Roaring Fork takes two from Eagle Valley
GYPSUM ” The Devils started out hot, and then they got cold. And the Rams, well, they were warm all game.
Roaring Fork’s girls basketball team used consistent shooting to down Eagle Valley, 62-52, Tuesday night.
After a tight first quarter, the Rams pulled away in the second half to earn a 31-20 lead at halftime.
“We played some good team ball in the second quarter,” said Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney. “We were finding the open person and weren’t afraid to take the open shot.”
For most of the second half, whenever the Devils would chop away at the Rams’ lead, the Rams sunk a basket or two, retaining a double digit lead.
With a few minutes left, the Devils clawed back to 50-46, but Roaring Fork went on a 10-2 run, ending Eagle Valley’s chances of a comeback.
“I wish we could have kept (the comeback) going,” said Eagle Valley coach Jamie Mayne. “We need to play hard for the whole game.”
The Devils jumped out to a 16-11 lead, going 7-for-8 shooting before the Rams went on an 8-0 run to end the first quarter.
“They came out gunning,” Cheney said of the Devils. “I was really impressed with the way they played.”
In the second quarter, the Devils had trouble making shots, many of which they attempted from outside.
“Our emphasis going into the game was to not shoot 3-pointers,” Mayne said. “The idea was to get inside shots, and we did that in the first and third quarters, but in the second and fourth quarters, we got away from that.”
Much like they did in the first quarter, the Devils went on a tear in the third quarter, starting out going 7-for-9 from the field, as well as going 4-for-5 from the foul line.
But Roaring Fork was steady from the field in the third quarter, going 5-for-11, and solid from the line, going 7-for-8.
“They were a good team,” Eagle Valley’s Rachel Sandoval said of Roaring Fork. “All of them can shoot. We can, too. We just had spurts where people didn’t shoot well.”
Leading the way for the Rams was Laura Wright, with a game-high 22 points.
“At times, she’s been soft inside, but she got tough tonight, and the girls did a good job of getting the ball to her,” Cheney said.
Jessica Smeins added 11 points for the Rams, while Rebecca Roeber had nine.
For Eagle Valley, Sarah Reed dropped a team-high 14 points, followed by Sandoval and Jeannette Baker, who each had 10 points.
Amanda Padilla collected eight points, as well.
All game, the Devils wouldn’t let the Rams rest, using a full-court press. Sandoval and Padilla collected several steals each, but by the second half, Roaring Fork found a way around the press and scored some points on fast breaks.
“The rotation in the press was working well, but it broke down at times,” Sandoval said.
Eagle Valley finished the game going 11-for-13 from the foul line.
Michael Jordan probably wouldn’t have minded that Roaring Fork’s Christian Tena donned a No. 23 jersey.
Tena did just about everything in the Rams’ 75-48 victory over Eagle Valley.
Just one assist and two steals shy of a quadruple-double, Tena finished with a game-high 28 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists and 8 steals.
The Rams built an early 19-6 lead, and didn’t look back.
“We executed really well on the offensive and got some high-percentage shots,” said Roaring Fork coach Roger Walters.
“They were looking for each other and got the ball moving around a lot.”
In the second quarter, Eagle Valley went on a 7-2 run that cut the Rams’ lead to 21-13, but the Rams were just too much for the Devils to handle.
“Everything that’s going on now has to do with what the kids have done to make themselves better over time,” said Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel.
Both teams rotated in bench players throughout the second half.
The Devils’ Carlos Martinez provided his team with a spark, draining three buckets from beyond the arc for nine points.
Matt Barker led Eagle Valley with 11 points, while John Gabriel added eight points.
Roaring Fork’s Derek Parker had 15 points.
The Devils made the Rams work hard for rebounds on both ends of the court.
“We concentrated on blocking out because I knew Eagle Valley was really athletic,” Walters said.
Despite the some spurts of offense in the second half, the Devils weren’t able to muster a consistent attack on the Rams.
Pat Gabriel was happy with the way his team finished the game, but would like to see the Devils play smart ball all game.
“We haven’t made that kind of commitment yet,” Gabriel said. “All we can do now is fight that battle.”
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