No. 3 Eagles getting rust o≠ after break
VALOR CHR. 65, W. RIDGE 53
wheat ridge » It was, Troy Pachner said, “rough.”
In his 18th season as a head coach, the previous 17 at D’Evelyn, Valor Christian’s first- year boss knows about early January games in Colorado.
His Eagles had one in a 65- 53 victory against host Wheat Ridge on Wednesday night to open Class 4A Jefferson County League play and start it back up after the holiday break.
“I didn’t think we were very good tonight,” said Pachner, noting his team’s lack of rebounding. “( But) Wheat Ridge played hard andwe didn’t bring it. Credit Wheat Ridge.”
It also was Pachner’s 300th career victory, but it still didn’t wash away what he thought could have been a better game to enjoy.
As it was, the Eagles, 8- 0 overall, 1- 0 in league and ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press’ 4A media poll, twice ran away and tried to hide from the Farmers ( 5- 2, 0- 1), only to have them respond.
Junior Jalen Sanders led the Eagles with 21 points. Booker Schelhaas added 14 and Kayle Knuckles added 12 as Valor managed to come up with answers.
“It’s a game of runs and we just have to be better than that and, hopefully, our runs will be better,” Sanders said.
Xavier Dreiling led the Farmers with 16 points, but defensive lapses and turnovers kept them chasing as did just 13 points over the first and third quarters and 5- of- 13 free- throwshooting.
Valor will visit Golden on Friday.