Glenwood boys rebound with 2-0 day

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – When clicking from the perimeter, Glenwood Springs’ boys basketball team is near impossible to stop.

Connecting at a 41 percent clip on 3-pointers (9-for-22), Glenwood rolled to a 62-49 win over Eagle Valley Saturday afternoon to polish off a 2-0 day at the Demon Invitational. The hosts defeated Woodland Park, 54-29, earlier in the day.

Sharp-shooting junior Kevin Flohr led the way against the Devils with 16 points, draining 5 of his 12 triple tries.

Michael McGraw hit three shots from beyond the arc in a 13-point effort. Josh Galvan also scored 13 points, as the Demons improved to 4-3.

“We were shooting the ball well,” said Glenwood head coach Greg Hire, who was disenchanted with his team’s lack of teamwork in a 79-55 loss to Faith Christian on Friday. “The boys were having a little more patience. They were avoiding turnovers. They were running through our offense and getting great shots.”

Glenwood put the game away early, outscoring Eagle Valley 24-8 in the first quarter.

“We were definitely moving the ball better today,” Flohr said. “We were sharing the ball. We just had a lot more teamwork.”

A barrage of Devil 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter kept the game from getting too far out of hand. Jack Barbella, Tim Wells and Nate Barker all hit from long distance in the game’s final 2 minutes, 11 seconds.

Zeth Ramsay led Eagle Valley (1-5) with 11 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocks. Barker added 10 points.

Eagle Valley lost to Faith Christian, 85-38, earlier Saturday and went 0-3 on the weekend.

Jazmine Zapata hauled in an inbound pass from teammate Kayla Gagnon, went coast to coast on the Glenwood Springs defense and zipped a pass to a wide-open Emily Kingston.

With nerves causing her body to shake just a bit, Kingston bounced the ball off the glass for a game-winning layup.

“I was scared,” conceded Kingston, whose shot delivered Eagle Valley’s girls a 51-49 win over their 4A Western Slope League foe in Saturday’s Demon Invitational finale. “I was so nervous. I was shaking as it was going up there.”

The fateful sequence, which began at the far baseline with 9.5 seconds left on the clock, capped a 4-0 run to close out the game. The Demons had hoped to trap Zapata in the backcourt.

“You know, we had it drawn up to where we were supposed to trap right here on this sideline,” said Glenwood head coach Bryan Derby, pointing to the area in front of his team’s bench. “It didn’t work. [The Devils] did what they were supposed to do. They did a good job at it.”

Derby’s Demons had their chances to put Eagle Valley away earlier in the game.

They went ahead 32-26 on a Kenzie Kuhn 3-pointer midway through the third quarter. In the fourth, they had the Devils on the ropes, going up 46-42 with 2:52 to go.

But, with its post players controlling the boards and converting putback buckets en masse, Eagle Valley always managed to answer.

Jamie Bair led the Devils (5-1) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. She came up big at the free-throw line along the way, connecting on 8 of 9 freebies. Gagnon added 10 points on eight boards. Zapata chipped in with 12 points.

“I couldn’t ask for a better outcome, with the closeness of the game, the intensity, the anticipation,” said Eagle Valley coach Jamie Mayne, whose team went 2-1 at the two-day Demon Invite. “It was good for them to feel what it feels like to win in a pressure situation.”

Kenzie Kuhn scored 23 points to lead Glenwood, which lost twice on Saturday after beating Faith Christian Friday night. Kuhn had 26 points in a 60-53 loss to Woodland Park earlier in the day, giving the junior guard 75 points in three weekend games.

“This is all a building process,” said Derby, whose team dropped to 2-4. “I’m going back to the drawing board. I need to figure out more stuff I can do to help these girls get better. Come league, we’ll be all right.”

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