EDWARDS - Battle Mountain girls' basketball snapped its nine-game losing streak with a 55-23 victory over Summit County, making Huskies' fans feel a little lighter Tuesday night.
"It feels like a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders," Huskies coach Vinny Cisneros said. "The girls have been so resilient. The old saying goes, 'Coaches lose games and players win games.' The girls played a great game."
Whatever the adage is, give yourself a W, Vinny.
Battle Mountain (2-9 overall and 2-4 in the 4A Slope) burst out to a 16-0 lead and never looked back. While this season has not gone as well as hoped for both Shrine Pass rivals, this was a particularly bitter pill for the Tigers (1-10, 0-7) and their head coach Dylan Hollingsworth.
"It's unacceptable," he said. "The way we played was unacceptable. Our attitude was unacceptable. We just can't play like that."
The Huskies shed, at least temporarily, the slow starts that have plagued them this season. Battle Mountain's Michelle Rios, Logan Nash and Taylor Davidson all had field goals in the first quarter, staking the Huskies to a 9-0 lead after eight minutes.
Nash and Davidson struck again and then Ali Teague hit from beyond the arc for a 16-0 lead. Summit's Meg Heil broke up the run with a Tigers' basket with 6:24 left in the first half.
The Huskies kept coming, though.
"Starting slow has been our nemesis all year long," Cisneros said. "I told the girls, challenged them not to wait until we were down by 20 (points) before playing with full intensity. They did that. They played like they were down, and built on that."
Of particular concern to Hollingsworth was his team's rebounding - or primarily, the lack thereof.
"We got killed on the boards," he said. "We have to take boxing out seriously. We've got to rebound better or this is going to be a long season."
Hollingsworth's frustration peaked in the third quarter when he got a technical foul.
Summit has Delta at Farmer's Korner at noon Saturday.