Medvesk leads Tigers against Saints |

Medvesk leads Tigers against Saints

Hayden junior Kyra Roladno flies through the Vail Christian defense Friday night as the Tigers surged early to handle the Saints. Rolando led her team with 18 points.

— The Vail Christian boys basketball team opened Friday night's game against Hayden throwing haymakers. The Tigers were able to answer the bell, however, and in the end delivered a late knockout.

Hayden held off the Saints, 66-52.

"That was a fun game," Hay­den coach Mike Luppes said. "We played well. I was pleased."

The difference in the game was Hayden's Graig Medvesk and his incredibly hot hand from beyond the arc. The junior guard drained five 3-pointers in the evening and seemed to single-handedly have an answer for every Vail Christian charge.

He finished with 10 field goals, seven points from the free-throw line, eight rebounds and, most importantly, 30 total points.

The Saints pieced together their finest basketball to open the game and had a 20-13 lead late in the opening period. But Medvesk canned a trey, and Rene Valdez completed an and-one opportunity to pull the Tigers within one.

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Medvesk went off again to break the game open in the second quarter. He hit his third 3-pointer of the game for a 26-24 lead, then stole a ball and, lying on his back, tossed it ahead to Dylan Sather, who laid it in for two more points.

Valdez added a pair of free throws later in the period to extend the lead to 10. Hayden led by as many as 14 in the second half. A late Vail Christian surge cut it to six twice, but a pair of free throws from Sather and five more consecutive points from Medvesk slammed the door.

Medvesk may have had gaudy stats, but he also had plenty of help. Valdez scored nine and pulled down 13 rebounds. Murphy Smartt poured in 11 and scooped up 12 boards.

Hayden girls explode past Vail Christian team, 64-32

The girls game ran a similar course to the boys: close early and more open as time went on.

The team, 9-3, eventually won, 64-32.

Hayden had hoped to cruise through the matchup and be ready for a big three-game week. The team led by only two midway through the second quarter, however, at 14-12. Coach Eric Hamilton benched his starters for the first two minutes of the quarter, and it was only after they came back that the Tigers began to find traction on a tough Vail Christian squad.

After scoring two points in the first two minutes of the second quarter, Hayden poured in 21 in the remaining six minutes. By the arrival of halftime, the game was effectively over.

"We were really pumped up for Snowcoming and the big crowd," Kyra Rolando said.

She led the team with 18 points, but everyone took part in the win. Delanie VeDepo had 11, and Erin Koehler had 10 to join the junior guard in double figures. All 12 players suited up for varsity scored in the game.

"It's going to be all about inten­­sity in practice," VeDepo said, looking ahead to a tough week. "Our team really wants this bad."

Boys game statistics

Hayden 66, Vail Christian 52

Vail Christian — Fernando Hernandez 4 0-2 10, Teller Emmer 2 0-0 4, Granger Moch 7 0-0 16, Nigel Johnsen 1 3-3 5, Larry Cavanaugh 3 5-6 11, Kieran Hurtt 1 0-0 2, Linder 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 8-11 52.

Hayden — Graig Medvesk 10 7-10 30, Rene Valdez 3 3-5 9, Dylan Sather 0 2-2 2, Raul Valdez 1 0-0 3, Ben Williams 3 3-4 9, Murphy Smartt 5 1-4 11. Totals 20 16-25 66.

3 pointers: Vail Christian (4) — Hernandez 2, Emmer 2. Hayden (5) — Medvesk 5.

Girls game statistics

Hayden 64, Vail Christian 32

Vail Christian — Mckenzie O’Brien 3 2-2 9, Alexis Ellsworth 2 1-2 5, Emily Irwin 0 0-3 0, Ashlyn Gruber 5 3-4 13, Dakota Francis 1 3-5 5. Totals 11 9-16 32.

Hayden (9-3) — Rachael Koehler 0 3-4 3, Taylor Petersen 1 0-0 3, Morgan Bell 3 0-0 7, Kyra Rolando 7 4-7 18, Erin Koehler 5 0-0 10, Lindsay Parrott 1 0-0 2, Delanie VeDepo 4 2-4 11, Jennifer Bugg 0 1-2 1, Amber Sather 2 0-3 4, Brette Frentress 1 0-0 2, Aubree Haskins 0 1-2 1, Calla Manzanares 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 11-22 64.

3-pointers: Vail Christian (1) — O’Brien. Hayden (2) — Petersen, VeDepo.