Demons find their stroke
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Bryan Derby told his team to keep shooting.
“Our shots weren’t falling in the first half,” the veteran coach said. “I told the girls, ‘They’ll fall, so keep shooting.'”
Derby’s words proved true.
Behind 38 points from Kenzie Kuhn, Derby’s squad rallied for a 67-59 win over Faith Christian in its Demon Invitational opener on Friday.
“I told them, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s going to fall,'” Derby said. “In the second half, they worked their tails off.”
A win wasn’t a probability in Friday’s early going. Faith Christian scored 12 of the game’s first 14 points and won the first quarter, 19-9.
But the Demons began to tilt the momentum in their direction in the second quarter, cutting the Eagles’ lead to 29-26 by halftime.
Faith’s lead disappeared completely by the end of the third quarter, as the teams entered the final frame locked in a 42-all tie.
Kuhn went wild in the fourth quarter to push Glenwood ahead for good. The senior scored 17 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and connecting on 9 of 9 free throws.
“Everyone started picking it up on defense and our shots started falling on offense [in the second half],” Kuhn said. “That got us more intense, more into the game.”
McKenzie Nelson-Buehler chipped in with 12 points and Lexie Warkentin had seven for the Demons, who improved to 4-0 on the season.
Abby Chapman led Faith (0-2) with 31 points. Jenny Lawler added 15 points.
The two-day Demon Invitational resumes at 9 a.m. this morning.
Kevin Flohr’s 23 points weren’t enough to lift Glenwood’s boys to a win over Faith Christian on the opening night of the Demon Invitational.
Holding the host Demons to just five points in the fourth quarter, the Eagles scored a 64-42 win on Friday.
Jordan Colson led Faith Christian (3-1) with 23 points. Nathan Rindels added 14 points and Evan Marshall contributed 10.
Mike McGraw had seven points for Glenwood, which dropped to 2-2 with the loss.
Hitting 9 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter, Roaring Fork’s boys held on for a 50-43 win over Eagle Valley in its Demon Invitational opener.
Dalton Handy led the Rams, now 2-1 on the season, with 12 points. Trae Moxley contributed 10 points and Jake Strack-Loertscher had eight. Clay Gross and Sam Carpenter scored seven apiece for Roaring Fork, which trailed at halftime, 23-21.
“In the second half, the kids definitely stepped it up,” Rams coach Larry Williams said. “In the first half, we weren’t blocking out and we were throwing the ball away. Give [Eagle Valley] credit. Their press gave us trouble and they were crashing the boards.”
Roaring Fork’s girls dropped their Demon Invitational opener to Eagle Valley, losing to Eagle Valley, 35-25.
Kaleigh Wisroth paced the Rams (0-3) with six points. Shaeley Lough and Nayeli Alfaro scored four apiece.
Kayla Gagnon led the Devils (2-2) with 11 points. Cori Cramer had 10.
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Facing the loss of five crucial games down the stretch due to COVID-19 quarantine rules, the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team’s postseason fate looked uncertain and totally out of the team’s control.