The basketball teams at Paonia High School enter the Christmas break ranked among the top 10 teams in the state and are posting some big numbers.
The Paonia boys started the season with six straight wins before falling at Grand Valley. The Eagles (6-1) had moved to No. 9 in 2A in a recent CHSAA online poll before that loss.
The Eagles girls slipped in their fourth game of the year, losing in double overtime at Olathe on Dec. 8. The loss dropped Paonia (6-1) from second to No. 4 in 2A.
Both Paonia basketball teams next hit the hardwood on Jan. 9 at Plateau Valley.
GV 60, Eagles 49
The Paonia boys felt the sting of defeat for the first time last Saturday after the Eagles saw a 28-24 halftime lead disappear as the Cardinals rallied at home.
Grand Valley won the third quarter 13-7 then put Paonia away in the fourth with a 23-14 advantage.
The Eagles won their sixth in a row on Dec. 15 after beating Sargent 51-38 in Gunnison.
Taylor Walters led all scorers with 15 points. Francisco Lopez scored 10, including two 3-pointers. Colby Simpson was next with nine points and one 3-ball.
The Eagles took command with a 27-21 halftime advantage and secured the contest with a 14-3 performance in the third quarter.
Paonia 60, GV 34
The Eagles girls' team can enjoy the Christmas break on a three-game winning streak.
The Eagles beat Grand Valley 60-34 last Saturday on the road.
Paonia won game two of that streak on Dec. 15 in Gunnison, defeating Sargent 57-24.
The Eagles started fast and didn't let up, leading 19-6 after the first quarter and 38-8 at halftime.
Sophia Anderson led Paonia with her 13 points. Senior Ashley Van Vleet threw in 11 for Paonia and Emily Pieper scored 10 for the Eagles.
Since losing to Olathe, the Eagles have won three games by margins of 64, 26 and 33 points.