Late preps: Devils upset in Delta
DELTA – Eagle Valley boys basketball hit a serious bump in the road Friday night with a 77-59 loss at Delta.
That is Eagle Valley’s second loss in league play (5-2) and may prove to be a costly one with regard to the team’s Slope title aspirations. The Devils were hoping to go into today’s game in Gypsum at 2 p.m. against Palisade (6-0 in the Western Slope) with a 5-1 record and a chance to tie the Bulldogs for the league lead.
The Devils can still take a bite out of Palisade, but they no longer control their destiny for the Slope crown. Eagle Valley (11-5) definitely has a good shot at making the state playoffs. (CHSAA’s 32-team field took two teams from the Slope last year, and the bracket is back to 48 squads this season, so three coming from the league is not an outlandish prospect.)
“Delta is the best team as far as pushing the fast break,” Devils coach Brent McConaghy said. “It was 29-29 at the half and then both teams erupted from 3-point land.”
Lady Devils fall at Delta
DELTA – Delta girls basketball seems rather determined not to end up in a three-way tie this season atop the Western Slope.
The Panthers ran their league record to 7-0 with a 70-26 win Friday night against Eagle Valley.
Madeline Lounsberry led the Devils with 10 points.
Eagle Valley returns home today at 12:30 p.m. for a tilt with Palisade and the Devils will be looking to avenge an early-season loss to the Bulldogs.
“We have some unfinished business,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “We really let that last one get away from us. The girls are really excited about the opportunity.”
Huskies fall to Bulldogs
PALISADE – Battle Mountain boys basketball couldn’t slow down Palisade Friday night, falling to the Bulldogs, 74-40.
Jake Engle had 13 points, while Joe LyBarger finished with eight.
“We just have to play another one,” Huskies coach Tom Padilla said. “We need to play turnover-free, and we’ll be fine. It seems that we have three or four turnovers in a row and that just kills us.
The Huskies host Moffat County today at 2 p.m.
Huskies hockey falls again
VAIL – Battle Mountain hockey continued its struggles with a 5-1 loss to Chatfield Friday night at Dobson Arena.
Karl Norris scored for the Huskies to tie it at one, but it was all Chargers after that.
The Huskies host Mullen today at 3:30 p.m.
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