The Lady Eagles opened their season up with a victory Tuesday afternoon over newly conference aligned opponent Cheyenne, routing the Desert Shield 42-0 on the road.
In an all-around effort, the Lady Eagles extended their stretch of dominance over Southern Nevada opponents to 43-1 with Tuesday victory, dating back to when the sport was first sanctioned by Clark County School District in the winter of 2013.
Quarterback senior Jeanne Carmell looked to be in midseason form Tuesday against the Desert Shield, carving up Cheyenne’s defense for 272 passing yards and a touchdown. Completing 18 of her 25 passes, Carmell also added a rushing touchdown for Boulder City, while rushing for 17 yards on a pair of carries.
In the backfield, running back senior Paige Buettner reached the end zone twice for the Lady Eagles on her four carries, rushing for 30 yards while catching a pair of passes from Carmell for 54 yards and another score.
Wide receiver Kenadee Bailey and running back London Ayers, both juniors, also earned rushing touchdowns for the Lady Eagles, both scoring on 4-yard plunges, while receiver Oshanna Remy, a senior, added 31 yards on the ground on a pair of attempts.
Remy, the team’s leading receiver, was highly effective through the air as well Tuesday, hauling in eight catches for 114 yards, while Bailey paced the offense with 63 yards on four catches. Receiver Makenzy Waldo, a senior, also contributed, catching three passes for 26 yards, while senior Tarah Cox caught one pass for 15 yards.
“The offense ran smoothly today,” said head coach Chris Morelli. We have a great group of girls that want to learn and absorb all the information given to them. Each week they continue to get better.”
On defense, the Lady Eagles were just as dominant, pitching a routine shutout that has dictated the culture at Boulder City.
“These girls take pride in their defense,” Morelli said. “They have so much heart and determination. They know what to do on defense and can make adjustments without hesitation.”
Buettner, the area’s leading sack master a season ago with 42, led the Lady Eagles’ defense Tuesday with six tackles, while linebackers Remy and Bailey added six tackles as well.
Bailey also pulled down an interception for the Lady Eagles, while linebacker senior Emma Jeppsen added four tackles and Carmell, who doubles as one of the team’s cornerback, tallied a pair as well.
The Lady Eagles will resume their season today with a road game at Mojave, before hosting a trio of games Monday, Wednesday and Dec. 11 against Sierra Vista, Cimarron-Memorial and Southeast Career Technical Academy, respectfully.
In an attempt to show their holiday spirit this season, the Lady Eagles are encouraging their fans to participate in their attempt to donate to the 98.5 KLUC Toy Drive by bringing unwrapped toys, bicycles or gift cards to their upcoming home games this week.
Taking on the defending Division I-A state champion Spring Valley Grizzlies on the road Tuesday night, the Boulder City girl’s basketball program suffered an uncharacteristic opening-season 60-25 loss.
Opening their season without star senior guard Megan Morton, who won player of the year honors for the conference last season after averaging 17 points and nine rebounds per game, the Lady Eagles found themselves in a funk Tuesday without their go-to star.
Unable to handle two of the most talented guards in the state, Spring Valley sophomores Kayla Harris and Essence Booker, the duo teamed together to score 23 points on the night, while Booker dished out 12 assists.
Despite what the score suggests on the scoreboard, this is hardly a crushing defeat for the Lady Eagles as a unit.
“Everyone played hard tonight, there were just too many mistakes made out there,” Boulder City head coach Paul Dosch said. “We learned a lot about ourselves tonight and we will continue to work hard to correct our miscues.”
Without Morton in the game because of an unspecified reason, the Lady Eagles got a first-hand look at the future Tuesday night in their nonconference game, with freshmen Hannah Estes and Setia Cox seeing the floor against the state’s best.
Estes was second on the team in scoring with five points Tuesday, while Cox added two points. Newcomer junior Alea Lehr also scored three points at the guard position, while returner Lauren Mullins added two points as well in the backcourt.
In the frontcourt, junior Julia Worrall led the Eagles with eight points, while senior Rylee Dosch added three points. Sophomore Jerra Hinson chipped in two points to conclude the Lady Eagles’ scoring efforts.
“I like the way our upperclassman handled themselves,”coach Dosch said. “Jules Worrall played her heart out and showed great leadership tonight. I’m hopeful she is going to continue to lead, while Rylee Dosch played her best game of her varsity career, giving a top-notch effort against the Grizzlies.”
With the season just getting underway, the Lady Eagles will look to get better this weekend in the Lake Mead Holiday Classic, where they’ll face off against Division III program Lincoln County at 1 p.m. today followed by a 4 p.m. game against Calvary Chapel. Boulder City also will compete on Friday and Saturday.
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