Eagle Valley boys win two over the weekend
Ever since a disheartening 62-46 loss at Roaring Fork on Jan. 23, the Eagle Valley Devils have been mending the wound by punishing every team that dares to step on the floor with them.
The latest victims came this past weekend as Eagle Valley unloaded against Gunnison on its home floor Friday, winning 58-23, before traveling to Cedaredge on Saturday to put a spanking on the Bruins, 79-46.
“We got off to a really great start against Cedaredge,” said Devils coach Phil Cain, whose team ended the first quarter up, 30-7. “It was just great team basketball. We were really passing the ball really well, taking advantage of our fast break opportunities and really knocking down our open looks.”
As usual, Cody Gerard was suspect No. 1 in the Devils fast-paced assault on Cedaredge, dropping in 11 of his game-high 26 points in the first quarter.
Kevin Cruz also did some serious damage, scoring nine of his 13 points in the first quarter. It wasn’t just a two-man show, though, as nine Devils players scored on the night, with Jerad Schlegel finishing as the Devils third highest scorer with 10.
With the two wins Eagle Valley improved 10-3 overall and 8-1 in the 3A Slope.
“I think we’re getting there as far as our team goals,” said Cain “We’ve been improving every week. The confidence level has just been going up with each game.”
The Devils will look to make it four wins in a row today as they host West Grand, with the tip-off set for 8 p.m.
Lady Devils fall
The Eagle Valley girls team lost a tough one to Cedaredge last Saturday, 42-41.
The Devils were up, 20-18, at the half but couldn’t overcome a one-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, as each team scored 10 points and the Bruins held on for the win.
“It was just a great game,” said Lady Devils’ coach Mike Vidakovich. “Just two good teams out there battling hard until the very end.”
Stacie Santoro was the Devils leading scorer with 13 points and Kenzie Shreeve and Trista Sandoval each chipped in eight.
Alex Amsden also drained two three pointers for her six points and Amanda Padilla added five.
With the loss, the Lady Devils fell to 7-6 overall and 5-4 in 3A Slope play.
The team’s next test will come today at 6:30, when it hosts West Grand.
Huskies take Saints
The Vail Christian Saints lost to the Battle Mountain junior varsity team Monday night, but it wasn’t without a fight.
The Saints, facing their tallest opponent of the season, jumped out to a 16-10 lead after the first quarter, and held on to a slight one-point advantage at the half, but the Huskies bit back in the third.
Using its height to pull down offensive rebounds and continue to put up shots, Battle Mountain outscored the Saints 17-10 in the pivotal third period and then held on in the fourth for the win.
“The keys for us were our half court press,” said Saints coach Sheldon Kuhnse. “That seemed to work really well for us, and seemed to take them out of their game. The key for them was their rebounding. They had 20 offensive rebounds to our 11 that was really the difference in the game. They were just a little bit taller than the 1A teams that we are used to facing.”
The Saints leading scorer was Kyle Morris with twenty points. Matt Seatvet was also hot from the field, pouring in 13 and pulling down seven rebounds.
The Saints also fell at home against the Lutheran School of the Rockies last Saturday, 55-42.
“It was another tight game said Kuhnse. “We just couldn’t finish. They outscored us by 10 in the fourth quarter.”
With Monday’s loss, the Saints dropped to 1-4 in the 1A Mountain League and 2-7 overall.
Lady Saints win two
The Vail Christain girl’s team went 2-for-2 over the weekend, knocking off Crested Butte on Friday, 40-37, then taking down the Lutheran School of the Rockies, 46-17, Saturday afternoon.
Against Crested Butte, the Lady Saints found themselves in a hole early and couldn’t get untracked until the forth quarter when they went on a 15-9 run.
“The story of the game was that we weren’t executing well on offense throughout the first three quarters.” said Saints coach Pat Bodine. “Their press was really keeping us off balance, but in the fourth quarter when we needed it, we turned it on.”
Lauren Mutter stepped up huge for Vail Christian in the fourth, knocking down three field goals and the rest of the Saints continued to swarm on defense, forcing turnovers and pushing the offensive surge.
“Our full court press began to make a lot more of turnovers,” said Bodine. “Lauren Mutter just was huge. It was just a great game. When we needed it we just turned it on.”
Rachel Glandorf led Vail Christian with 27 points and Danielle Cavanaugh and Sarah Sparling each finished with two.
The game against the independent Lutheran Lions wasn’t much of a contest for the Lady Saints as Bodine’s team jumped out to an 18-6 lead and never looked back.
Glandorf again led all scorers with 11 and Cavanaugh finished with 10.
“We just came out the gate really stong wth great passing and good ball movement,” said Bodine. “We got good prssure from our diambond full court press, and got some easy early buckets. It was just a great, great game.”
Nate Peterson is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. He can be reached at 970-949-0555 ext. 608 or via e-mail at email@example.com