Devils cagers reload with speed |

Devils cagers reload with speed

Ian Cropp

GYPSUM – Eagle Valley girls basketball coach Jamie Mayne knows she may not have the tallest team in the league.But Mayne feels that what the team lacks in height can be made up in other ways.”We are expecting a fast-paced game,” Mayne said. “We need to execute our offense and crash the boards hard.”With speed and scrappy players, the Devils look to tire out other teams, find open space on offense and be pests on defense.Amanda Padilla and Rachel Sandoval are two returning starters who will lead the team at both ends of the court.”They have a lot of experience playing, and they are great shooters,” Mayne said. “Rachel is a good at driving the ball, and Amanda is a scrapper who loves to get her hands in on everything.”Padilla and Sandoval will be the shooting guards, while fellow senior Sarah Reed will bring the ball up the court at the point guard position.”Sarah brings a lot of intensity,” Mayne said. “She’s quick, knows what to do with the ball and can read (the play) pretty well.”Reed, along with post players Mary Cochrane and Jeannette Baker, will fill the spots of last year’s graduating starters, Kenzie Shreeve, Alex Amsden and Allison Colby.”Mary is strong, which helps us out a lot,” Mayne said. “She crashes the boards, gets the rebound and puts it back in.”Baker, at 5-foot-9, is the tallest starter, and will be able to box out well.Freshman Kacey Bair, along with seniors Callie Magdziuk and Chelsey Lueders round out the squad. Spread it outWith five capable shooters, the Devils have plenty of options on offense.”This year we’ll try to get the ball to our posts, then get it out because we have pretty good shooters,” Padilla said. “And we can shoot from all over.”Mayne thinks the best way to get the ball to open shooters is to have a lot of off-ball movement.”We are keeping everybody on the move all the time,” Mayne said. “Everyone is on the perimeter, and we’ll cut.”The movement will be more effective as most of the Devils can play just about any position on the court.”All of our guards are good ball-handlers, and can all play the one, two and three positions,” Reed said.One downside to the offense is that there will rarely be a player positioned under the basket to collect a rebound, so Mayne said that she’ll have everyone crashing the boards.Without size down low on defense, the Devils will use a tight man-to-man.”We can’t really take up the space that a zone requires,” Mayne said.Even before the opposition gets a chance to shoot, the Devils will look to grab some turnovers.”If we press, our guards are pretty fast to trap and steal the ball,” Padilla said. “That’s what we’ll look for so we can get a fast break.”Right now, the Devils need to work on getting into better physical condition. But once they do, they should be able to use their speed all game.”If we use it to our advantage, we can run other teams down,” Sandoval said.Tuesday, the Devils host Montrose at 6 p.m.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or, Colorado

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