LAFAYETTE -- Officially, the Peak to Peak girls basketball team knocked off the No. 4 team in the state Thursday night. But don't get too excited yet.
What pollsters might not have known about Eaton, a 39-33 loser to the host Pumas in the season opener for both teams, is that the Reds are a shell of the team that finished runner-up in Class 3A the past two seasons.
Eaton wasn't getting any sympathy from Peak to Peak, however, as the Pumas played the non-league contest without five varsity players (due to injury, ineligibility and guard Brianna Wetmore being out of town for soccer).
"Half our team was gone, so to get a win was huge," Pumas coach Chad Rathbun said. "They're well-coached, athletic and strong, and we're young."
Eaton's top seven scorers from last season are gone, including talented sisters Leah and Kaley Cheney, who moved to Wyoming and now play for Cheyenne East.
Peak to Peak could identify, as the Pumas were playing for the first time without graduated multiyear standout Khadijah Sayyid (20.3 points a game last season).
The Pumas had their returning standout in uniform, though, and Ivy DeVries made the difference. After nearly averaging a double-double last season, DeVries scored 16 points and added 12 rebounds, and sophomore Katharine Kia chipped in with 11 points (all in the first half) as Peak to Peak triumphed in the grind-it-out battle.
"I think right now we're making a lot of progress," DeVries said. "At first, we weren't so sure because we were so dependent on Khadijah, so it's been a good bonding experience. I mean, Khadijah was an awesome player and she took care of it when we needed it, but this year we're going to have to depend on more than just one player."
Peak to Peak went 16-8 last season and is eyeing a return trip to the state tournament. This was a good start, as the Pumas led by as many as nine in the fourth quarter and hung on through a bevy of fouls and jump balls in a disjointed final period.
The contest had an undoubted early-season feel, as the teams combined to miss 28 foul shots. Peak to Peak went 10 for 25 at the line, Eaton 6 for 19.
The Pumas put it away with 1 minute, 15 seconds to play when Sarah Martinez beat the Eaton press for a breakaway layup. It stretched a four-point advantage to six. Senior Lindsay Callaway also had a key basket in the fourth.
"We just want to build on what we did tonight," Rathbun said. "We had 20 turnovers, so we need to cut down on that. We just need to be more disciplined. And when we get Annette (Warner) and Brianna back, they're both starters, so that will help."
Junior Halei Moody led Eaton with 12 points and eight rebounds.
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Peak to Peak 39, Eaton 33
At Peak to Peak HS
M. Schumacher 1 2-2 4, Jones 0 0-2 0, Willier 1-0-0 2, Brehon 2 0-2 5, Nelson 0 2-2 2, Karlberg 0 0-2 0, Muse 2 0-2 4, Jarnagan 1 2-7 4, Moody 6 0-0 12, B. Schumacher 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 6-19 33.
PEAK TO PEAK (1-0)
Kia 3 4-4 11, DeVries 7 2-4 16, Howard 0 0-2 0, Martinez 3 3-7 9, Callaway 1 1-4 3, Colgate 0 0-0 0, Malhotra 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 10-25 39.
Score by quarters:
Eaton 12 4 6 11 -- 33
Peak to Peak 12 12 6 9 -- 39
3-point field goals -- Eaton (1): Brehon; Peak to Peak (1): Kia. Total fouls -- Eaton 20, Peak to Peak 19. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None.