Lady Devils fall to Berthoud |

Lady Devils fall to Berthoud

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Eagle Valley girls end season with 42-28 loss in state playoff finalsBy Shauna FarnellVail Daily Sports WriterBERTHOUD – It was all tears in the Eagle Valley girls basketball locker room Saturday night after the Lady Devils went down, 42-28, to No. 3-seeded Berthoud in the state playoff finals. “It was a bad ending to a good season,” said Eagle Valley head coach Jamie Mayne. “Berthoud was a really good team. They were doubling down on Kenzie really hard.”The game marked the first faceoff between Eagle Valley and Berthoud. Despite being tightly guarded throughout the game, Devils senior post Kenzie Shreeve still managed to finish as Eagle Valley’s high scorer, but with only 9 points. Sarah Reed and Whitney Beasley put in 5 each.”It wasn’t a high-scoring game at all,” Mayne said. “(Berthoud’s players) are not amazing shooters. We definitely stopped them. It wasn’t like they blew us out.”Eagle Valley led the first quarter, 10-9. But then Berthoud outscored the Devils by 10 points in the second, and, leading 37-21 at the end of the third, had enough of a lead to finish off the Devils.Mayne said the Devils played tight defense. Shreeve had seven total rebounds and Amanda Padilla had five. Still, the pressure of state-level competition and nerves got the best of Eagle Valley.”We just couldn’t pull it out. We didn’t play our game,” Mayne said. “There was a lot of hype behind this game, and the girls were putting a lot of pressure on themselves to win. We kind of came out flat. They picked it up at the end of the first, but in the second quarter, Berthoud really picked it up.”Although there was a thick veil of disappointment surrounding Eagle Valley players and staff alike immediately following Saturday’s game, Mayne said she is still very pleased with the season and with her team’s overall performance.”I think they were amazing stepping up to 4A and doing this well,” she said. “The girls did everything I asked of them. It was an honor to work with those girls. The whole locker room was crying after the game. It was a big bawl fest. But a lot of that was hugs for everybody.”Vail, Colorado

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