Eagles roll on in hoops
By Wayne Crick
Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017 8:24 am
Photo by Wayne Crick Paonia's Brianna Van Vleet scores two points against Plateau Valley's Cowboys last Friday night in Paonia. The Eagles remained undefeated (8-0) after wins over Plateau Valley (72-22) and Caprock Academy (76-3).
Paonia High School began its week on the hardwood with a contest against Plateau Valley on Jan. 6. Paonia's girls had little trouble with the Cowboys in a 72-22 win. The Eagles' boys were equally successful in their 79-45 decision.
A Saturday trip to Grand Junction for a game against Caprock Academy produced one-sided games for the Eagles. The Paonia girls coasted to a 76-3 win while the boys sailed to a 75-31 victory.
Paonia 72, PV 22
Paonia's offense didn't get serious until the second and third quarters in this game. A 14-6 first quarter was good enough to get their opponents attention.
The Eagles upped their effort in the next two periods to score 22 and 21 points respectively. Meanwhile, the Eagles' defense smothered Plateau Valley's ballhandlers and held its offense to four points in the second frame and just two in the third.
Plateau Valley almost doubled its score in the fourth quarter with a 10-point burst. Paonia's 15-points in the quarter made the final score 72-22.
Paonia's McKenna Hartigan and Sophia Anderson canned 15 points each with Emily Pieper tossing in 14 and Brianna Van Vleet added another 10 counters. Anderson also finished with eight rebounds and Pieper had 10 steals.
Paonia 76, Caprock 3
Caprock's defense could not stop Paonia's offense, nor could its offense penetrate the Eagles' defense to produce points. The results ... a 76-3 finale.
Van Vleet's 16 points paced Paonia's offense with teammates Mckenna Palmer and Brittany Kendall collecting 10 points each. Pieper finished the game with nine assists and Anderson had six.
Paonia outshot Caprock 68-20 in the game.
The Eagles play at home Jan. 13-14 facing Soroco on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Hayden on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Paonia 79, PV 45
The Eagles were in complete control of this game after a 16-8 opening quarter.
More defensive pressure and some good shooting had the Eagles ahead 38-22 at halftime.
Things didn't get any better in the second half as Chase Roeber's Eagles flew past the Cowboys, 41-23, for a final score of 79-45.
The Cowboys' Noah Castro and Fabian Juarez had double figure scoring days (16 and 10, respectively) but didn't have enough help to make a difference against league-leading Paonia.
Paonia 75, Caprock 31
Paonia's big opening quarter produced 20 points offensively while its defense stymied the Eagles to allow just two points.
Three straight 20-plus quarters for Paonia had the visiting Eagles ahead 61-18 with one period left to play. Caprock won the final quarter, 14-13, but lost the game 75-31.
Drew Van Schaick had 13 points and Aaron Dollar 11 in a losing cause.
Paonia's boys host Soroco on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. contest and play Hayden on Saturday. Against Hayden, the girls junior varsity game is scheduled for 1 p.m., girls varsity game at 4 p.m. The boys junior varsity game is set for 2:30 p.m. and the boys varsity will take the court at 5:30 p.m.