Swish finishes second in Colorado Springs
Entering its sixth season of competitive basketball, the Eagle Valley Swish girls basketball club traveled to Colorado Springs for the Mid-America Youth Basketball (MAYB) tournament recently.
The Swish, coached by Tom Padilla, finished the tournament in second place with a 4-1 record. A total of 143 boys and girls teams from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming participated. The SWISH ran the table in their division beating Rampart, the Colorado Patriots Basketball Club of Colorado Springs, and host, Wasson. This made the SWISH a No. 1 seed for Sunday’s championship round.
In their fourth game of the tourney, the SWISH defeated Liberty, 29-24, thanks to the last-second, clutch free throw shooting of Jeanette Baker. That earned the team a spot in the championship game against 5A Mitchell. The girls played Mitchell close for the better part of three quarters. A low shooting percentage, coupled with physical play, and several late turnovers by the Swish allowed the Marauders to come out on top with a 39-29 win.
The second-place finish improved the SWISH’s record to 7-3 heading into the second half of its 20-game summer schedule.This year’s SWISH varsity-level girls team is comprised of Jeanette Baker, Mary Cochrane, Elaina Hernandez, Chelsey Leuders, Amanda Padilla, Sarah Reed, Rachel Sandoval, Sarah Schlegel, Alaina Sheehy, Megan Doughty, and Kaylee Hosler.Vail, Colorado