Vail Valley preps wrap for Saturday
EDWARDS – What’s gotten into Battle Mountain boys basketball? By now, the Huskies usually should be playing out the string, right?
Battle Mountain knocked off Palisade, 58-51, Saturday night to win its sixth game in its last eight outings, and the Huskies are 11-9 overall and 6-6 in 4A Slope.
“It is coming together,” Huskies coach Tom Padilla said. “We’ve been preaching finishing in the second half of the season. We would start real strong and struggle in the third and fourth quarters. In practice, we’ve been going harder at the end, and it’s helping.”
Cody Hervert – who was nickname-less after Friday’s win at Delta is now The Machine – had a huge game with 15 points and eight rebounds. Parker Lathrop had in bit of an off-night, but Padilla was able to call on Pancho Meneses and Parke Robbins off the bench. The coach gave this duo major props for their efforts.
Robert Weiss had seven and also kept the Huskies running.
“They’re starting to feel that they’re in thick of things, that they can do something,” Padilla said, “They’re playing for something (the playoffs). They just have to get after it.”
Battle Mountain girls 41
The above is not a typo.
Battle Mountain girls basketball nearly snapped its two-year skid, losing a heartbreaker to Palisade, 44-41, Saturday. The Bulldogs had pounded the Huskies, 59-29, in their first meeting of the year.
“They came out in a defensive mindset and that enabled us to have a lead at the half. “We are closing the gap. It’s a big step for us.”
The Huskies did lead after 16 minutes, 20-18. A good portion of that was due to Kenia Olivas who had 23 points and six rebounds. Gabby Mungia also had a big game with eight points, six rebounds and four steals.
Eagle Valley girls 64, Delta 51
The Revenge Tour is going well for Eagle Valley basketball.
Two nights after knocking off Palisade after losing to the Bulldogs in the first half of the season, the Devils bounced Delta, Saturday, 64-51, avenging another first-half loss.
“It’s awesome,” Devils coach Jamie Mayne said. “We had Emily Kingston roll her ankle in practice Friday, so we didn’t have her for the game. We were off a little bit. We had 22 turnovers in the first half, and only four in the second half, so they definitely figured things out.”
And at 11-10 overall and 3-9 in the Slope, there’s a bit of buzz about the playoffs.
“I told the girls if we have any chance of making the postseason, we have to win our last four games,” Mayne said. “So far, it’s happening. The girls are understanding the urgency.”
Jazmine Zapata led Eagle Valley with 24 points, while Jamie Bair had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Kayla Gagnon also had a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards. Brenda Zapata had seven points and nine assists.
Next up is Rivalry Tuesday, Part II, for the public school programs. Eagle Valley visits Battle Mountain for the girls at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Vail Christian boys 53, Soroco 44
Bring on Hayden.
Vail Christian boys basketball notched a huge win Saturday, downing Soroco 53-44. The win makes sure the Saints will not face Meeker, the No. 2-ranked team in the state, in one week in the first round of districts.
Instead, the Saints head north to face Hayden with a regional berth on the line.
“You always want to win your last regular-season game,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “It’s huge from that standpoint. It’s also huge from the standpoint of keeping away from Meeker, defending our home court and winning on Senior Night.”
And the Saints won five of their last six to finish the regular season at 10-8. That’s only the second time in school history the boys’ team has been in double-digits in wins.
Freshman Robby Bowles led the way with 16 points. Point-guard Fernando Hernandez had 13, and was Mr. Clutch from the free-throw line, going 6-for-6 in the final 90 seconds. Granger Moch and Kieran Hurtt both ended up with seven points. Larry Cavanaugh was big with 11 rebounds.
Soroco 40, Vail Christian girls 39
The last time the Vail Christian girls basketball team played Soroco, the Rams won 66-25.
So Saturday’s 40-38 loss to Soroco, though painful, was most definitely a step in the right direction.
“To be in that position gives you an idea of how hard the girls played and how far they’ve come,” Vail Christian coach Doug Bruce said.
The Saints led, 29-23, going into the fourth quarter, but couldn’t covert on free throws. Ashlyn Gruber led the Saints with 12 points.
Vail Christian finishes the regular season at 8-11. The Saints are in a three-way tie with West Grand and Plateau Valley, and everyone went 1-1 against each other in league play. Bruce and the league likely will spend the holiday weekend figuring out the tiebreaker to determine the district schedule for next week.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
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