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Lady Eagles drop second straight

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By Anthony Arroyo

AURORA – The Lady Raiders of Rangeview continue to have little problems protecting their home court this season.

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RHS took on the Adams City High School Lady Eagles Jan. 24 and marched to a 74-29 victory in East Metro Athletic Conference (EMAC) action. The victory is the 10th straight for the Lady Raiders, who improved to 13-2 on the season, 5-0 in league play and 5-0 at home.

Adams City fell to 4-12 overall and 1-3 in EMAC play.

“Turnovers killed us,” Adams City head coach Joe McClelland said, whose team committed 29 turnovers Tuesday. “We put up some decent shots, but we just couldn’t get anything to fall. Rangeview has definitely improved since the first time we played them in tournament play. They shot the lights out.”

The two teams played during the Grandview High School tournament in December. Rangeview head coach Josh Brenning was very impressed with his team’s play this time around. RHS won 65-21.

“When we first started, we were still learning a new system, with me being a new coach,” Brenning said. “Now that we have had more games under our belt, we jel more as a team and the difference showed.”

The defense was very impressive for the home team pushing the issue early. Rangeview shutout ACHS for nearly the first four minutes of the game, starting on a 9-0 run.

The offense wasn't a problem either. Rangeview launched to a 20-5 lead after one quarter of play and headed into the locker room with a comfortable 42-19 at half.

Rangeview, which did much of its damage inside during the first meeting, was having a lot of success from the outside.

“The game play was trying to stop them from doing anything inside, and they didn’t even go inside much,” McClelland said. “They made a 3-pointer right off the bat, and we couldn’t adapt to what they were doing quickly enough.”

The Lady Eagles were led by sophomore Savannah Denham, who had nine in a starting role. Also performing well offensively was junior Ovianiona Aragon, who had six, as did sophomore Zelle Moore.

ACHS was 10-for-16 from the free-throw line in the defeat.

“One of the things we are going to have to work on moving forward is getting the ball inside,” McClelland said. “We should have our chances against Prairie View to get the ball inside, but we have to stop dribbling around, because that is when we get ourselves in trouble.”

The girls resume action against Northglenn Jan. 31, also at home.