Demons surge past Rams in girls hoops
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Jordan DeCrow felt confident as the ball left her hands. Turns out, she had plenty of reason to be.
“When it came off my hand, I saw the backspin and I felt pretty confident,” the Glenwood Springs sophomore said. “When it went in, I was pumped.”
DeCrow’s shot – a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation – forced overtime against visiting Roaring Fork.
The Demons, who scored nine straight points to force the extra frame, didn’t let up. They scored 13 out of 14 points in overtime to pull out a 59-47 girls basketball win over their valley rival on Tuesday.
“You’ve got to give it to Glenwood,” Rams coach Kirk Cheney said. “We had them on the ropes how many times? We just couldn’t get over that hump today. We’d get right to that point where we could put them away, and then we’d let them right back in.”
A pair of Autumn Grandberry free throws put Glenwood in a 46-37 hole with 1 minute, 24 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
And that’s when, after a night of poor shooting, the Demons started connecting.
Delaney Gaddis sunk back-to-back 3s to slice it to 46-43. Then came DeCrow’s equalizer.
“We were playing good defense all night, but the shots wouldn’t go,” said Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis, who is not only a 1979 Roaring Fork graduate but also coached the Rams at one point. “I tell you what, when it was time we needed them to go, they went.”
The Demons closed the game with a 22-1 run.
Although Tuesday’s contest didn’t count in any league standings – Glenwood plays in the 4A Western Slope League and Roaring Fork in the 3A WSL – the game meant a lot to both sides. With just a few miles of Highway 82 separating the towns of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, the players and coaches all know each other.
And pull for each other.
Spotting a dejected Roaring Fork player – Toni Gross, specifically – in the hallway outside the Glenwood gym, Coach Gaddis offered up some kind words and a hug.
Conversely, Cheney had some kind words for the Demons’ hero of the night.
“Nice shot, DeCrow!” Cheney shouted.
“We’re not in the same league, but I think everybody pulls for each other,” Coach Gaddis said. “We’re all one big family on the Western Slope.”
But it was Gaddis’ Demons prevailing in this one.
Kenzie Nelson-Buehler’s 18 points led Glenwood, now 6-1 overall. She scored seven of those points in overtime. Delaney Gaddis finished with 13 points, including six in the fourth quarter and four in overtime. Hailey Armstrong chipped in with 11 points, Madi Spence seven and DeCrow six.
Megan Gianinetti led the Rams (2-3) with 17 points. Hattie Gianinetti added nine, Shaeley Lough seven and Grandberry six.
Trae Moxley enjoys being Roaring Fork’s go-to guy. The Rams went to their 6-foot-5 senior plenty on Tuesday.
Getting 21 points from their big man, including 16 in the second half, Roaring Fork’s boys managed to hold on for a 58-51 win over host Glenwood on Tuesday.
“I struggled in the first half,” said Moxley, who is headed to Colorado State University on a football scholarship next school year. “When we got into the locker room, coach got in my face and told me to step it up in the second half, so I stepped it up and kept my composure and figured out how to get better shots.”
Jack Fisher also worked hard in the paint for Roaring Fork, finishing with 11 points. Dakotah Grett finished with 10 points for the Rams (3-2). Ben Carpenter scored eight and Tanner Nieslanik six.
Freshman Cameron Horning led the Demons (2-6) with 13 points. Grant Fegan scored 10, Chris Thomas eight and Logan Holmberg six.
“Glenwood’s fast and they had a good game plan,” Rams coach Larry Williams said. “They took it to the hole and attacked the rim.”
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