Saturday’s basketball wrap
PARACHUTE — And everyone with Eagle Valley boys basketball is feeling better about life after an 84-73 win at Grand Valley on Saturday.
That’s the end of a three-game skid and the Devils head into the holiday break and league play with a 6-3 mark.
Garrett Martin rampaged all over the Cardinals with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He played the entire second half with four fouls. It didn’t matter.
Jimmy Murphy scored what coach Chris Wall called a “quiet 19 points.” Of course every point counts and one does not turn down a performance like that, but Murphy’s biggest contribution was playing centerfield within the Devils’ full-court press in the second half. That was a key to jumpstarting Eagle Valley.
Jesus Loera had a double-double. This is not a reprint. He just does that. For the record, it was 10 points and 12 boards for the senior. Dawson Keller took care of the pain as well with eight blocks and eight rebounds.
“It gives us good momentum, going into the break,” Walls said. “We finally got a little bit of time off to work on some thing after our (busy) start. We’re already focusing on Glenwood.”
Eagle Valley’s girls fell to the Cardinals, 48-46, on Saturday.
The Devils had 19 turnovers in the first half and that was too deep of a hole to dig.
Kylie Martin led Eagle Valley with 20 points, and Reagan Bossow had nine.
Both sets of Devils open league play with Glenwood Springs on Jan. 5 in Gypsum.
Saints girls beat Aspen
ASPEN — If Vail Christian girls basketball isn’t back after Christmas break, it’s because the Saints are in prison.
The ladies had 40 steals in a 51-19 win at Aspen on Friday night.
“We finally saw the Saints of last year,” said assistant coach Todd Ellsworth, who was filling in for Beth Raitt. “That’s the way to go into league.”
Forty steals turned into a lot of transition points for Marti Schmidt, Jesse Raitt and Kass Baker. Coach Ellsworth didn’t have the exact numbers for these three as he and some guy named Sug were picking up another guy named Austin at Denver International Airport. (We’ve never heard of those two either.)
In the nightcap in Pitkin County, Vail Christian’s boys played their best game of the year in a 59-58 loss.
“It was a fun game,” Saints coach Sheldon Kuhns said. “The largest lead either team had was four points. You could tell that we had some players who had not been in close games and got nerves, but it’s a good learning experience.”
Sebastian Moritz dropped 30 on the Skiers, while Bryan Trujillo had 18.
Both sets of 2A Saints have gone through a tough preseason of playing 4A Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley and 3A Basalt and Aspen. That should set Vail Christian up well for its 2A Slope opener after the holidays at North Park Jan. 6.
Huskies girls win three
BASALT — Battle Mountain girls basketball is 5-0 after returning to action this weekend.
The Huskies beat Basalt twice, 61-34, and, 44-31, as well as recording a 50-40 win against Coal Ridge.
Dylan Barker led the Huskies in scoring during all three games. Ariel Webb, Monique Stevens, Sara Sullivan and Claire Krueger all had big performances as well.
“We did a real good job of distributing the ball,” Huskies coach Paul Stevens said. “We definitely stepped it up. We’ve got a lot to work on, but we’re coming along.”
Battle Mountain starts league play at Rifle on Jan. 3.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.