Lady Devils fall to Roaring Fork, 52-48 |

Lady Devils fall to Roaring Fork, 52-48

CARBONDALE – It was a tale of two halves Tuesday night at Roaring Fork for the Eagle Valley girls basketball team.A forgettable first half was the one that did the Devils in, as the Rams jumped out to a 10-point lead at the break and then withstood a stellar defensive performance from Eagle Valley in the final 16 minutes for a 52-48 win.First-year Devils coach Jamie Mayne was pleased with her team’s effort after it emerged from the locker room at halftime Tuesday, but insisted that her team needs to be more prepared at the start of games if it hopes to be successful.”Roaring Fork is a great team,” she said. “The girls just weren’t ready to play in the first half. We kind of dug ourselves a hole. The girls worked their tails off in our press (in the second half), but we just couldn’t get what we needed to make up for what we did to ourselves in the first half.”After a defensive struggle in the third quarter, with the Devils outscoring the Rams, 10-8, Eagle Valley got untracked offensively in the fourth quarter for 17 points.

The Rams managed to score 13 points of their own, however, in the final period to hold on for the win.Kenzie Shreeve was the most consistent offensive presence for Eagle Valley. The senior post player sank seven field goals and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line for a total of 16 points. Shreeve also yanked down seven rebounds, racked up two blocked shots and had a pair of steals.Senior guard Alex Amsden, who connected for a trio of 3-pointers, was the Devils second-leading scorer with nine points. Amsden also had six steals and three assists.Senior Stacie Santoro added five points for Eagle Valley off 3-for-4 shooting from the stripe and one field goal and also pulled down four rebounds. With the loss Eagle Valley fell 5-7 overall. Mayne said she hopes her girls will come out with more energy at the start of their games this Friday and Saturday. The Devils tip off at 6 against Palisade Friday night at home and then again at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Delta. “We’re working on our defense and our press a little bit,” she said. “We’re hoping we can refine those. Hopefully, come Friday and Saturday, they’ll be prepared both physically and mentally.”

Rams roll past boysCody Gerard’s offensive mastery wasn’t enough to keep the final score close in the Devils’ boys game against Roaring Fork. The Eagle Valley senior poured in 18 points Tuesday against the Rams, but was outdone by 21-point performances from Roaring Fork’s Nic Lough and Christian Tena in a 63-49 Devils’ loss.The Rams led, 30-13, at halftime and cruised to the win in the second half.

David Hernandez had seven points for Eagle Valley and Andy Johnson added five. With the defeat, the Devils fell to 5-7 overall.Next up for Eagle Valley is a home matchup Friday against league foe Palisade at 7 p.m.Staff Writer Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at Colorado

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