Devils girls get the jump, down Steamboat
EDWARDS — Eagle Valley girls basketball did not start slowly against Steamboat Springs on Tuesday night in Gypsum.
The Devils needed all of the first three minutes to jump out to a 17-2 lead, avoiding the team’s tendency for slow starts, in a 62-42 win over the Sailors.
“Definitely, I really enjoyed our start,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. ”I’m still disappointed with our fourth quarter. We have yet to play four quarters. It’s a good problem to have when you’re winning games and you haven’t executed for four quarters.”
Eagle Valley (8-3 overall and 5-0 in the 4A Slope) pressed the Sailors early and often and turned turnovers into points. The statistical fun fact of that 17-2 run is that Kylie Martin, the team’s leading scorer, had only one field goal in that flurry, as the Devils showcased a bunch of weapons.
Eagle Valley’s Regan Bossow had eight of the first 17 points, while Raquel Pereida had five, including a trey. Ashley Floyd poured in another bucket and Martin for her aforementioned two.
“It was good,” Bossow said. “It shows that everyone on our team is on the team for a reason. Everyone contributes skills.”
The Devils kept going after the first 3:02, showcasing some newer names, including Ashley DuBeau and Magda Alderete off the bench. Not to be outdone, Martin finished the half with a flourish with six points in the final 24 seconds.
Bartlett also had some serious postgame props for Jaycee Beard, who was big on defense and on the glass.
Steamboat (3-8, 1-4) started the second half with a 7-0 run, two buckets from Jenna Miller and a 3 from Annie Osbourn, but the Devils quickly silenced that Martin 3-point play, and Floyd and Bossow shots.
“These kids play hard,” interim Steamboat coach Maggie Crouch said. “They were in the game. The first quarter did us in. But we had a lot of energy.”
Not surprisingly, Martin led the Devils with 24 points, while Bossow had 10.
Osbourn topped the Sailors with 13.
Sailors boys win rematch
Steamboat Springs boys basketball used a 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter, turning a 44-41 deficit into a 53-48 win over Eagle Valley on Tuesday in Gypsum.
Eagle Valley had won Round 1 of league play against the Sailors up north before the holiday break.
“Offensively, Ethan Riniker hit some big shots for us,” Sailors coach Mike VanDahl said. “We put in a couple of sets in for him this week. Overall, it was big. At halftime, I wasn’t too happy. They were physically beating us. (Eagle Valley’s Jesus Loera) was kicking our butt. Defensively, we doubled down on him late.”
And the Sailors (5-6, 2-3) finally got going.
Jonathan Rinck started the run with a jumper. Then, Riniker, playing with four fouls, hit two straight 3s, and that gave Steamboat the lead for good at 48-44.
“It was a little bit frustrating. I’ve had a few games like that,” Riniker said with regard to foul trouble. “You have to get past it and get ready to play.”
Riniker ended up with 21 points, while Rinck had 20.
The Devils (3-8, 1-4) didn’t score until there were 33 seconds left in the game. By that time, Riniker and Rinck had both sunk two free throws each and the Sailors led 53-44.
“Especially after beating them at their place, that was tough,” Eagle Valley coach Chris Walls said. “We were talking about it before the game. Steamboat usually comes out strong in the first quarter and its scoring decreases by quarter. We usually start slowly and build. Our goal was to come in stronger. We didn’t execute in the fourth quarter.”
And that would lead to the consistency motif that has been Eagle Valley’s season so far. Walls added that with Steamboat doubling down on Loera, the Devils were a little slow in getting the Sailors’ defense to move its feet to open up some scoring opportunities.
Eagle Valley did get balanced offense on Tuesday. Both Loeras (Arturo and Jesus) had 12 each, while Dawson Keller had 11 and Jimmy Murphy 10.
Both Steamboat squads are at Glenwood Springs on Saturday, while the Devils host Rifle on Friday.
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