After 3 games this past week against top 5A opponents Palmer, Heritage and undefeated Pine Creek, on January 21st the Lady Eagles expanded its win streak to 6 games with a win over the Pueblo West Cyclones with a final score of 63-48. It was a close game all throughout, but the Lady Eagles were the ones to pull through in the end.
The game started out very tight with both teams playing tough and tenacious defense. Junior sharpshooter Haley Simental shot lights out in the first quarter and Junior Kendall Bradbury did what she could to keep her team in the game during the first part of the game and then Madison McCoy and Caroline Bryan would start to chip in. Second quarter came around and the jitters went away for both teams. Valor passed the ball extremely well and found the open teammate all second quarter, but Pueblo West would still fight back just as hard. With both teams playing well, but not satisfied the game went into the half with at a score of 29-21.
During the half, Coach Klosterman said to the team, “You cannot let up and think you have already won this game, this team is very capable of getting back into the game if you let them.” The Lady Eagles came out and went on a 12-3 run to start the third quarter. There had been a spark on the rebounding game and the hustle game that started to win the game over for the Eagles.
Pueblo West never gave up. They were determined to fight until the end. Every Eagle who stepped into the game had an impact in some way and that is what wins team games. Despite the efforts of Haley Simental having 28 point, the Cyclones suffered a tough loss at home. Junior Kylie Rose says, “It gives us great momentum going into the next couple of days and shows what we still have to work on to prepare for the state tournament coming soon.” The Eagles will have the Ponderosa Mustangs at home on Saturday, January 25.
You can watch the game on the Valor Sports Network below: