Demons exact revenge on Delta
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – In a 64-48 loss in Delta on Jan. 14, Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Bryan Derby didn’t have a solid explanation for the way his team played.
The Demons just didn’t play well.
“Man, these girls just did not come out to play tonight,” Derby said at the time. “I know it happens, but it’s just not fun.”
On Saturday, Derby’s squad had a bit more fun. Hitting at a 6-for-6 clip at the foul line in the final 22.9 seconds, Glenwood Springs avenged that Jan. 14 setback with a 59-56 win over the visiting Panthers.
“You know, we’ve been wanting this one since the day we got off the bus when we pulled up there,” Derby said. “What can I say? This is a great group of kids.”
Kenzie Kuhn’s 22 points – including four straight free throws to close out the game – led the way for the Demons, who can win the 4A Western Slope League with victories in their remaining three games.
Lexie Warkentin finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, Cassidy Gaddis 10 points and four assists and Connor Adams nine points. Hannah McDermott added eight rebounds.
“I think we were better at talking and communicating with each other,” said Gaddis, a junior. “The last game [against Delta], we were all kind of frantic. This game, we played more as a team. We wanted it more.”
When Kuhn gave Glenwood a 44-36 with a 35-foot 3-pointer as time expired on the third quarter, destiny appeared to be in the Demons’ corner.
But, as they did all afternoon, the Panthers fought their way back into the game.
A 10-2 Delta run to start the fourth – three of those points coming on a bank 3-pointer by Sadie Carrillo – tied the game at 46.
“We just have a lot of character,” Delta coach Matt Hamm said. “I mean, we have the type of kids that hate losing so bad that they’re not going to let any type of deficit keep us totally out of the game.”
Two more tie counts followed before the Demons took the lead for good on a three-point play by Adams that made it 53-52 with 1 minute, 40 seconds remaining. Falling to the ground in the face of defensive pressure, Warkentin sent a pass to Adams, positioned under the basket, for a layup.
Gaddis added a pair of free throws with 22.9 seconds left to make it 55-52 and the Demons iced the game with four free throws from Kuhn.
“I knew my girls were tired, but it came down to free throws and we work hard on that,” Derby said. “That’s what won us the game tonight.”
The Demons improved to 17-3 overall and to 8-1 in the 4A WSL with the win.
Delta, which was led by Skylyn Webb’s 17 points and seven rebounds, dipped to 14-5 overall and to 7-2 in league play.
Moffat County is the only other team in the 4A WSL with one loss. The Demons face the Bulldogs at home on Feb. 15.
Glenwood’s other two remaining games are at home against Battle Mountain (Friday) and at Eagle Valley (Feb. 18).
Glenwood’s boys haven’t played team basketball like they did on Saturday. Not if you ask the Demons’ coaching staff, anyway.
“Overall, as a team, my assistant coach, Pat [Waller], said that was the best team basketball we’ve seen all year,” head coach Cory Hitchcock said. “That’s what we’re trying to tell these guys. If somebody has an off game, we need other people to step up. It’s nice that everybody scored tonight. It was pretty balanced.”
With everyone on the roster finding his way into the score book, Glenwood recorded a 66-51 win over Delta.
Mike McGraw led the way with 13 points. Kellin Casey added 10 and Kevin Flohr, Nick Ciani and Collin Porterfield each chipped in nine apiece as the first-place Demons improved to 15-5 overall and to 8-1 in the 4A WSL.
Saturday’s game played out in a wildly different fashion than Glenwood’s 86-82 win over the Panthers on Jan. 14.
“That was intense last time,” McGraw said. “Both teams, nobody missed anything. Today, we ran our offense a lot more.”
Jake Ames led Delta (8-11 overall, 3-6 in the 4A WSL) with 17 points.
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