Vail Valley preps: Eagle Valley skips past Lake County
GYPSUM, Colorado – Eagle Valley’s Nate Barker’s previous scoring high had been 17 – that would be 17 goals during last fall’s soccer season.
So 24 points in Thursday’s basketball game was definitely a career high for Barker as he helped pace the Eagle Valley boys basketball team to 64-41 win against Lake County.
“Twenty-four? Really? I wasn’t counting,” Barker said. “I got some really good passes. They fouled a lot and I made some free throws.”
And that snapped a five-game losing streak for Eagle Valley during the nonconference slate. And that is an important phrase – nonconference.
The Devils showed some rough edges Thursday night against the Panthers. Turnovers were a particular worry. The Devils know they’ve got to take better care of the ball, especially when they start play against the 4A Slope.
“I think our young kids played pretty well tonight. I thought Zeth (Ramsey) rebounded well,” Devils coach Pat Gabriel said. “It’s only our second home game. I thought our young kids came through. I was pleased for them. We could have played better, but I feel good for those young kids.”
The Devils led just 30-18 at the half, but started to round into form behind the aforementioned Ramsey who had a nice layup to start the third quarter. Barker popped an 18-footer and teammate Troy Harris followed with a 3 as Eagle Valley upped its lead to 43-23.
Barker got a rare 4-point play – a layup and a two free throws on a Lake County technical foul, and the Devils were on their way to their second win of the season.
Harris had 10 for the Devils, while Bryce Zehring had eight points. Sam Launsberry added seven and Ramsey had six.
Next up for the Devils is Denver Christian on the road on Saturday.
“We just have to work harder in practice and pull our game together,” Barker said. “Turnovers are definitely an issue.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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