Eagle Valley girls top Saints
GYPSUM – You had to know this one was going down to the buzzer.Early in the third quarter of Tuesday’s game between Vail Christian and Eagle Valley JV, the Devils pulled even with the Saints, and the two teams went back and forth down the stretch.After a wild final two minutes, Eagle Valley held on to win, 52-49.
“I tried to get our second-string varsity players in to get some playing time and get some morale around here,” said Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan. “We moved the ball well, but we had too many turnovers and gave (Vail Christian) too many good looks at the basket.” The Saints carried a 28-24 lead into the half, and came out energized in the second half, but couldn’t break away from the Devils.”We had four layup opportunities, and I figure we normally score two or three of those, but when they didn’t go in, I realized we were keeping them hanging in there,” said Vail Christian coach Patrick Beaudine. “That’s basketball and that’s life – sometimes the ball goes in, and sometimes it doesn’t.”Eagle Valley, which led 12-8 after the first, regained the lead early in the fourth quarter when Yvette Parra stole a pass and went in for a layup.
With 1:50 left, the Devils held a 46-44 lead before the Saints’ Bianca Jensen stole the ball and converted on a one of two free throws. With 1:10 left, the Devils’ Miranda Aragon drilled a shot to make it 48-45, although the Saints’ Kirstie Eckert sunk two free throws to cut the deficit to one again.Then, on a missed Eagle Valley free throw, the Devils’ Jackie Eberhard grabbed the rebound and banked the ball off the backboard and into the net. “I knew I had to get it right when it came down,” said Eberhard, who had a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds.Vail Christian’s Danielle Cavanaugh, who was six-for-six from the line, sunk two free throws to make it 50-49 and the Saints immediately pressed the inbound pass. The Devils’ Elena Hernandez took the pass, and dribbled between three defenders before passing to teammate Jamie Mann, who made a field goal.
Along with Eberhard, Mann was also in double digits for the Devils with 10. Hernandez (7) and Parra (6) also contributed.The Saints spread out the scoring also, with Cavanaugh and Hannah Morris dropping 14 each, and Jensen grabbing 12.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.