Demons set the nets ablaze in win over Steamboat
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Jackie Gaddis tried something different with her lineup against Steamboat Springs on Saturday afternoon. She was more than pleased when the final outcome was a familiar one.
Delaney Gaddis scored a game-high 12 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Demons, who focused on team play and came away with a 51-41 Class 4A Western Slope League victory at Chavez Gymnasium.
“We were working on a lot of different things today,” coach Gaddis said. “We worked with different substitutions, used a different starting lineup today and worked on a lot of things defensively. Maybe in hindsight that wasn’t the best thing to do.”
But it worked for Glenwood (9-3 overall, 5-3 league play), which rallied back from a small second-half deficit with a third-quarter surge before closing the game out in the final stanza.
The Demons shot lights out, hitting 51.3 percent (20 for 39) from the floor while holding the Sailors (6-7, 2-6) to just 16-of-44 shooting (36.3 percent) for the game.
The offense really clicked in the second half for Glenwood, which hit 13-of-18 shots in the final 16 minutes to rally from a 24-23 halftime deficit. Seven of the nine Glenwood players who saw time on the floor scored.
“It wasn’t like just one person wanted to go out there and be the leader,” said Delaney Gaddis, who scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half. “Everyone wanted to go out there and contribute.”
The six 3-point field goals the Sailors hit kept them in the game throughout. Three of them came from senior McKenzie Repollo, who had a team-high 10 points. Her trey with 1 minute, 15 seconds remaining before halftime was Steamboat’s final points before the break.
The Sailors extended their lead to 28-25 on a layup from Mikaila Jegtvig with 5:43 left in the third quarter, but a foul shot from Taylor Kontour and a three-point play off a steal and layup from Delaney Gaddis put the Demons ahead for good, 29-28, with 3:56 on the clock. Gaddis followed with a 3-pointer from the top of the key on Glenwood’s next possession as part of a 12-3 run to end the stanza.
A 3-pointer from Alice Holmquist to begin the fourth quarter brought the Sailors within 37-34. But Delaney Gaddis answered on the other end with her second shot of the day from downtown, and Steamboat could never close the gap again.
Kenzie Nelson-Buehler had 10 points, Laura McDermott added nine and Jordan DeCrow chipped in seven for Glenwood, which continues its stretch of four games in seven days with a matchup at Eagle Valley on Tuesday. Maggie Crouch added eight and Jegtvig had seven for the Sailors, who don’t play again until Friday when they host Summit.
Grant Fegan scored 11 points, and Brian Burbidge’s seven fourth-quarter points helped the Glenwood Springs boys top Steamboat Springs, 42-30, to snap a three-game losing streak.
Cameron Horning added nine points and Chris Thomas six for the Demons (4-9 overall, 3-5 4A WSL), who had lost four of five games coming into Saturday afternoon’s contest. Glenwood was down 16-13 at halftime, held a two-point edge at 22-20 by the end of the third quarter and outscored the Sailors (7-6, 3-5) 14-9 in the next six minutes to pull away.
“Today we came out a little sluggish, like our feet were in cement or something,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “But in the second half we got going, started moving better and finding guys wide open.
“It took them a little bit to figure out that if we start moving around, stop standing, start being aggressive and start attacking the basket, we’ll get some buckets.”
Ben Custer had a game-high 12 points and Zach Dunklin and Carter Kounovsky each added six for the Sailors. Matthew Lanning and Garrett Bye, the Sailors’ sophomore big men who combined for 20 points in Steamboats’ 47-45 home win on Dec. 15, were each a non-factor Saturday.
Dunklin’s foul shots with 5:27 left to play brought Steamboat within 27-26, but Burbidge, a sophomore, followed with a jumper on the Demons’ next possession and then, after a Steamboat turnover, drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Fegan followed with a running jumper with 3:42 left, and Burbidge capped the 9-0 run with a transition layup for a 36-26 Glenwood cushion.
Custer’s 3-point play a few seconds later kept the Sailors in it. Glenwood, however, held Steamboat without a field goal the rest of the way.
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