Demons sweep Sailors in lopsided fashion
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Don’t write the Demons off just yet.
Behind 23 points from Mike McGraw, 11 from Kellin Casey and 10 from Robert Reynolds, Glenwood Springs ran away with a 66-50 boys basketball win over visiting Steamboat Springs on Saturday.
The Demons, who had lost four of their last five games entering the day, avenged a 61-43 loss to the Sailors back on Jan. 6.
“We’re right in the thick of it still,” said McGraw, who helped his team close out the win with 14 fourth-quarter points.
Glenwood, which improved to 9-8 overall and to 3-4 in the 4A Western Slope League, hadn’t played since a Jan. 20 win over Battle Mountain. The Demons used the time off wisely.
“We got five full days of hard practice,” McGraw relayed. “It paid off so much. Coach pushed us really hard. We went back to the fundamentals, and that’s basically what won it for us.”
Closing the first quarter on an 8-0 run, Glenwood took a 13-4 lead into the second.
The Demons kept up the pressure, extending their lead to 24-9 by halftime.
“I really challenged the boys to just play defense and take care of the basketball,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “If you can do that, you’re going to win basketball games.”
After the Demons extended their lead to 43-23 early in the fourth quarter, Steamboat charged back to make it interesting – briefly. Using full-court, pressure defense to fuel a 9-0 run, the Sailors pulled to within 43-32 with 5 minutes, 30 seconds left.
But Glenwood hit its free throws down the stretch, connecting at a 14-of-17 clip at the foul line in the fourth quarter.
“We knew they were going to show up and play tough no matter what, and they did,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “Give them credit. They did some nice things. We couldn’t get anything going offensively, and we missed some shots we normally hit. We were just kind of stuck in the mud the whole game.”
Jake Miller led the Sailors (7-10 overall, 3-4 in the 4A WSL) with 13 points. Justin Ditter added 11 and Kit Croop scored nine.
Steamboat heads to Battle Mountain to face the Huskies on Friday night.
Reynolds had 12 rebounds to go with his 10 points for the Demons, who got seven points from Randy Burbidge and six from Pete Ray.
Glenwood heads to Roaring Fork on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-league game.
Palisade, which currently sits atop the 4A WSL standings, visits Glenwood on Friday night.
Delaney Gaddis caught a long pass from a teammate and launched a shot from just beyond the arc that caromed off the glass and in for a third-quarter 3-pointer.
It was that kind of day for Gaddis and her Glenwood Springs girls basketball teammates. Just about everything went right.
With Gaddis’ 14 points leading a balanced offensive effort, the Demons scored a 62-21 win over Steamboat in Saturday’s girls game.
Kenzie Nelson-Buehler added 13 points and Cassidy Gaddis had 12 for Glenwood, which improved to 15-3 overall and to 6-1 in the 4A WSL. Connor Adams chipped in with eight points and Sarah Davis contributed six points and eight rebounds.
The Demons opened the game on a 16-2 run and kept pouring it on from there, taking a 22-4 lead after a quarter and extending it to 36-12 by halftime.
“We just knew where everyone else was on offense,” Nelson-Buehler said. “We found the open person, and that’s what we really needed to do.”
On the flip side, the Sailors just couldn’t find any sort of stride in any phase of the game.
“We didn’t come out very well at all,” Sailors coach John Ameen lamented. “That carried over to the rest of the game. They shot 70 percent from two-point range. At the same time, they were wide-open shots. We didn’t get to our spots defensively.”
Maggie Crouch and Nikki Fry led Steamboat (9-8, 3-4) with six points apiece. Eryn Rinck scored five for the Sailors, who head to Battle Mountain on Friday.
The Demons host Palisade on Friday. With Saturday’s win in the books, they’ll enter that game on a high note.
“This team came in today and played lights out,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. “We did everything right defensively. We were getting the rebounds, limiting them to one shot. … This team stepped up.”
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