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Hotchkiss girls win three; boys take two of three last week

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Photo by Tamie Meck Hotchkiss senior Elsie Vazquez shoots against Emma DeSanti in the Bulldogs' 54-16 conference win Friday over West Grand. Hotchkiss also routed Hayden, Saturday, 60-23.

The Hotchkiss girls are well on their way to their first winning record since the 2013-2014 season after winning straight conference games last week. The Bulldogs stretched their league record to 3-1, their winning streak to four games, and their overall win-loss record to 9-2.

In Friday's 54-16 home win over West Grand (Kremmling), before the Mustangs could score, senior Carson Collins put in 14 points. Collins finished the game with 19 points. Shay Glaser scored 11, and Mariah Griffith and freshman Lottie Hollembeak each scored six.

Prior to tip-off, a moment of silence was held in honor of Toby Hargadine, 37, a coach and substitute teacher at West Grand High School who was killed in a vehicle accident on Jan. 3.

On Saturday Collins scored 17 and Elsie Vasquez and Shay Glaser both scored nine in the Bulldogs' 60-23 win over Hayden.

On Jan. 8, Hotchkiss blanked Caprock Academy (1-8, 0-4), 76-0. The Bulldogs are currently in third place in 2A/1A Western Slope standings behind Plateau Valley and Meeker. They host Vail Christian (4-5, 1-2, 2A WSL) at 5 p.m. Friday.

In the third quarter of the Hotchkiss boys conference hoops game against West Grand Friday night, the Mustangs looked to be sailing to an easy win. The Bulldogs trailed by two at the half, but a scoring burst by the Mustangs left them trailing by 13 points.

But the Dogs didn't give up. Late in the third, they picked up the pace. Malykai Klaseen went to the line to hit one of two free throws, and with less than a minute left in the period, junior Zac Ziemer powered past the Mustang defense for a lay-up, leaving the bulldogs trailing, 41-34.

In the fourth, West Grand quickly ran the lead back to 12 when Bulldog Evan Mattison hit a three-point jump shot from the top of the arc. Mattison added two more points from down low to narrow the Mustangs lead down to seven. With just under five minutes remaining, point guard Marvin Guereque narrowed the lead to five on a jump shot, Jacob Palecki hit his third three-pointer of the night, and with four minutes remaining, the Bulldogs trailed by two.

A free throw by Hunter Bryant narrowed the lead to one. West Grand senior Austin Stauffer scored two quick goals, and with 1:44 to go, a Palecki goal narrowed the Mustangs lead back down to two. The Bulldogs got a break when West Grand defenders Luis Dominguez and Marcus Sanchez both fouled out in the final minute of regulation play. With 17 seconds remaining, Sanchez's final foul sent Bulldog senior Jacob Stucker to the line to shoot two free throws and send the game into overtime.

Palecki, who opened the game with three-pointers, ended the night with 19 points, and Stucker finished with 11. Mattison scored two three-point goals and 10 total points. The team made 7-of-18 from the foul line.

On Saturday Stucker scored 14 points and Hunter Bryant hit three, three-pointers in the Bulldogs' 56-32 conference win over the Hayden Tigers. Yahir Chavez hit two three-pointers in the win. On Jan. 8, Hotchkiss opened the new year with a 43-37 win at Caprock Academy in Grand Junction. The win gives Hotchkiss a 4-6 overall, 2-2 league record. They host 3-0 Vail Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Photo by Tamie Meck Junior Zac Ziemer scores a hard-earned goal late in the third period in Friday night’s 62-58 overtime loss to the West Grand Mustangs. The Bulldogs defeated Hayden Saturday, 56-32.
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