Glenwood boys sink Steamboat, claim league title
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – Streaky play was the rule in Saturday evening’s showdown between the top two teams in the Western Slope league.Glenwood Springs’ streaks proved better, however, and the Demons built a large enough cushion to withstand a late Sailors’ surge, winning 57-52 and locking up the league championship.”We did a good job. We started out well and came out strong and played a pretty complete game,” Glenwood coach Greg Hire said.Glenwood Springs was best early, then again for a dominating stretch through the middle of the game. The Demons leapt to a 9-0 lead and threw the hammer down again after Steamboat charged back to tie the game at 19.Ahead by four at the half, 25-21, Glenwood built the game-deciding advantage with a vicious defensive performance in the first 12 minutes of the second half.Steamboat scored just six points in the third quarter and lagged far behind into the fourth.Glenwood shuttered the lane, stopping Steamboat’s ability to drive, then forced turnovers with an intense defensive pressure.”Overall our team doesn’t have offensive flow,” Steamboat senior Jack Spady said. “Whatever we’re doing, it’s not working out. We’re not getting everyone involved.””Our kids didn’t quit,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “Glenwood, they have a lot of shooters and the problem is if they get open at all, they’ll knock down shots. Any of their guards can hit shots. It’s tough. You have to play them really solid defensively, then when they’re on defense they move so well. They’re quick and create turnovers.”Wood led all scorers in the game with 22 points. Forsyth had 13 and Spady 10. Glenwood was led by Kevin Flohr, who finished with 21 points. Russell Collins had 17.Steamboat, 12-8 and 9-3, returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Moffat County High School. With a win, the team could lock up second place in the league.
The Glenwood Springs girls basketball team opened Saturday afternoon’s Western Slope league contest wary of Steamboat senior Colleen King, doubling the Sailors’ forward – at times whether she had the ball or not.And that paid off, early, as the Demons jumped to a first-quarter lead.Steamboat’s outside shooting eventually took advantage however and King found a way to break through Glenwood’s restraints. The Sailors surged in the second half to knock off the Demons, 55-38.The win helps Steamboat separate in the top ranks of the Western Slope, securing the team in second place, behind Rifle. Another victory on Tuesday, when the team travels to Moffat County for a 6 p.m. game, would ensure the Sailors of finishing in that spot.
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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.