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Vail Daily/Shane Macomber Tight 'D': Vail Christian's Megan Doughty makes her way around the Coal Ridge defense of Morgan Jessup (25) and Callie Schlegel (23) as Daily Gray looks on Thursday in Edwards. Vail Christian lost 60-50. See story on page A19.
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EDWARDS – Up just 26-24 at the half Thursday night against Vail Christian, Coal Ridge used a 13-0 run to start the third quarter to pull away to a 60-50 win.”I think we had to get a little more intense at halftime,” Titans coach Jacky Gaddis said. “It was kind of hard. We got here really early today. It’s a gym I’ve never been in and the kids have never been in. We just weren’t in that flow.”

The Titans wasted no time finding that flow at the beginning of the second half. Callie Schlegel, who led her team with 14 points, started the run with a pair of free throws and layup. Kim Lyons dropped in a 3-pointer 30 seconds later, and Coal Ridge was rolling.Matraisa Beecraft scored two from the line and then Schlegel had three more, and all of sudden, the Titans were up, 39-24.

“It was mainly a foul issue, a personnel issue,” Saints coach Paul Doughty said. “Our girls were working hard, but fouls were on their mind and they came out tentative.”Though the Titans would never relinquish the lead, the Saints made a game of it in the fourth quarter. Free throws from Danielle Cavanaugh pulled Vail Christian to within 52-45 midway through the fourth quarter. But another 3-pointer from Lyons with 3:11 left in the game ended the Saints’ charge.



Lyons finished with 13 for the Titans. Megan Doughty led the Saints with 23 points, nine steals and seven assists. Cavanaugh also nearly had a triple-double with 17 points, nine steals and eight rebounds.Vail Christian (1-5) is done for the holidays and hosts Ridgway Jan. 7, while Coal Ridge (3-2) is at Rangely Saturday at 2:30 p.m.


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