Devils basketball reaches state
As Eagle Valley girls basketball coach Mike Vidakovich said, it will be a parochial first round for Devils basketball as the girls face Faith Christian and the guys play Denver Christian.
The boys defeated Gunnison on Saturday in the third-place game, 59-43, which sends them to Roaring Fork on Friday for a game against Denver Christian at 4 p.m. The girls lost to Cedaredge on Saturday, 46-43, which means they’re heading to Arvada on Friday to face Faith Christian at 6 p.m.
The boys had little trouble with Gunnison, but the girls’ struggle was a bit more interesting.
Cedaredge took a 17-6 lead into the second quarter, so the Devils were in a tight spot. Eagle Valley set goals of the ground they would make up over the course of the next two quarters, and the Devils succeeded. The Devils won the second quarter, 17-11, and the third quarter, 17-7.
“I was really proud of the way that the girls fought back,” said Vidakovich. “It would have been easy to throw in the towel. To be down 17-6 and actually come back and have a 10-point lead is pretty good.”
Though the Devils had a 10-point lead at one point, they failed to score a field goal in the fourth quarter – their only points coming from three free throws by Kenzie Shreeve.
Shreeve and Amanda Padilla led the team with 10 points. Shreeve also had 13 rebounds, and Trista Sandoval added eight points and had four assists.
“I thought Alex Amsden played a really good all-around floor game,” said Vidakovich. “But, we only made 12 of 26 free throws, so that’s kind of been our Achilles’ heel all season.”
The Lady Devils faced Faith Christian earlier in the season and lost, 56-43. Things might have been different had Eagle Valley not been missing three starters.
“We’re feeling like this is a team we have a good chance against,” Vidakovich said of the seventh-ranked Eagles. “They’re a solid team, but they have no outstanding players.”
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