GLENWOOD SPRINGS - When a Lounsberry goes for 30 points, it's a good thing for Eagle Valley basketball.
Madeline Lounsberry had 30 points Friday night as the Devils knocked off the Demons, 50-48, in Eagle Valley's league opener. That snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Lady Devils against Glenwood, dating back to 2009. (Her brother, Sam, had 32 against Faith Christian in a win for the gents last weekend at the Demon Invitational.)
For the ladies, it was also a nice turnaround, having lost to these same Demons last weekend in tournament play.
"We really came through with level of confidence, knowing we could play with them," Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. "In the previous game, we were timid in the first quarter. We played four strong quarters tonight."
Mariel Gutierrez had 10 points, while Delaney Gaddis was clutch in the fourth quarter. Lauren Thorpe did the honors with the game-winner.
Eagle Valley upped its record to 4-2.
The boys team made it sweep later in the evening as the Devils topped Glenwood, 51-43. Nothing pretty about this one - like the girls, it was the second meeting in six days between the clubs - but it's a league win.
"It was a team effort," Devils coach Jim Bair said. "It was a grudge match. It was one of those games where you get in the trenches and battle."
Battling aside, the Devils boys are 5-1.
Eagle Valley hosts Rifle today at 2 and 3:30 p.m.
Huskies tie Kadets
VAIL - That's a great point for Battle Mountain hockey.
The Huskies earned it with a 5-5 tie against Air Academy Friday night at Dobson Arena.
Down 5-3 in the third period, Noah Beairsto, with help from Clayton Davis and Bjorn Bredeson, closed the Kadets' lead to one. Hunter Henderson scored the tying goal with assists going to Karl Norris and Ben Hymes.
After a difficult 1-18 season, the Huskies are already 2-2-1 heading into the holiday break. The Huskies are at Ralston Valley Jan. 11.
Palisade sweeps Huskies
PALISADE - Battle Mountain basketball had a rough go of it Thursday night in its return to league play.
The Huskies boys lost a heartbreaker, 45-44, to fall to 1-1 in 4A Slope action. Meanwhile, the girls dropped a 62-26 decision to the Bulldogs.
Battle Mountain has the weekend off before hosting Eagle Valley Tuesday. The girls tip at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.
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