Devils girls and Huskies boys advance |

Devils girls and Huskies boys advance

Local hoops teams went 2-for-4 Friday night in the first round of the state playoffs.The seventh-seeded Battle Mountain boys team rallied past 10th-seeded Conifer, 61-56, at Centaurus High School in Lafayette.The Eagle Valley girls team, playing as the higher seed in a No. 6 versus No. 11 matchup against Evergreen in Golden, rallied past the Cougars in the second half for a 55-41 win. The 12th-seeded Battle Mountain girls lost to No. 5 seed Mullen, 70-33, at Moffat County High School in Craig, and the Eagle Valley boys team, seeded ninth, ended its season with a 68-56 loss to eighth-seeded Ranum in Steamboat Springs. The Huskies boys take on No. 2 seed Centaurus (20-3) tonight at 7:30 in Lafayette. The Lady Devils will have their hands full with No. 3 seed Berthoud (18-5) in Golden at 6 p.m.Huskies use balanced attack The key to victory Friday for the Battle Mountain boys was a versatile offensive attack.The Huskies fed the ball down low early to posts Connor Drumm and Trent Beckly, each of whom finished with 14 points, to jump out to a 36-21 lead at halftime. There was also clutch perimeter shooting from Rogelio Loya, Kyle Leffler and Vinny Cisneros to keep the Lobos honest.”We had pretty good balance,” coach Phil Tronsrue said. “We were having good perimeter game, and we were pounding the ball inside when we wanted to.”Loya hit two 3-pointers in the first half, and Cisneros and Leffler each had one.In the second half, Conifer’s Nick Lawrence put the offensive onus on himself and slashed through the Husky defense for a game-high 18 points.The superb individual performance was no match for the balanced Battle Mountain attack. Leffler finished with 13 points, and Loya added six. Senior forward Clint Wilson also had five. Looking ahead to tonight’s Centaurs game, Tronsrue said he expects a fast-paced offensive shootout.”I do know a little bit about them,” Tronsrue said. “They have some really good guards, and they’re a pretty high-powered team. They like to get the ball up and down the floor a lot. A lot of their games are in the high 70s and 80s.”Lady Devils shake off nervesPlaying in a foreign environment against an unfamiliar opponent, the Eagle Valley girls came out a little sluggish Friday night in Golden.”There was definitely some nerves,” coach Jamie Mayne said. “We came out slow in the first half, then they really picked it up at the end of the first quarter and at the beginning of the second quarter.”The Devils, only up 26-20 at the break, finally found their stride in the fourth quarter after the Cougars outscored them 12-11 in the third quarter. Senior post Kenzie Shreeve finished with a game-high 16 points, and junior shooting guard Rachel Sandoval added 10. Sarah Reed and Amanda Padilla both added seven points, and senior Heather Mann had six. Mayne said tonight’s matchup against Berthoud, a team with similar personnel, could be a defensive battle. “They’re pretty even with us,” Mayne said. “They have some tall girls and they have some shooting guards, so I think it’s going to be a head-to-head competition. Whoever plays better defense is going to be the team that wins.”Final recordsWith the loss to Mullen, the Battle Mountain girls finish the season 8-15 overall. The Eagle Valley boys finish 10-12.Staff Writer Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at Vail, Colorado

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