Devils, Saints pick up key road wins
Late in the season, those road wins become more precious. Just ask the Eagle Valley boys basketball team and the Vail Christian girls. This duo went into Roaring Fork and Crested Butte, respectively, this weekend and came away with big victories.
Lady Saints edge Titans
CRESTED BUTTE – The Vail Christian girls team will have pig-tail Tuesday off, thanks to a 36-31 win at Crested Butte Saturday.
The win moves the Saints back to the .500-mark at 8-8 overall and 2-5 in the 1A Mountain League. But, more importantly to Saints coach Patrick Beaudine, his team showed its heart come crunch time.
“The big thing is that we had to win this game,” he said. “We told them in the locker room that this was a must-win situation to get out of pig-tails. And they did it. It’s got to be encouraging for them.”
The Saints got off to an encouraging start leading 23-10 at the intermission. Rachel Glandorf was on her way to putting up a game-high 18 points. Brittany Beshoner had six, while Brooke Horan-Kates, Lauren Mutter and Amanda Larson each had four.
But it got close in the fourth quarter, when the Saints were hanging on to a 34-31 lead. The Titans went for the 3 to tie, but Glandorf came up with the big rebound and spun a nice pass to Beshoner down the court. Beshoner got the layin and the Saint’s win was in the bank.
Vail Christian heads to DeBeque Friday night for its regular-season finale.
Schlegel lifts Devils at the buzzer
CARBONDALE – After a rough start to the season, the Eagle Valley boys team is starting to win the close ones, a good sign with districts looming in two weeks.
Having edged Basalt earlier in the week in overtime, Phil Cain’s crew came out with a squeaker at the buzzer Friday night at Roaring Fork. Tied 50-50 with just seconds left, the Devils got off a shot, but it was an air ball. Jared Schlegel was johnny-on-the-spot, though, with the rebound and the putback as the horn went off for a 52-50 win.
“That’s monster confidence,” Cain said. “They beat us earlier in the season. We’d lost a few close games to West Grand and Hotchkiss last week. Now we beat Basalt in OT and now Roaring Fork. I’m really proud of our guys.”
Craig Jagger led the Devils with 23 points, while Justin Wood had nine. Cain also singled out Sean Bartlet for his great defensive efforts.
Eagle Valley (5-8 in the 3A Slope and 6-12 overall) hosts Olathe Friday at 8 p.m.
Saints boys fall at Crested Butte
CRESTED BUTTE – The results haven’t come yet for the Vail Christian boys basketball team in the win column, but the young Saints are certainly getting closer.
Sheldon Kuhns’ crew led at the half Saturday afternoon at Crested Butte 21-20, before a three-point third quarter doomed the Saints to a 45-34 loss.
“We fell apart during the third quarter. That’s where we lost the game,” Kuhns said. “We’re becoming a real competitive basketball team. Our goal is to improve as a team every game and so, from that perspective, today was a success.”
Matt Seatvet had a huge game for the Saints with 16 points and 19 rebounds. Jonathon Armstead chipped in 10 points and five boards.
Vail Christian is at Debeque Friday night.
Chris Freud is the sports editor for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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