Second half lifts Rams over Devils |

Second half lifts Rams over Devils

Ryan Slabaugh

While they left with a 60-54 win over Eagle Valley to stay in first, for a while, it looked as if the Devils might have an upset on their hands.

Eagle Valley jumped out to an early lead, thanks to six-straight points from senior Brooke Baughfman, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds on the night. Her team held a lead until the opening minutes of the third quarter, when the Rams caught fire and ran off with 10-straight points.

“We played with them the whole way,” Devils head coach Mike Vidakovich said. “We just told the kids (after the game) that we feel we’re really making strides. We’re a much better team than we were Dec. 13 against Greeley Central.”

Eagle Valley, down by nine at one point in the third quarter, would rally to tie the score at 43 when freshman Amanda Padilla drained a 3-point shot. Roaring Fork tried to pull away again, but four-straight points by junior Trista Sandoval brought them back to within one, 50-49, halfway through the fourth quarter. Then, the Rams turned to junior Tarn Udall, who would score seven points in the last two minutes to finish off the Devils, who dropped to 2-5 in league play. Roaring Fork improves to 5-1.

“This game makes us see we’re going to be a good team,” Baughfman said. “We can be just as good as the Roaring Forks or the Basalts.”

Padilla finished with 10 points for Eagle Valley, while Sandoval added 12 points and two rebounds. Rams forward Jessie Rochel would lead the way with 22 points and eight rebounds.

Eagle Valley travels to Battle Mountain Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. start.

A dozen 3s lift the Rams

GYPSUM – It didn’t take long for Roaring Fork to show Eagle Valley what it was in for Friday night. The Rams hit four 3-pointers in the first three minutes and hit 12 shots from behind the arc on the night, on their way to a 81-57 3A Western Slope League win.

The win improves Roaring Fork to 5-1 and keeps the Rams in second place, while the Devils fell to 2-5 in the league.

“They were hot,” Devils head coach Phil Cain said. “We still have to work on our defense, on boxing out, and on keeping our hands up. We’re going to keep trying to improve, because we need to.”

Eagle Valley took an early 3-0 lead on free throws, before Roaring Fork began its showcase from downtown. The Rams would go on an 11-0 run behind two 3-pointers by junior Jake Boyle and another trey by sophomore Aaron Markham. Boyle would hit five 3-pointers on the night, while senior Arnie Hernandez would add four of his own, as the Rams built their lead to 19 points late in the first quarter.

But the Devils would narrow the lead to 10 at halftime before Roaring Fork junior Dan Markoya would score seven-straight to start the second half. Roaring Fork would lead by as much as 26 in the fourth quarter and, in the closing moments, when reserve Jose Escarsega drained his only shot of the night – a 25-foot bomb – Eagle Valley could only shake its head. Roaring Fork finished 12-for-20 from 3-point range and made 54-percent of its shots overall.

The Devils, meanwhile, would make only 3-for-13 from downtown.

Senior Craig Jagger led the Devils in scoring with 15 points, while senior Justin Wood added 10 points and five rebounds.

Boyle led the Rams with 17 points.

Next up for the Devils is a nonconference game Tuesday at Battle Mountain. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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