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Eagle Valley girls lose to Delta, 56-48

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
EVBBB Castillo KA 10-24-09

DELTA, Colorado ” The Eagle Valley girls basketball team was within arms reach all game long against Delta on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Devils, they could never pull ahead.

Eagle Valley lost to the Panthers, 56-48, in Delta.

“They played a man-to-man and packed the middle in,” Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan said. “We just couldn’t hit from the outside. Our defense was pretty sluggish.”

A night after a heart-stopping comeback win against Palisade, the Devils (7-13, 5-7) couldn’t match their same energy level. The loss puts Eagle Valley into a tie in the standings with the Bulldogs in fourth place in the 4A Slope, but the Devils hold the all important tie-breaker after sweeping Palisade this season.

Reagan doesn’t even want to think about the postseason with two games remaining.

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“We have Battle Mountain on Tuesday, then we play Moffat County on Friday,” Reagan said.

Brenda Zapata paced Eagle Valley with 12 points. Jamie Bair added 10 points and Emily Kingston had seven.

The Huskies and Devils do battle at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Big lift quarter lifts Delta to win

The Eagle Valley boys basketball team didn’t change its strategy at halftime on Saturday. Instead, Delta did its damage by finding its shooting touch from the outside.

After leading 22-17 at the half, Eagle Valley (3-18, 1-11) was outscored 20-7 in the third period. The Panthers ended up winning the game, 53-39.

“The defense didn’t change much,” Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel said. “They just started shooting it better.”

While Delta had no problem scoring after halftime, the Devils couldn’t get their shots to fall.

Trevor Grayson led Eagle Valley with nine points. Chris Brubeck had seven points. Zach Ramsay added 12 blocks and 10 rebounds for the Devils.

Eagle Valley hosts Battle Mountain on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

“They are really excited (to face Battle Mountain),” Gabriel said. “It’s a fun game. It’s a rivalry game. It’s a county rivalry and the kids love it.”

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

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