Glenwood girls take down Faith Christian |

Glenwood girls take down Faith Christian

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs senior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler hoists a running shot during Friday's 55-28 win over Faith Christian.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Watching Glenwood Springs girls basketball as a parent last season, Jacky Gaddis never envisioned being the team’s coach a year later.

Well, the former Roaring Fork and Coal Ridge head coach is back on the bench. And she couldn’t be happier.

Gaddis has inherited a talent-packed squad, one that put its immense potential on display for a sizable home crowd on Friday.

Kenzie Nelson-Buehler used her outside shot and her might in the paint to score 24 points, lifting Glenwood to a 55-28 win over Faith Christian to open the Demon Invitational.

“Oh my gosh,” said Gaddis, who took over after the dismissal of longtime coach Bryan Derby. “This is the hardest-working group. I can’t say enough about these guys.”

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Gaddis’ Demons upped their record to 2-0 with a fast start against the visiting Eagles on Friday. They allowed just two points in the first quarter, taking a 9-2 lead into the second.

Glenwood pushed it to 26-9 by halftime and to 42-21 after three frames.

Gaddis’ daughter, Delaney, finished with 13 points for the Demons. Madi Spence added six points and Jaime Crowley contributed five.

“I think we have a lot of talent,” Nelson-Buehler said. “Even on the bench we have talent. It’s good to have a starting five and then the bench to have. It’s going to be a fun season.”

Glenwood is taking well to Coach Gaddis, whose older daughter, Cassidy, graduated last school year. For Gaddis, coaching the Demons is a quite a role reversal after watching the team the last few years as a mom.

“As a parent, you’re watching games and maybe watching your kids and players, but I wasn’t scouting,” she said. “I wasn’t paying attention in that way. … I had to check the rule book to see how many timeouts I get.”

With the game in hand early, Gaddis, who last coached at Coal Ridge in 2005-06, didn’t have to worry much about timeout management on Friday.

Mara Magnuson led Faith Christian with 11 points.

Faith Christian cruises in boys game

Spencer Bazz scored 23 points, helping Faith Christian to a 70-37 win over Glenwood’s boys.

Andrew Lanier added 11 points as the five-time defending Class 3A champion Eagles coasted to victory.

Jared Gambrel paced the Demons (1-2) with 11 points. Logan Holmberg scored seven points and Pete Ray and Cameron Horning chipped in with five points apiece.

In Friday’s other boys game, Aspen defeated Eagle Valley, 66-58.

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