Two close wins against upstart teams earned Paonia's Lady Eagles the team title in the twentieth annual First Colorado National Bank Classic Basketball Tournament over the past weekend.
Cedaredge, under the mentorship of new head coach Ryan Hilbig, gave the Lady Eagles more than they bargained for in the opening game.
An early lead in the first quarter eventually gave way to the hard-working Paonia quintet in a 38-35 victory.
The title match had some of the same traits as the opening game for the Lady Eagles, but they managed to hold off the late-charging Delta Panthers for a 40-36 win in the championship game.
Senior Carson Pipher was a dominating force for the Lady Eagles during the two-day tournament and was honored by being selected as the tournament's MVP.
Paonia 38, CHS 35
Cedaredge had the Lady Eagles blinking in the early going as they fell behind 7-2 and trailed 9-2 after the first eight minutes of play. Alyssa Isaman scored seven of the nine Cedaredge points and finished with 10 for the game.
Momentum changed ever so slightly in the second quarter with Paonia outscoring the Lady Bruins 9-4 for a 13-11 halftime lead for Cedaredge.
The tide changed in the third period with Carson Pipher and Braiden Clement netting six points each to lead Paonia on a 15-11 surge and a 26-24 lead heading to the final quarter.
Paonia dodged a bullet late in the fourth quarter when the Lady Bruins missed two close shots with Paonia leading 36-35. A third rebound under the basket went to Paonia and a foul being committed. Ashley VanVleet made the two free throws to make the final score 38-35.
Bree Gutierrez hit two treys in the fourth quarter and had a regular field goal for eight of the 11 points scored by Cedaredge in the period. Paonia had 12 points in the quarter.
Pipher was the game's leading scorer with 12 points, with Isaman's 10 points leading the Lady Bruins.
Paonia 40, Delta 36
Another slow start by both teams in the title game left the outcome in doubt until the final minutes of this contest.
Delta was able to keep the Lady Eagles off balance to start the game and was ahead 8-5 heading to the second quarter.
Morgan Hartigan scored five of the Lady Eagles' 12 points in the second quarter in a 12-8 run by Paonia to leave the halftime score at 17-16 in favor of Paonia.
Paonia was able to gain a slight advantage over the Lady Panthers in the third quarter with a 14-8 run that gave them a seven-point lead (31-27) with eight minutes left to play.
Brittanny Brasfield had four points for Delta in a 10-9 fourth-quarter run.
Fouls and turnovers plagued both teams in the waning stages of the game, with Paonia shooting 17 free throws in the final quarter alone (Pipher shot 11 free throws). Paonia converted on just seven of those attempts or the margin of victory could have been larger. Overall, Paonia took 38 shots from the charity stripe and made 12. Delta attempted just 16 free throws and made five.
Pipher finished the game with 13 points to top all scorers in the game.
Delta's Shelby Curtis led the Lady Panthers' offense with 10 points.
The tournament win was pleasing for Paonia coach Scott Rienks. "I was pleased with this win, especially since we haven't been able to beat their (Delta's) 1-2-2 zone defense for the last three or four years."
Rienks also noted that adjustments Delta coach Matt Hamm made opened the floor for Carson.
The return of Taylor Carsten was a definite plus for the Lady Eagles and Rienks heaped praise on his three seniors (Braiden Clement, Pipher and Taylor Polson) for their consistent play during the tournament.
Other Tournament Girls Results
Delta 44, Hotchkiss 35
A sluggish start for both teams left Delta with a 10-4 lead after one period of play in an opening-round game on Friday for both teams.
The second quarter was slightly better in the scoring department as Delta outscored Hotchkiss 12-7 and a 22-11 halftime lead for the Lady Panthers. Shelby Curtis had eight points for Delta at halftime.
Delta had the edge in third-period action with a 10-8 advantage. Hotchkiss was six of 11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and managed to post 16 points while holding Delta to 12. Curtis' 14 points gave Delta the game's leading scorer, with Kylie Hodges right behind with 12 points.
Ced. 54, Hot. 37
Cedaredge's Lady Bruins almost pulled a major upset last week at the First Colorado National Bank Classic Basketball Tournament. After leading 9-2 against tournament champion Paonia, the game's momentum changed giving the Lady Eagles a 10-point lead in the second half. A furious rally fell short and Cedaredge lost the exciting game 38-35 on Friday.
The Lady Bruins were able to recover from their opening-round loss to Paonia with a 54-37 win over Hotchkiss in the consolation round on Saturday afternoon.
Cedaredge got hot early and raced to a 22-6 first-quarter lead over the Lady Bulldogs. Hot shooting from Bree Gutierrez and Dakota Baldozier produced seven points from each of them in the run. Katie Richards had four of Hotchkiss' points.
The tempo slowed in second-quarter action with Cedaredge stretching its lead with a 9-5 run and a 31-11 halftime lead.
Richards held a hot hand in the third frame with four of seven from the free-throw line and a field goal to lead Hotchkiss on a 9-6 run.
Both teams scored 17 points in the final quarter making it the most action-packed period of the game. The Lady Bulldogs managed to reduce the Cedaredge lead to single digits before an offensive run bailed the Lady Bruins out of trouble. Baldozier dumped in nine points for Cedaredge in the quarter while Hotchkiss' Arial Duncan and Natalie Anderson scored six and five points respectively.
Baldozier's 18 points led all shooters, while teammates Gutierrez and Kendall McHugh tallied 11 and 10 points respectively. Richards' 13 points paced the Lady Bulldogs offense.
Lady Panthers lose to Eagle Valley Devils
The Lady Panthers were looking for more answers to a few problems they've been trying to solve recently. A Thursday (Dec. 19) trip to Gypsum for a 4A WSL matchup with Eagle Valley gave a few answers, but, ultimately, a second-half letdown ruined a good first half as Delta lost a 50-39 decision to the Lady Devils.
That good first half of play in Gypsum had the Delta Lady Panthers leading at halftime by a score of 27-14. Katie Puderbaugh led the way with nine first-half points and Shelby Curtis had seven.
After halftime, Delta came out flat and proceeded to lose its lead on a 23-8 run by the Lady Devils.
Megan Asmussen hit three of her five treys in the third period and had 13 points in the period.
A 13-4 fourth quarter made the final 50-39. Curtis and Puderbaugh led Delta's offense with 13 points each. Asmussen finished with 21 points for Eagle Valley.blog comments powered by Disqus