Central girls roughs up Battle Mountain

The Battle Mountain High School girls basketball team probably won’t want to play Central again anytime soon.

After two disappointing losses to ThunderRidge and Columbine, the Warriors (3-2) routed the Huskies 78-10 on the final day of the Wildcat Invitational at Fruita Monument High School.

“We were looking to get a little bit more security in our offensive sets,” Central coach Todd Dixon said. “We ran a lot of quick hitters and they worked better than they have.”

In addition to Central’s motion offense working, the Warriors had an opportunity to practice their defensive press. Central forced the Huskies to commit more than 40 turnovers.

“We wanted to come back and work on our defense,” Central’s Stacy Kinnett said.

Kinnett had six steals and was one of many Warriors to harass the Huskies, who struggled to even get near the basket. Battle Mountain’s Kenia Olivas was able to find a few seams and scored eight of the Huskies’ 10 points.

From the start, Central didn’t waste any time establishing its dominance. The Warriors led 26-2 after the first quarter and 49-6 at halftime.

“They were determined to come out here for four quarters and shake that fog that we had in our heads,” Dixon said. “I am pleased with the way we played.”

Amy Kame notched her third 30-point game of the season, finishing with 32 points. Kame’s point total was more impressive since the junior didn’t play most of the fourth quarter and only played half of the first quarter.

Karen Hayter and Haleigh Higgins both added nine points.  In all, 10 Warriors scored in the lopsided win.

“We are hungry and we would love to reverse back to Thursday night and do this all over again,” Dixon said. “We aren’t scared of anyone. We are confident and we want to be (able) to play at a level of ThunderRidge and we believe we can.”

Central didn’t let up in the second half, outscoring Battle Mountain 29-4 in the final two quarters.

The Huskies had a tough weekend, being outscored 204-53 in their three games.

Central plays in the Heritage tournament this week before the Christmas break. The Warriors will be looking to earn their first 5A win in the tournament, which begins Thursday.

“We are excited,” Dixon said. “There is a saying, ‘Don’t make a mean dog mad,’ and we feel like we made ourselves mad the last couple days, so we are excited to go get after it.”

Columbine 65, Palisade 51

The Bulldogs gave their best effort of the weekend, but still fell short. Palisade trailed by 12 at halftime but could never close the gap against Columbine, which was led by Randee Hayes’ 23 points. Demitra Apergis added 12 points for the Rebels, who finished 3-0 in the tournament.

Palisade had its highest point total of the season, getting most of its points inside. Post players Kendra Barnes, Elise Heutzenroeder and Holly Odneal all finished in double figures, with Barnes’ 15 points leading the way. Odneal finished with 13 points and Heutzenroeder added 10.

Palisade plays in the Black Canyon Invitational at Montrose starting Friday.


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