Canon City 3-point barrage downs Glenwood girls
Nine of Canon City’s 12 first-quarter points came from beyond the 3-point line Friday night, giving the Glenwood Springs Demons’ girls basketbal team a glimpse of what was to come inside Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
As the Tigers heated up from deep, hitting 10 3-pointers in the game, the Demons struggled to take care of the ball and hit shots much of the night, resulting in a convincing 52-34 win by the Tigers over the Demons in the Demon Invitational semifinal matchup, pushing Glenwood Springs into the 3rd place game against Coal Ridge Saturday morning.
“We knew they had a bunch of 3-point shooters coming into the game and they liked to run, and they didn’t disappoint,” said Rhonda Moser, Glenwood Springs’ head coach.
The Demons did a good job of keeping pace with the Tigers in the first quarter as senior Emily Worline hit a 3-pointer from the left corner, senior Ximena Gutierrez hit two free throws, and senior Sequoia Kellogg hit a jumper, making it 9-7 Tigers late in the first quarter. A late 3-pointer from junior Kate Tedquist stretched the Canon City lead to 12-7 after one quarter of play.
Despite the strong start to the game for Glenwood, things got off track for the Demons in the second quarter as turnovers, missed shots, and Canon City 3-pointers sent the Tigers into the half with a 26-11 lead.
Trailing by 15 points coming out of the half, Glenwood looked to get back on track by turning to junior Qwynn Massie in the paint. The physical junior scored two quick buckets to make it an 11-point game, giving the Demons some momentum.
“I thought Qwynn did a really nice job for us there,” said Moser. “It’s still early in the season, so we’re trying to find that rotation.”
As Massie got going in the paint, the Tigers caught fire again from 3-point range as freshman Madelyn Ley hit back-to-back threes, making it a 34-15 game before Worline hit a putback shot in the lane making it 34-17. Worline went on her own 10-0 run in the middle of the third quarter after the putback by hitting a layup in transition and back-to-back 3-pointers, but the senior’s hard work fell by the wayside at the end of the third quarter as Canon City sophomore Emma Rowe and Tedquist hit consecutive threes, pushing the Tigers’ lead to 44-25 heading into the final quarter of play.
Midway through the fourth quarter Glenwood senior Logan Nieslanik hit a jumper to make it a 20-point game , but Canon City senior Ellie Till answered with a 3-pointer and a layup on consecutive possession, making it a 54-28 game. Glenwood closed out the game with two free throws from junior Kate Shanahan and two free throws from sophomore Graci Dietrich, dropping the Demons to 2-3 on the season.
In the loss, Worline led the Demons with 13 points, while Gutierrez added 6 points before fouling out. Canon City junior Jerika Moore led the Tigers with 18 points, while Tedquist added 16 points.
The Demons square off with the Coal Ridge Titans at 10 a.m. Saturday morning in the 3rd place game.
“It will be fun,” said Moser. “I like Clyde [Morgan] and I love what he’s doing there. I love those girls over there; we know them from summer ball. I think it will be a fun, good neighborhood ballgame.”
Glenwood Springs 63, Denver Christian 35
One night after dropping a tough loss to Faith Christian that pushed them into the consolation bracket of their own tournament, the Glenwood Springs Demons came out with a point to prove Friday night inside the original Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium. Thanks to a suffocating defense that didn’t let the Thunder get any semblance of a clean shot early, and a high-powered transition offense, the Glenwood boys rolled to a 63-35 win, setting up a 5th place matchup with Montrose Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
“It was nice to see, but it was what I expected tonight,” said Fred Heisel, Glenwood Springs’ head coach. “It was frustrating last night for all of us, but that was a lot fuel for us tonight and it kept us going all game long.”
Glenwood started fast against Denver Christian, racing out to a 9-0 lead as senior Luke Gair hit a jumper to open the game before senior Angel Garcia drilled a 3-pointer and senior Wyatt Ewer added a layup in transition. Glenwood pushed its lead to 11-0 on a pair of free throws from junior Mitchell Burt.
It appeared as though Glenwood’s tenacious defense was going to hold the Thunder scoreless in the first quarter, but a late bucket off of an offensive rebound by senior Luke Vander Horst got the Thunder on the board, making it an 11-2 game after one quarter of play.
The second quarter saw the Demons really open the throttle on the Thunder, eventually racing out to a 25-2 lead off of two layups and two free throws from senior Chano Gonzalez, a steal and a layup by Garcia, and a jumper by senior Holden Kleager. Holding a 23-point lead, the Demons never let up as Gonzalez hit back-to-back 3-pointers and a layup in transition giving Glenwood a 33-7 lead late in the half before a jumper from Ewer and a 3-pointer by Denver Christian junior Ryan Beattie sent the two teams into the half of the nightcap with Glenwood in control 35-10.
“I think with the athletic ability that we have and the speed upon speed and work ethic that we have, those two things [defense and transition offense] dictate what we do,” said Heisel. “But we can also do some things without our defense. We had some things click for us offensively that was nice to see. We weren’t just scoring solely off of our defense, but that’s our strength. We work hard; our boys work really hard.”
Coming out of the break, the Demons got back to the track meet inside the old Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium as Garcia opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, while Gair and Gonzalez hit buckets in transition. Senior Erwin Rodriguez got into the action with a 3-pointer of his own, giving Glenwood a 47-16 lead, allowing the Demons to play reserves the rest of the way.
In the fourth quarter with the game well in hand, Glenwood junior guard John Iuele drilled a deep 3-pointer, while juniors Adam Schrader and AJ Adams hit tough shots in the paint, and junior Patrick Young hit two free throws, helping Glenwood close out the win.
By defeating Denver Christian, Glenwood set themselves up for a big game against Montrose Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
“It’s a big, big game for us,” said Heisel. “We have a long road trip next weekend for a tournament on the front range, so we want to close out our own tournament in strong fashion. Plus, Cory [Hitchcock] came from Montrose and still follows us very closely, and I know it would be something special to see the Demons beat the Indians tomorrow night.”
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