Devils finally take down Glenwood Springs
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley boys basketball exorcised its Demons Thursday night at long last.
And the Devils did in a smashing fashion, running Glenwood Springs out of the gym with a 28-5 – that is not a typo – first quarter en route to a 69-52 win. Just as with beating Steamboat Springs Saturday, Tuesday’s win was Eagle Valley’s first over the Demons in recent memory. What’s more, Glenwood Springs had beaten Eagle Valley, 60-53 in a nonconference game back in December in Garfield County.
Yes, Eagle Valley was on fire with 5-for-5 3-point shooting in that frame, but the Devils were firing in all aspects of the game with a tenacious press, rebounding when Glenwood got to the ball down the court and highlight-reel passing.
Glenwood actually led 3-0 – oh, the horror – and then the Devils got going. Tim Wells and Ayren Hart got easy chip-ins. Then Wells struck from downtown, followed by a Jeremy Sabo slam.
Ryan Werner and Sabo got the next two buckets before point-guard Juan Baca hit from beyond the arc. Sam Lounsberry wasn’t left out on the action with a lay-up, making it 16-3. Wells and Baca went back-to-back with 3-pointers and Lounsberry and Sabo finished up the prolific quarter with field goals.
The onslaught continued in the second quarter, which ended with the Devils leading, 44-19. One note of concern was that Lounsberry went down with what appeared to be a left-ankle injury, and did not return.
With the win, Eagle Valley upped its record to 10-4 overall and 4-1 in the 4A Slope. The Devils have now won four straight games and host Battle Mountain on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Demons too much for Lady Devils
GYPSUM – The first quarter was so good. Eagle Valley girls basketball competed with Glenwood Springs, one of the best teams in the 4A Slope, trailing only 12-9 after eight minutes.
Then the Devils went silent – no field goals for the entire second quarter, and that stretch continued until there was 6:06 left in the third period when Mariel Gutierrez finally dropped in a lay-up, ending the drought.
By the time the game reached midway through the third, Glenwood Springs had outscored the Devils 18-5 on its way to a 58-26 win Thursday night in Gypsum.
“The second quarter was the difference,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “I thought out defense did well. We need to do a better job of getting our hands up. If they get open, they can knock down a shot.”
Bartlett felt his offense was patient and opportunistic in the first quarter, but then started to stand around too much.
“When you get stagnant, that’s when you commit turnovers,” he said.
Delany Gaddis paced Glenwood with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Connor Adams and Cassidy Gaddis each had nine for the Demons. Madeline Lounsberry topped Eagle Valley with nine points, while Cori Cramer chipped in seven.
With the loss, Eagle Valley fell to 3-11 overall and 0-5 in the 4A Slope. The Devils conclude the first half of the league season with archrival Battle Mountain coming to town on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. tip-off.
Eagle Valley will hope to get well against the Huskies. The Devils will be favored, but it should be noted that the Huskies were in an underdog role during the two teams’ last meeting in Gypsum and Battle Mountain came away with the win.
“No bulletin board material,” joked Bartlett, a veteran of the rivalry as a player. “It’s not hard to get up for. You want to be boss of the valley and you have two times to prove it.”
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