TELLURIDE – The Miner boys toppled their competition last weekend, trumping Ouray, 74-56, and Dolores, 80-68, in Homecoming games at the Miner Dome.
And while the two wins boosted the Miner varsity record to a praiseworthy 12-1, the team is keeping their aspirations grounded – even if their feet frequently aren’t.
With three weeks left in the regular season and some tough competition looming on the horizon, head basketball coach Mike Hughes says the Miners must zero in on fine-tuning their game in the coming weeks leading up to the District Tournament. While they have emerged as the region’s team to beat this season, last weekend’s close games serve as proof that the Miners can’t let up.
“We didn’t play our best basketball. We were a little slow with some defensive rotations and didn’t have one of our all-around better weekends,” Hughes said of last weekend’s matches, noting that Ouray and Dolores both leapt into the fray with raised hackles. “I give a lot of credit to Ouray and Dolores. They both played really well and caused us a lot of problems. With that said, our kids really buckled down in both games when they needed to.”
On Friday, senior Ian MacCracken led the charge with a total of 27 points, while partner in crime Mike Matthews posted 11 assists and ten rebounds. MacCracken was again the Miners’ high scorer on Saturday against Dolores, putting 21 points on the board for Telluride while Matthews, Carl Schroedl, Jarred Brown, and Kevin Doody were all in the double-digits in scoring.
The Miners travel to Ridgway this Friday, followed by a home game against Mancos on Saturday. They will host Norwood and Ignacio on Feb. 13 and 14. Hughes expects that the coming games will be good tests for the mighty Miners, a team whose reputation as a slam-dunking, alley-ooping, three-pointer-dropping freight train tends to bring out the best in their competition.
“The teams we have the next couple of weeks are all excellent teams and our level of consistency and effort needs to be better,” he said, noting that Telluride has been focusing on its “areas of concern” in recent practices.
“We are still looking for a little more consistency, but we still have three weeks of the regular season to go and will continue to work and get better,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Lady Miners succumbed to Dolores on Saturday, 52-32. Their record now stands at 3-10.
And in royalty news, Hannah Smith was crowned Telluride High School Homecoming Queen on Saturday, surrounded by her court consisting of Natalie Brown, Maddie Crowell and Madison Ward. Walker Hollrah was awarded the king’s crown, as fellow king’s court members Kirk Holstrom, Carl Schroedl, and Creek Tompkins looked on.