winner. That missed, but Cody Hervert was there for the put-back as time expired and the Huskies edged the Bulldogs, 56-54.
And thus the first half of league play ends for Battle Mountain at a pretty solid 3-3 in the 4A Slope and 9-7 overall.
Hervert led Battle Mountain with 20 points, while Ruacho had 16, including five 3s. Guard Chris Duran also came up big with 10.
In Friday’s lid-lifter, the Battle Mountain girls basketball team fell to Palisade, 51-35.
“We came out and played good defense, but kind of let go,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “Kenia Olivas showed up and played well on a bum ankle. Katia Lopez is also stepping up.”
Olivas finished with 17 points, while Lopez had eight. The Huskies got to within six points in the second half, but would get no closer.
Both Battle Mountain teams open the second half today at Delta.
VMS nearly gets win
Vail Mountain School boys basketball nearly had it. The Gore Rangers came up just short of their first varsity win Friday, losing at North Park, 44-41.
VMS had a 22-21 lead at the half and was tied at the end of the third quarter.
Paco Holguin topped VMS with 16 points while Sean McKeever had 14. Ben Barbour also had a nice game with five points, but, more importantly, helped with breaking North Park’s press.
Chatfield sinks Huskies hockey
Four third-period goals from Chatfield helped the Chargers overtake Battle Mountain hockey, 5-2, Friday night at The Edge in Denver.
Dawson Quint, with helpers from Jack Sunderland and Mike Jones, scored early in the first period. Jordan Goldstein lit the lamp on the power play, giving Battle Mountain at 2-0 advantage, going into the first intermission.
The Chargers took over from there. Battle Mountain fell to 6-9 overall and 4-5 in the Foothills Conference. The Huskies have a rare Saturday off today and play on Feb. 5 at Ralston Valley.
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