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Bears girls roll past Huskies

Chris Freud

EAGLE-VAIL – Before the Rifle-Battle Mountain girls basketball game, Huskies boosters passed out paws.But the Bears’ claws were too much for the Huskies’ paws as Rifle breezed, 72-42.”We went 16-for-60 (from the field), so we were chucking the ball up,” Huskies coach David Hite said. “We weren’t shooting the ball. It was just mental mistakes, a lot of them. Defensively, we just weren’t talking, not being aggressive on defense. We got beat by a better team.”Rifle took advantage of Battle Mountain’s tendency to start slowly, grabbing a 17-9 first-quarter lead. A mini 5-2 Huskies run brought Battle Mountain to within four to start the second quarter at 19-15. The Bears scored 12 of the next 16 points to end the half with a 31-19 lead, which would continue to grow in the second half.Rifle’s Renee Laudick led all scorers with 17. Kristin Neffendorf had 15 for the Bears. Kendall Babler put in 13, and Kristin Guettler had 12.For Battle Mountain, Meagan Reigel led the Huskies with 10 points. Alexis Guinn and Lauren Prewitt had eight each.• The Rifle boys team was scheduled to host Battle Mountain Friday, but earned a victory by way of forfeit instead.Huskies athletics director Fred Koetteritz accidentally scheduled 23 games, one above the state limit, for the Battle Mountain boys team, which meant that Battle Mountain had to forfeit one of its remaining league games.Of the team’s four remaining games, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs and Moffat County, one name was drawn out of a hat.


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