Eagle Valley girls drop a heartbreaker at Palisade
PALISADE – Getting closer.
After a difficult 71-29 season-opening loss to Delta Tuesday, Eagle Valley nearly pulled out a win Friday night, falling at Palisade, 53-51, Friday night.
The Devils got off to a strong start with a 17-6 lead in the first quarter.
“”With experience, our nerves are going to get better,” Eagle Valley coach Sam Bartlett said. “In the first quarter, we came out focused on what we can do. In the third quarter, we got a little fidgety and lost track of our defense. But experience in tight games is really great. They could have packed it in in the fourth quarter, but they’re maturing before my eyes.”
Cori Cramer led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds. Taylor Martin had a double-double with 10 points and 10 off the boards. Mariel Gutierrez also had 10 points.
Eagle Valley heads to Moffat County Friday for another Slope tilt.
VMS bows to Soroco
EAST VAIL – Despite big performances from Shawn McKeever and Paco Holguin, Vail Mountain basketball dropped a 63-49 decision to Soroco Friday afternoon.
McKeever had 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, while Holguin logged 16, 12 and three, respectively, despite fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
As VMS continues to build its program, the Gore Rangers are encountering a common problem with young teams – maintaining the intensity for 32 minutes. Friday’s third quarter against the Rams did in VMS.
“I’m not worried about us,” Gore Rangers coach Wilton Anderson said. “This is a game we could have and should have won. It’s focus. They focus for three quarters and, every game, it’s cumulatively one quarter where they leave something behind.”
VMS (1-2) heads to West Grand today to face the Mustangs.
Huskies hockey falls
VAIL – Battle Mountain hockey had a rough go of it Friday night at Dobson Arena, falling to Ralston Valley, 5-0.
Chris Lupinski and Darius Maes had two goals each for the visiting Mustangs as the Huskies fell to 0-7-1.
The Huskies are at Resurrection Christian today at 3 p.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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