The Eagles varsity girls and varsity boys’ basketball teams both faced a tough opponent, the North Valley Knights, on Saturday, Dec. 1. Both games ended in losses, with final scores of 51 – 60 for the Lady Eagles, and 48 – 64 for the boys’ team.
The Lady Eagles started off fast, building up a four-point lead by the end of the first quarter. Casie Johnson was a rebound machine in these early minutes, and did well inside for much of the game. Bailey Cooper sunk a three-pointer with an assist from Megan Cowden, who dropped a three of her own near the close of the period, assisted by Adriene Wood.
Johnson served up several more assists over the course of the game, and Sydney May hit a beautiful jump shot from way outside in the third quarter. The Lady Eagles were only down by two points going into the fourth, so the game could have easily gone their way. But, once in the bonus situation, the Lady Knights were able to secure their win at the free throw line.
The Lady Eagles went on to defeat the Cascade Christian Lady Challengers on Dec. 3 by a score of 61 – 33.
In the boys’ game, the Eagles suffered a steadily increasing deficit across all four quarters. Afterward, head coach Bryan Wood gave “a ton of credit to North Valley. They’ve got good, experienced, quality players,” Wood said. “And they’re well-coached.”
None of this takes away from the Eagles’ overall performance, though. Cesar Chavez played tough defense throughout, making trouble for the Knights on many occasions. Jorge Quintero managed to draw a foul almost every time he drove the lane. Aaron James hit two three-pointers in the second quarter, and another three in the third.
Altogether, Quintero scored 16 points, while Chavez and James each got 9 points apiece. Kramer Edwards put up 8 points, and Austin Holmes scored 6 points.
Coach Wood explained that he looks forward to the rematch against North Valley on Friday, Dec. 7. When asked what changes he wants to see in the next game, Wood answered with more praise for the dedication of his players.
“The first thing we want to do is change the score, but nothing else. I have nothing negative to say,” Wood said. “Our kids worked hard.”
After their rematch at North Valley, the Eagles will face Klamath Union High School at home on Tuesday, Dec. 11. and then go on the road to Hidden Valley High School on Friday, Dec. 14.
The Lady Eagles are away for their next three games: at Klamath Union on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Hidden Valley on Dec. 14., and at Del Norte on Dec. 17.