The Cedaredge Bruins were on an 11-game winning streak before Paonia's Eagles came to town last Friday evening. The last loss for Cedaredge was at last year's 2A State Tournament in Pueblo when Paonia did the trick. The Bruins' first loss this season came at the hands of the Eagles, 54-39, in the first meeting between the two teams.
Prior to the loss on Friday, Cedaredge ran its winning streak to 11 with a 64-27 decision over Hotchkiss on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Game statistics from the game were not available for this story.
Eagles 54, Bruins 39
This contest began with a multitude of mistakes by each squad. Paonia had the most poise in the opening quarter and took a 10-6 lead to the second period.
A little better offensive showing for both teams in the second stanza resulted in 14 points for the Eagles and nine for the Bruins.
The Bruins were down nine, 24-15, at halftime.
Hannah Gilmore's nine points in the third quarter were not enough to stave off a determined and better-executing Paonia squad. The Eagles got four points each from Brittany Kendall and Taylor Cartsen that propelled the Eagles to a 14-11 third-quarter edge.
Cedaredge had its highest point production, 13, in the final stanza, but had to settle for second best as the Eagles tallied 16 points during the same time span.
Gilmore was the game's leading scorer for the Bruins with 15 points. Carsten's 11 counters topped Paonia shooters, with Chey Christian and Sophia Anderson scoring nine points and Ashley Van Vleet another eight.
In one of the most anticipated 2A games of the season, Paonia coach Scott Rienks wasn't totally happy about the way the Eagles started the game. "We were rough in the beginning. Our offside defense wasn't playing well at first."
The Eagles cleaned up the defensive discrepancy and were able to turn the game around for a solid win.
Cedaredge coach Ryan Hilbig didn't throw his hands in the air after the loss. "It's one of two or three times we might play them (Paonia). Their defense was good. We had good practices, with Wednesday's being the best as we prepared for the game against them. I thought we were in a good place coming into the game. We'll come together."
The Bruins played at Basalt on Tuesday and hit the road again on Saturday for a contest against Meeker at 2:30 p.m.