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Photo by Wayne Crick Senior Eli Sawatzky scored eight points for Hotchkiss in a 61-53 win over the visiting Plateau Valley Cowboys.
Photo by Wayne Crick Hotchkiss sophomore Shay Glaser scores a basket against Plateau Valley last Saturday evening in Hotchkiss.

Bulldog teams win on hardwood

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Hotchkiss High School's basketball teams enjoyed a successful weekend of hoops with victories over league foes Caprock Academy and Plateau Valley. The Bulldogs defeated Caprock in girls action by a score of 72-7 while the boys scored 77 points to just 26 counters for the Eagles on Friday night.

Against Plateau Valley on Saturday, Hotchkiss' girls regrouped following a six-point deficit in the first quarter to score a 45-41 decision. The boys registered a 61-53 win against the Cowboys.

Girls vs. Caprock
Hotchkiss 72, Eagles 7

Elsie Vazquez led a trio of Bulldog players in double digits with 13 points against the Eagles.

A 16-0 run in the first quarter was followed by a 19-2 second quarter which put Hotchkiss firmly in control of the game at halftime.

The Bulldogs' defense continued its stingy play in the second half and allowed just five points in 16 minutes of play. Meanwhile, Hotchkiss' offense was prolific with 25 counters in the third frame and another 12 in the fourth to produce the 72-7 verdict.

Caprock is winless in seven starts.

Kaiya Firor contributed 12 points with freshman Amelia Hickam adding 10 points in the victory. Sophomore Shay Glaser and junior Carson Collins had eight points each in the win.

Versus Plateau Valley
HHS 45, PVHS 41

The visiting Cowboys jumped out to a 14-8 lead after one period creating one of their largest leads.

Hotchkiss used a constant pressure defense to create turnovers and its offense did the rest in the second quarter with a 17-11 run which produced a 25-25 tie at halftime.

Plateau Valley held a slim 33-32 lead going to the fourth period but a determined Bulldog team outscored the Cowboys 13-8 in the final stanza to score a 45-41 victory.

Hotchkiss (2-0, 6-3) had 21 steals in the game with Firor's seven leading the way. Glaser was the team's leading scorer with eight points followed by Vazquez's seven.

Hotchkiss coach Hailee Taylor was still showing the excitement of the game after coming out of the team's locker room. After gesturing to her throat, Taylor said, "My heart is still here."

In the locker room, "We were excited to have won and to play as well to earn a victory," quoted Taylor regarding the team's mood.

Glaser's play sparked the Bulldogs at various times in Saturday's game. When asked how big Glaser's play was for the Bulldogs, Taylor said, "She's a big-time player. Her long arms help make big plays for us. She makes things happen."

Hotchkiss faces De Beque (0-1, 4-3) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Boys versus Caprock
Bulldogs 77, Eagles 26

The Bulldogs totally overpowered Caprock Academy last Friday night. The Eagles managed a double-digit score (11 points) in the third quarter while Hotchkiss' offense scored 48 points in the first half before tapering off to just 29 in the second half.

Hotchkiss coach Eric Hollembeak played everyone against the Eagles. "This was enjoyable in the sense we played well as a team with everyone looking to include teammates throughout the game."

Versus Plateau Valley
HHS 61, PVHS 53

The Bulldogs were slow to get started and trailed by three going into the second quarter. A 22-11 run by Hotchkiss in the second period gave the Bulldogs a 29-21 advantage at halftime.

An evenly played second half produced the eight-point win for Hotchkiss.

Jonathan Gonzalez topped Hotchkiss scorers with 13 points followed by Sam Rodriguez's 12 and Jacob Stucker's 11.

Plateau Valley's Layne Christensen scored 16 of the Cowboy's 21 points in the fourth quarter, including numerous scoring opportunities from the free throw line.

Coach Hollembeak commented on the game. "We were up 15 midway through the fourth but Christensen (Layne) kept Plateau Valley in with wild drives to the basket and free throws. It was a fun game, though, and we needed that type of game. We're getting better, even though we didn't shoot well in the game."

Hotchkiss (2-0, 6-3) is at De Beque (2-0, 7-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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