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Photo by Wayne Crick Paonia senior Brianna Van Vleet had a good beginning against the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals last Tuesday evening. Here she gets two of her team-high 14 points against Bailey Rowe (32). Paonia could not make a clean break away fro

Not only did the Grand Valley Cardinals push the Eagle's high-scoring offenses, they also tested Paonia's defense with some solid offensive play.

Paonia's boys lost their battle with the Cardinals, 56-44, with the girls prevailing 44-34 in a harder than usual contest for them.

The girls built an early 11-6 lead in the first quarter and added five more to their lead for a 23-13 lead at halftime.

A deliberate style of play slowed the game down on both sides of the ball for both teams.

Paonia had the better advantage offensively with a 13-9 third quarter that sent the Eagle's lead to 36-22. Grand Valley finished with a flourish and outscored the Eagles 12-8 for a final score of 44-34.

Brianna Van Vleet had 14 points to lead the Eagles and teammate Sophia Anderson finished with 10 counters. Grand Valley's Shaya Chenoweth was the game's leading scorer with 19 points.

In the boys' contest Grand Valley had a plan for negating Dagan Rienks and his athleticism ... double and triple teaming was a high priority.

Grand Valley's defense was good enough to limit the Eagles to single digit scoring through three periods of play. Meanwhile, the Cardinal's offense was building a 37-23 lead entering the final quarter.

Both teams played the final period as though it was a race. Paonia did win the last quarter, 21-19, but the damage had been done earlier in the game giving Grand Valley a 56-44 non-league win.

Photo by Wayne Crick Paonia senior Dagan Rienks (34) gets next to the rim to score this bucket against a fiesty Grand Valley Cardinal’s team last week in Paonia. Paonia suffered a rare loss to 3A Grand Valley, 56-44. The Eagles won their next two games.
Photo by Wayne Crick Paonia girls coach Scott Rienks rotated players into and out of last Tuesday’s game against Grand Valley. Randi Rapke, right, makes a pass against the Cardinal’s zone defense in hopes of shifting players away from high percentage scoring areas.
Photo by Wayne Crick Paonia’s Colby Simpson (24) keeps his eye on the basket as he prepares to shoot a layup against Grand Valley last Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Cardinal’s Jeff Holbrook trails the play. Grand Valley played spoiler against the Eagles and scored a 56-44 win.
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