AURORA – Minutes, even seconds, can make a difference in any basketball game.
Nearly seven weeks can make a world of difference.
Valor Christian defeated Rangeview, 82-80, Dec. 7 in the championship game of the Ralston Valley Roundup tournament.
Chase Foster scored 40 points for Valor Christian and Garrett Baggett hit two deciding free throws in the game that saw a combined 45 fouls called on the teams.
Valor Christian, Colorado’s top-ranked Class 4A team, visited Rangeview Tuesday night and it was a different story from the December game.
Rangeview got revenge in a big way as the Class 5A Raiders smashed the Eagles 78-47 in a game that was never close and had only 31 total fouls whistled.
“What a big difference,” said Valor Christian coach Ronnie DeGray. “The first time we played great defense and shot the ball well.
“We didn’t shoot well tonight. When you are a jump shooting team and you don’t shoot well, it means trouble. Rangeview did a good job, switching defenses.”
Valor Christian, which shot 32.6 percent from the field for the game, was 3-of-11 in the first quarter and fell behind.
The Eagles never recovered.
Rangeview built a 16-point lead in the second quarter but Baggett hit a 3-point basket from just inside the midcourt line at the end of the first half to trim the Raiders lead to 10 points.
However, any spark that the half-ending 3-pointer might have provided quickly evaporated as the Eagles made only one field goal in 12 attempts during the third quarter.
Rangeview swelled its lead to 24 points after three quarters.
Baggett, a 6-foot-1 junior, lead Valor with 17 points that included four 3-point baskets. Foster, a 6-5 junior, finished with 16 points.
Larry Bridges scored a game-high 20 points for Rangeview, which improved to 11-3 for the season.
Valor Christian, 15-3, has four games remaining but two are against top 10 teams in Class 4A.
The Eagles next game is Feb. 2 at unbeaten Sand Creek, ranked No. 5. No. 7 Cheyenne Mountain plays at Valor on Feb. 9.
Valor could get a spark with the return of Christian McCaffrey who has played only five games because on an ankle injury. He is expected back in February.