GRAND JUNCTION - It's getting urgent all of a sudden down at the district tournament at Grand Junction.
That loosey-goosey feeling of "We just need one win to get to state?" It's gone.
Eagle Valley girls basketball is on the brink after a 53-40 loss to Palisade in the consolation bracket of the of the district tournament Friday.
It's now win or go home against either Steamboat Springs or Durango today at 10 a.m. at Central High School.
"They kind of out-muscled us," Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. "It was a tough game. They didn't kill us on the boards. It's just the same story. We got looks at the basket and we didn't make them."
This is the wrong time in the season to be in a offensive slump, and the answers have to come quickly. Taylor Martin led the Devils (12-8) with 13 points, while Megan Asmussen had seven.
"We have to come out and play hard," Bartlett said. "We have put ourselves in the position to accomplish our goals. We just have to have confidence in ourselves and each other. We just have to go get it.
Montrose 71, Huskies boys 43
Battle Mountain boys basketball is in the same boat as the Eagle Valley ladies after a 71-43 loss Friday to Montrose in Grand Junction.
The Huskies need to win today at 11:30 a.m. at Central against either Glenwood or Steamboat to make state. The interesting question is whom would they rather have? Glenwood is a lower seed than the Huskies, but the Demons have beaten Battle Mountain twice in the regular season. Meanwhile, Steamboat has a better record, but the Huskies have split with the Sailors in their two meetings.
Whoever it is, the Huskies (9-13) can't afford to skip a quarter. Battle Mountain trailed just 27-24 at halftime before the Indians erupted for 28 points in the third quarter.
Jerry Carrazco topped the Huskies with 12 points.
"We still have a chance," Huskies coach Tom Padilla said. "We haven't given up."
Palisade 49, Eagle Valley boys 44
Palisade has been the nut that Eagle Valley boys basketball hasn't been able to crack this year.
The Bulldogs struck for the third time this year with a 49-44 win over the Devils in the district semifinals Friday. Even though, the Devils (15-6) have the luxury of losing - they are in the state playoffs by virtue of their win Thursday - Eagle Valley head coach Jim Bair was not a happy camper after Friday's defeat.
"We were up going into the fourth quarter," he said. "We blew it. We played poor. This is the most disappointed I've been this year. We should have won. There are times that a team beats you and you're happy to be in it. We completely blew it."
Eagle Valley faces either Durango or Rifle today at 11:30 a.m. at Mesa.
Vail Christian 71, Vail Mountain 24
EDWARDS - Oh, by the way, Vail Christian boys basketball just set a school record for wins in a season by downing Vail Mountain, 71-24, Friday night at the Wheeler Athletic Center in Edwards.
The Saints are 14-4 overall and 9-2 in the 2A Slope going into today's regular-season finale against Plateau Valley. (Girls tip at 4 p.m., followed by the gents at 5:30 p.m.)
Vail Christian ended this early with a dominant first quarter. Sophomore Luke Berger ended up leading the Saints with 14 points. Also of note was a 10-point performance from Branden Currey, who is in his second weekend back from injury.
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