"Super Lady’ leads Devils comeback
Enter Super Baughfman, sans the cape and red boots, who sparked a huge rally that gave the Devils a 54-43 3A Western Slope League win. Baughfman finished with 12 points and 18 rebounds and put up a performance that caused her coach to compare her to a super hero.
“She was almost like a Super Lady,” head coach Mike Vidakovich said. “She might be from Krypton. I really think she was the key to the second half. The whole team responded to her intensity. She lifted everyone.”
Even midway through the third quarter, a comeback seemed improbable. Hotchkiss had been handling the full-court press without a problem and built a nine-point lead with about five minutes left in the quarter.
Eagle Valley stepped up its defense, causing a slew of turnovers. Freshman Amanda Padilla, who finished with six steals and three assists, began turning the momentum to favor the Devils.
Enter sophomore center Kenzie Shreeve. Padilla found Shreeve twice down the stretch for layups and, combined with a pair of baskets by Sarah Brubeck and Alex Amsden, gave the Devils a 48-38 lead.
Brubeck finished with eight points, while Shreeve put up 12 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Alex Amsden finished the night with nine points.
The Devils take on Basalt Tuesday on the road and return home Friday night for a game against Roaring Fork.
Devils falter in 4th quarter
GYPSUM – During most of Saturday’s 3A Western Slope League game against Hotchkiss, Eagle Valley clung to a narrow lead. The Devils’ Sean Bartlett hit a jumper to put his team up 52-51 with under three minutes to play, but instead of giving his team momentum, it seemed to spark the inevitable Bulldogs rally.
In the next two minutes, Hotchkiss would hit two 3-pointers and hit six free throws on their way to an emotional 65-61 victory. Both teams now stand at 2-3 in the league. While the Bulldogs felt lucky to walk away with a win, the Devils felt burned.
“We just weren’t focused on the court,” head coach Phil Cain said. “That’s something we have to improve on. Last night we played great man-to-man defense, but tonight, it wasn’t there.”
Free throws by Hotchkiss’ leading scorer, senior Ben Scott, gave the Bulldogs a 58-54 lead with two minutes to play. Teammates Ricky Sparks would add two more from the charity strip and, when Scott put one of two into the basket, the lead grew to five points.
Eagle Valley, forced to shoot from behind the arc, saw two shots rattle out before sophomore Cody Gerard buried one from the corner. By then, however, it was too little too late. Hotchkiss stole the ball on the next Devils possession to seal the win.
Scott finished with 22 points and seven rebounds for Hotchkiss, while Gerard led the Devils scoring with 16 points and five rebounds. Senior Craig Jagger pitched in 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals.
Next up for the Devils is another league game Tuesday at Basalt, followed by a home game Friday against Roaring Fork.
“We need to go to Basalt and play our type of game,” Cain said. “We hope these guys learned their lesson.”