Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday |

Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday

DEBEQUE – Mark it down – Jan. 29, 2010 – Vail Mountain School 64, DeBeque 41.

VMS won its first varsity basketball game Saturday, slaying the Dragons down in DeBeque.

“It’s definitely better than losing,” VMS junior Sean McKeever joked. “I think it definitely got the team riled up. We had lost seven in a row and this was definitely a good momentum builder.”

“It was exciting,” fellow junior Nolan Bock said. “Coach Vinny (Cisneros) was just telling us to take it quarter by quarter and possession by possession.”

And while that’s Cisneros’ mantra, VMS could be excused for having a few moments where its players looked up at the scoreboard and realized what was happening.

“I think we were all shocked at first because we got up by 15 points,” McKeever said. “We’re normally down by 20-30 at this point. I think we all just thought, ‘We’re doing this. This could be the first win.'”

VMS actually went about it rather methodically. The Gore Rangers led, 34-24 at the half, upped it to 50-34 after 24 minutes and closed it out with 14-7 fourth quarter.

“It was really good for them,” Cisneros said. “The biggest part was that the kids actually started to shoot the ball. There’ve been times where they’ve been timing. But they just let it rip.”

Paco Holguin led the way with 17 points, while McKeever had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Bock had 11, and Ben Barbour finished with nine. The latter was 6-for-8 from the line, a big-time performance in an area that’s been a concern for the Gore Rangers. Mitch Saalfeld had eight points and Tessie Holguin six.

VMS (1-7, with an emphasis on that “1”) hosts Rangely Friday in East Vail.

Huskies win at Delta

DELTA – Hello, Jake Engle.

The Battle Mountain junior had nine points and 15 rebounds in a breakout game as Huskies boys basketball, knocked off Delta, 62-58, to cap a great three-win week.

“Jake just broke out,” Huskies coach Tom Padilla said. “We’ve been waiting for that guy. He was an animal.”

And Cody Hervert was, well, a Machine. He had 20 points. Joe LyBarger, whose defense has been unquestioned, busted out with 12 points, while shooting guard Chris Duran also had a dozen.

“Defensively, we’ve started to play how we can,” Padilla said. “We did blow a 13-point lead in the fourth (quarter), but we withstood it.”

And that win bumped Battle Mountain up to 10-7 overall and 4-3 in 4A Slope.

In the girls game, the Huskies fell to Delta, 72-35.

Both teams are at Steamboat Friday.

Devils fall in Palisade

PALISADE – Eagle Valley girls basketball, despite the flu, played three good quarters at Palisade Saturday before falling to the Bulldogs, 49-36.

Madeline Lounsberry was out with the bug and Kayla Gagnon tried to go, but understandably wasn’t herself.

Bri Roth led the Devils with nine points, while Amanda Morgan had 10 rebounds.

In the boys game, Eagle Valley dropped a 38-28 decision to the Bulldogs.

Eagle Valley boys and girls basketball is next at Grand Junction Central Tuesday.

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