Eagle Valley Devils win a thriller at the buzzer
GYPSUM — Truth be told, it was a broken play.
Tied at 59 with 10 seconds to go in overtime against Rifle, Eagle Valley girls basketball coach Sam Bartlett called a timeout.
“I just wanted us to set up something familiar,” Bartlett said. “We wanted to get the ball inside.”
Instead, Mariel Gutierrez had trouble with the inbound pass, and the designed play was out the window. Gutierrez got the ball out to Megan Asmussen who jarred a game winning 3 for a stunning 62-59 victory over the Bears on Senior Day on Saturday in Gypsum.
“A couple of people said I jumped higher than they’ve ever seen me jump,” Bartlett joked. “It’s moments like this that you put in all the hard work, to get that special feeling.”
And, just remember, for future reference, say, at the reunion in 20 years, during the timeout, the Devils were planning to go outside for a 3 all the way.
“You remember that Rifle game when Megan called for the 3 in the huddle.” That’ll be Eagle Valley’s story, and we’re all sticking to it.
However it’s remembered, Saturday was a big win in the here and now. First off, it avenged a bad 44-39 loss to the Bears in Rifle. Second, it upped Eagle Valley’s record to 12-6 overall and 8-4 in the 4A Slope. The Devils officially clinched a spot in the district tournament spot later this month in Grand Junction.
Eagle Valley had to overcome a spectacular performance by Chante Church, who had 22 points and passed the 1,000-point mark in her career with the Bears. Church hit two big 3s to send this to overtime in the first place.
The Devils fell behind by two late in the extra frame, before Gutierrez was as cool as the other side of the pillow, sinking two freebies to tie it at 59.
Taylor Martin had 21 points for the Devils, while Lauren Thorpe and Gutierrez both had 11. And that made it a memorable Senior Day for Asmussen, Thorpe and Michelle Carbajal.
In the boys’ game, Eagle Valley fell to Rifle, 45-25. Nonetheless, the Devils feted seniors, Noah Ejnes, Turner Glissman, David Ortiz, Alan Caraveo, Travis Edgar and Josh Gagnon.
Eagle Valley’s teams finish the regular season with dates at Palisade on Friday and at Steamboat Springs on Saturday.
Demons sweep Huskies
Glenwood Springs girls basketball clinched the 4A Slope on Saturday with a 50-18 win over Battle Mountain.
In the boys’ game, the Huskies fell, 45-32.
Saints fall at Rangely
Too bad one can only buy gas at the pump.
Vail Christian basketball, finishing its second set of three games in a week, was out of gas at Rangely on Saturday.
The boys bowed to the Panthers, 54-41, scoring only 13 points during the first half. Branden Currey had a team-high 16 points.
“We’re a little disappointed with the weekend,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said of losses to Meeker on Friday and Rangely on Saturday. “But we still need to realize that we’re where we want to be. Playing these 2A schools will help us prepare for the postseason.”
The Saints (11-4) were 8-for-28 from the line, but at least they got to the line. (That’s a little Meeker humor, people.)
Vail Christian girls basketball led the Panthers, 16-14, at the half before falling, 33-25.
“We played very tired,” Saints coach Doug Bruce said. “I told the girls that I thought they were giving everything they had. It wasn’t effort. They just looked sluggish.”
The bad news is that Vail Christian has three games again next week. The good news is that the travel should be a bit easier. The Saints are home for Paonia on Tuesday and host North Park on Friday before heading to West Grand on Saturday.
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