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Eagle Valley boys basketball gets bounce back win over Grand Valley

Eagle Valley girls pick up 38-29 win over Rifle

Eagle Valley's boys and girls basketball teams earned neutral-site victories on Thursday night in Basalt. The girls beat Rifle 38-29 while the boys crushed Grand Valley 70-29.
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Eagle Valley jumped out to a 26-5 first quarter lead in Thursday night’s neutral-site contest against Grand Valley and cruised to a 70-29 bounce-back win. The Devils are 3-2 entering Friday’s game against a high-scoring Kent Denver (3-2) team in the second contest of the Longhorn Classic Tournament in Basalt.

“Team defense was the key,” stated coach Justin Brandt, whose team only allowed one field goal in the first half. The Cardinals scored the rest of their points on free throws, while the Devils were led by a hot start from Elias Pena and Nikko Von Stralendorff. Brandt noted the passing of Branden Villalobos and Kevin Hasley in the early goings of the game as being important to getting the offense churning right away and the contributions of sophomore Parker Newbanks, who scored 12 points off the bench. All in all, 11 different players scored for the Devils in the win.

The Eagle Valley girls were also in Basalt, picking up a 38-29 win over Rifle on Thursday night. The Devils moved to 3-3 with the victory, their second in a row. Josie Fitzsimmons scored 14 points — her fourth straight game in double figures — to lead the team in points. Kassie Carpenter added seven points as eight Devils pitched into the scoring effort.

“We were able to stretch our biggest lead of the night to 15 by making some defensive adjustments in the second half — by putting Talia Crawford in as the anchor of our full-court pressure,” head coach Vinny Cisneros stated.

“Her length and energy changed the momentum for us in the second half. Overall it was a great team win to put us into the winners side of the bracket.”

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Fitzsimmons and Zakia Shreeve helped out on the defensive end, too, with three steals, while C.J. Yurcak controlled the boards with six rebounds, including providing four second-chances on the offensive end. Yurcak also had five assists.

The Devils play Kent Denver Friday night at 7 p.m.

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