Saints return to .500 with nonconference win
But, it seems, it’s just not in Vail Christian girls chief Patrick Beaudine’s nature.
Vail Christian girls basketball improved to 7-7 on the season with a 37-11 win Tuesday over Soroco’s junior-varsity team, behind 24 points from sophomore Rachel Glandorf. The nonconference game served as a warmup to the stretch run towards the playoffs, which might explain Beaudine’s less-than-comfortable tone.
“They began rebounding and doing the dirty work on the press,” Beaudine said. “Rachel broke out again. But we still needed to improve on some things. They’re starting to play well, but I’m getting a lot of gray hair.”
Brooke Horan-Kates added five points for the Saints, while Brittany Beshoner and Amanda Larsen added three apiece.
Saturday, the Saints will get a chance to avenge a 40-point loss to Ridgway, a game they played without Glandorf, who was sitting out with a knee injury.
“We’ve been looking forward to this game,” Beaudine said. “We’re a better team than they saw the first time.”
The following weekend might prove to be the biggest game of the season for Vail Christian, which continues to set program records for wins in a season with each victory.
If the Saints lose in a road game at Crested Butte, it means their playoffs will start with a pigtail match against Norwood, the second-ranked team in the state.
Saturday’s game will start at 11 a.m. at St. Clare’s Assisi in Edwards.
Devils girls slam West Grand
WEST GRAND – Eagle Valley held West Grand to eight points in the first half Tuesday on the way to a 45-33 nonconference win.
The Devils (6-8 overall, 3-6 in the league) used 13 points from sophomore Kenzie Shreeve to tune up for Friday’s home game against 3A Western Slope League rival Aspen. After a slow first half for both teams (the score was 17-8 at intermission), the Devils pulled ahead for good in the third quarter.
“The girls really picked up the intensity in the second half,” Devils head coach Mike Vidakovich said. “In the second half, it looked a lot more like basketball.”
Game time Friday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The Devils travel to Hotchkiss Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. start.
Devils boys lose in OT
WEST GRAND –Despite a combined 41 points from seniors Craig Jagger and Justin Wood, Eagle Valley dropped a nonconference game to West Grand, 70-67 in overtime.
The Devils trailed by three at halftime and by as many as nine in the third quarter, before turning the tide and tying the game with a late surge. Eagle Valley led by as much as five in the fourth quarter before West Grand sent the game into an extra period.
“It was a great game,” Devils head coach Phil Cain said. “I was real happy with how we battled back. In overtime, they’d go up by one, then we’d go up by one.”
Jagger added five assists, while Wood picked up a double-double with 11 rebounds. Sophomore Cody Gerard added 12 points for Eagle Valley.
The Devils host Aspen Friday at 8 p.m., then they travel to Hotchkiss Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. start.
Ryan Slabaugh is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at email@example.com.
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