Demons down Eagle Valley boys, 54-39
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GYPSUM, Colorado ” The Eagle Valley boys basketball team lost on Tuesday night, but the Devils might have discovered a winning strategy ” playing hard-nosed defense.
The extra effort on the defensive end of the court nearly pushed Eagle Valley to a victory over rival Glenwood Springs. The Demons went on a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to put the Devils away, winning 54-39 in Gypsum.
“Defensively, I thought our effort was really good,” Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel said. “In fact, I think it’s our best defensive outing so far.”
The Devils held the Demons (7-5, 3-0) under 25-percent shooting in the first half, trailing only 24-18 at the break. In the third quarter, Eagle Valley’s energetic defense turned into offense, putting a scare into Glenwood.
Zach Ramsey started an 8-0 Devils run with a bucket inside. Willie Magdziuk made a nifty move past the defense to cut the deficit to 39-26. When Bryce Zehring hit a jumper in the lane, Eagle Valley was in striking distance of the lead at 39-30.
“The defense got us back into it,” Gabriel said. “It really helps when you make a few shots.”
Unfortunately for the Devils, the offensive output was inconsistent. Just when it looked like Eagle Valley could challenge Glenwood, the Demons’ long-distance shooting caught fire. Kevin Screen started the decisive run with a trey. Kevin Flohr hit two more 3-pointers to turn a close game into a 50-34 advantage.
“I think some our shots just started falling for us,” Glenwood coach Greg Hire said.
Glenwood’s defense took over from there, stifling any chance at a Devils’ comeback. Aside from Eagle Valley’s run late in the third quarter, the Demons’ defense was superb.
“We did a nice job applying a lot of pressure,” Hire said. “Our goal was to stop Cesar (Castillo). He’s such a quick player. He can create offense for the team. I thought our guys did a nice job of keeping him contained.”
Zehring led Eagle Valley (2-10, 0-3) with 10 points. Glenwood was paced Kevin Screen’s 16 points.
Eagle Valley is at Rifle on Friday.
Girls miss shots, chance at win
The Glenwood Springs girls basketball team started playing fast when it got patient.
The Demons’ superior execution on both ends of the court pushed them to a 66-42 victory over Eagle Valley in Gypsum on Tuesday night.
“In the first half, we were making one pass then trying to shoot,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. “I’m really trying to get this team to run and get moving. That’s been our objective to get out and get moving, but to make a smart pass. If it’s not there, kick it out and make the smart pass.”
The Demons made plenty of “smart” passes after halftime. After a competitive first half, Glenwood started to pull away in the third quarter. Tosha Derby drilled a 3-pointer on the Demons’ first possession after the break to give Glenwood a 35-20 lead.
Katrina Selsor added to the advantage with two straight buckets.
Selsor was a problem all night for Eagle Valley. She finished with 17 points despite
facing a box-and-one defense for much of the game.
“It’s a tough matchup you have there,” Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan said. “I think we did a good job in the first half, but we needed more on offense to go our way.”
When Selsor couldn’t get her hands on the ball, it was the Demons other players who made Eagle Valley pay. Kenzie Kuhns beat the defense for a pair of layups to make it 47-22 in Glenwood’s favor. The Demons outscored the Devils 19-8 in the third quarter.
“We know teams are going to be hard on Katrina, so we need other players to step up,” Derby said. “If we have her drive or post up, she always finds the open person. Now, we have confidence in everybody to hit the outside shot.”
Eagle Valley had chances in the first half to take the lead, but it couldn’t capitalize. The Demons’ full-court press and 2-3 zone gave the Devils fits.
Turnovers hurt Eagle Valley, but missed shots stung more. A handful of times, the Devils beat Glenwood’s press but couldn’t make a short shot attempt.
“We kept pushing the ball and making some turnovers,” Reagan said. “Then when we did push the ball up and get a layup, we missed it. You just can’t buy one sometimes.”
The Devils still managed to stay close before halftime. Kacey Bair scored inside off a feed from Yvette Parra to cut the deficit to 15-11. Later, Jazmin Zapata swished a floater to keep Eagle Valley within seven at 25-18.
Unfortunately for Eagle Valley, that’s as close as it got the rest of the night. Parra led the Devils with 10 points. Bair finished with eight in the loss.
Eagle Valley (3-8, 1-2) is back in action on Friday at Rifle.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 748-2935 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.