The basketball teams at Hotchkiss High School will get some needed time off during the Christmas break as the Bulldogs hoopsters are off to a 1-6 start.
Both Hotchkiss teams are led by new coaches. Eric Hollembeak moved from the girls' bench to the boys' after the departure of Kyle Crowder, and Ginger McPherson is in her first year with the Hotchkiss girls' squad.
The Bulldogs boys beat Olathe in their fourth game of the year, and the Hotchkiss girls won their first contest of the season at home against Ridgway.
Both Hotchkiss teams resume the campaign on Jan. 9 at home against Caprock.
GHS 54, Hotchkiss 39
The Bulldogs boys trailed by one at halftime before Gunnison used a dominant third quarter to beat Hotchkiss in the last game before the Christmas break on Dec. 17 in Gunnison.
Senior Clayton Oxford led the Bulldogs with nine points. Junior Gabe Rodriguez netted six points, four of them free throws.
Gunnison led by one at halftime, then outscored the Bulldogs 17-4 in the third quarter as the home team posted an insurmountable lead.
Gunnison then held on to win the fourth quarter by a narrow margin of 11-10 and secure the victory.
GHS 36, Hotchkiss 27
In the girls' game, the Bulldogs fell behind by too much too soon. Gunnison led 9-3 after one quarter and enjoyed a 17-9 advantage at halftime.
The Bulldogs rallied and won the third quarter 9-7, but Gunnison was too strong down the stretch and sent Hotchkiss to its sixth loss in a row.