Shreeve stands alone for Eagle Valley |

Shreeve stands alone for Eagle Valley

Daily file photoEagle Valley senior Kenzie Shreeve averaged 13 points and six rebounds per game for the Devils this season.

GYPSUM – There are surprises, and then there are easy guesses.That the Eagle Valley girls basketball team, after moving up to 4A this season, finished 13-10 and won its opening round playoff game was a surprise.That senior Kenzie Shreeve was named to the 4A Western Slope all-league team after a standout senior season was not. Shreeve, who garnered all-league honors last year in the 3A Slope, led the Devils with 13 points per game and six rebounds. She also finished with 30 blocks and 29 steals.Though Shreeve was modest about her all-league pick – the only postseason honor handed out to an Eagle Valley girls player this year – there was no denying the consensus from opposing coaches around the Slope.”Moving up to 4A, I didn’t know what I’d get, or if I’d get anything,” Shreeve said. “It was nice to hear that I did get it.”

Shreeve said she knew she needed to improve in the offseason if she was going to have similar success in 4A this season, despite being one of the most dominating post players in 3A as a junior. She worked on becoming a better shooter and being more physical underneath the basket.”Coach (Jamie) Mayne wanted me to play inside and outside,” Shreeve said. “I worked on that a lot. Getting tougher inside, because the girls were a lot bigger this year. And, being a better shooter from the outside.”Mayne, who was hired after Mike Vidakovich resigned following two turbulent seasons, stressed before the first game that the Devils would be a more well-rounded basketball team this year.The message: Shreeve wouldn’t have to carry the bulk of the load. However, when the Devils needed instant production, Mayne and the Devils didn’t hesitate to turn to Shreeve.”At first, we tried to play as a team,” Shreeve said. “But, when it gets down to it, I’m used to being able to take care of the ball and having that pressure.”

Still, she said, her teammates didn’t deserve to be shut out in the postseason awards voting.”I thought there might have been more picks for our team.” she said. “I was surprised I was the only one that got it. There were great players on our team.”The Devils had noteworthy candidates in seniors Alex Amsden and Stacie Santoro and juniors Rachel Sandoval and Amanda Padilla. Eagle Valley tied with Steamboat Springs in the final league standings with a record of 9-5. That impressive first-year showing in the 4A Slope didn’t convince opposing coaches to give more all-league nods to Eagle Valley, however.Shreeve said, regardless of the all-league snub, that the biggest reward this season was to beat teams who expected to get an easy win against the Devils.The team didn’t move down on a competitive level just because it moved up a classification.”I wish we would have gone further, but I think we did pretty well overall,” she said. “I think we surprised a lot of teams, especially (first round playoff opponent) Evergreen.”

Eagle Valley finished 13-10 overall after losing to Berthoud in its second playoff game.Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at, Colorado

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