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Glenwood girls beat up on Palisade

Mark Moore Special to the Post IndependentGlenwood Springs' Connor Adams puts up a shot during Thursday's game at Palisade.
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It took a quarter, but once Glenwood Springs’ girls basketball team hit its stride offensively, it was unstoppable.

Scoring 16 points in the second quarter and surrendering just two, the Demons ran away with a 47-24 win at Palisade on Thursday.

“We came out and we were over-passing a little bit to start the first and third,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. “Once we settled down, we got into our groove. That’s what we needed to do.”



Connor Adams and Cassidy Gaddis led a balanced offensive effort for the Demons with nine points apiece. Lexie Warkentin and Delaney Gaddis chipped in with eight points each.

Glenwood, which improved to 12-1 overall and to 3-0 in the 4A Western Slope League, hosts Delta Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Panthers are 10-2 overall and 3-0 in league play.



“They’re a tough team,” Derby said. “This will be a huge test.”

Palisade dropped to 4-8 overall and to 1-2 in league play with Thursday’s loss.

Countless turnovers and an offensive power outage in the second half cost Glenwood’s boys in a big way on Thursday. The Demons lost to host Palisade, 51-31.

Everything unraveled for Glenwood in the second half as Palisade turned a 21-17 halftime lead into something much bigger. A 12-0 run in the third quarter put the game out of reach.

Mike McGraw paced the Demons (7-5 overall, 1-2 in the 4A WSL) with 13 points. He grabbed seven rebounds and finished with three assists. Robert Reynolds added seven points and Randy Burbidge had six.

Kane Gunther’s 21 points led Palisade, now 10-2 overall and 3-0 in league. The Bulldogs have won 10 straight. They haven’t suffered a setback since a 69-53 loss to Smoky Hill back on Dec. 2.

Jesus Aguirre finished with 14 points for Palisade. He scored 12 of those in the second half.

The Demons will host Delta at 2 p.m. on Saturday.


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