Eagle Valley girls hold off Palisade | VailDaily.com

Eagle Valley girls hold off Palisade

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Charles Broshous | special to the dailyEagle Valley's Brenda Zapata tries to go around the Palisade defense during Friday night's game. The Devils held on to win, 47-45.

PALISADE, Colorado ” The Eagle Valley girls basketball team is learning how to win close games.

On Friday night, the Devils held off a Palisade rally to win, 47-45. The victory improves Eagle Valley’s record to 5-9 overall and 2-3 in the Slope.

The victory is significant because of the Devils’ trouble in hanging onto to halftime leads this season. In a handful of games, Eagle Valley went into the break holding a lead, only to see it slip away in the second half.

“It’s a huge win,” Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan said. “We are starting a three-game set where we believe we can be competitive (Palisade, Delta, Battle Mountain). Palisade is a good team. They are pretty scrappy. It was a nice win. We learned a little bit about winning close games.”

A big second quarter staked the Devils to a 25-18 lead after two periods. Just like in previous games this season, Eagle Valley’s opponent came back, only this time the Devils didn’t give in.

Eagle Valley and Palisade traded baskets in a back-and-forth fourth quarter, but clutch free-throw shooting by Hillary Schott sealed the win.

Schott nearly recorded a double-double for the Devils. She notched eight points and 11 rebounds. Jamie Bair led Eagle Valley with 13 points.

Kacey Bair added six points and 10 rebounds. Brenda Zapata had 10 points for Eagle Valley.

“We had balanced scoring (tonight),” Reagan said. “We had some outside shots go in for us with Brenda. Then we had some inside scoring with Kacey and Jamie.”

Eagle Valley is back in action tonight when it hosts Delta at 4 p.m.

Turnovers hurt boys

Missed shots and turnovers hurt the Eagle Valley boys basketball team against Palisade. The Devils hung close through much of the first half, but ended up falling, 65-50.

The Bulldogs broke open a close game in the second quarter to head into halftime up 12 points. In the second half, Eagle Valley did its best to get back into the game, but the shots didn’t fall.

“We just didn’t shoot it well again,” Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel said. “We had opportunities. We were really close for most of the first half. They sort of pulled away.”

Chris Brubeck, Zach Ramsey and Brett Wilson all had 10 points for the Devils.

Eagle Valley hosts Delta at 5:30 p.m.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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