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Vail Valley preps: Devils drop a pair in Delta

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

DELTA – The first game after the holiday break is always a scary prospect for coaches. It’s even a little more frightening when it’s on a Tuesday.

Eagle Valley boys basketball, nonetheless, almost got it done Tuesday night in a tight 74-69 loss at Delta.

“We can take a lot of positives out of this,” Devils coach Brent McConaghey said. “We were in another close game. It was two offensive mistakes, two turnovers, that turned out to be the difference.”

Another big factor is that that Delta was 29-of-38 from the free-throw line, while the Devils were 9-for-16. Usually, such a discrepancy would have a coach complaining about officiating, but McConaghey was matter-of-fact.

“We didn’t play defense with our feet,” the coach said. “We fouled a lot more. If we play better defense and limit them to 20 free throws, it’s a blowout.”

Cooper Senn led Eagle Valley (0-1 in the Slope and 3-6 overall) with 15 points, while Jesse Gish had 11.

Meanwhile, the girls basketball team had a rough go of it in a a 65-30 loss to the Panthers.

Kayla Gagnon had a big game for Eagle Valley with 16 points ad 10 rebounds.

Devils coach Sam Bartlett said his team had difficulty in the transition game.

“We’ve got to get our legs and our wind back,” he said. “They weren’t with us tonight. We’re coming home with a few days of practice to get ready for our league opener at home.”

That would be Palisade on Friday. The girls play at 4:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 6.

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