Rifle shuts down Battle Mtn.
RIFLE ” The best part of the Rifle girls’ 61-22 win over Battle Mountain was the entire Bear roster got some playing time in Saturday’s Class 4A Western Slope League basketball game.
What’s bad is the Bears won’t have too much time to enjoy the victory.
“You never know what to expect after a long layoff,” said coach Rick Schmitz, whose team has won two games since returning from the holiday break against Class 5A Grand Junction Central and BMHS to go 4-3 (1-0 WSL) on the year.
And, Rifle appears ready for the challenge.
Defensively, the Bears held the Huskies (2-5, 0-2) to single digits in all four quarters and gave up a mere seven field goals in 42 attempts. Individually, starter Lauren Prewitt led Battle Mountain with five points.
About the only problem Rifle had in the first quarter was which basket to go to.
After a flawed tip-off, the Bears started heading toward their own goal before regaining their composure. Once they corrected themselves, the offense had little problem taking control.
Rifle hit on 24-of-61 shots on the evening, and had the game in hand by the second quarter.
Renee Laudick scored six of Rifle’s first eight points in just over 90 seconds for a 8-1 lead. The Huskies’ biggest rally of the game ” a four-point burst ” came afterwards.
It pulled the Bears’ lead down to four. It was the closest Battle Mountain got.
Rifle scored the quarter’s last five points for a 15-5 lead at the end of the quarter, then blew the game open by adding a 13-0 run on top of it in the early portion of the second period.
Haley Hubbell scored four of her 11 points in the run. Later, Rifle’s Savanna Beecraft, who led the Bears with 13, scored Rifle’s final basket in the first half to go up 38-9.
Battle Mountain broke an 0-for-10 shooting slump in the second quarter on Krystal Ettawil’s field goal with 30 seconds left.
In the second half, Rifle’s lead ballooned to 40 points in the fourth quarter.
Results of the boys game were unavailable.
But the coach didn’t dwell on the win very long. After discussing Saturday’s game in the locker room, Schmitz was already looking ahead.
“We have our most physical week ahead of us going to Fruita Monument on Tuesday, Steamboat on Friday and Moffat County here next Saturday. Those are going to be three tough games.”
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