Glenwood loses WSL opener to Summit, 76-52 |

Glenwood loses WSL opener to Summit, 76-52

Glenwood Springs had a rough go of it in its 4A Western Slope League boys basketball opener, losing to host Summit on Tuesday, 76-52.

“They shot the ball well,” Demons coach Cory Hitchcock said. “They’re a good basketball team. They’re well coached. They just did a lot of little things to win a basketball game.”

Battling the injury bug, Glenwood fell behind early. After taking an eight-point lead after a quarter, Summit went up 42-21 by halftime.

“My young guys did a good job of coming back to cut it to 14 in the fourth quarter,” Hitchcock said. “It was just too big a hill to climb. Turnovers hurt us. We had a lot of missed opportunities at the free throw line and lots of missed easy layups.”

Jared Gambrel led the Demons (1-4) with 10 points. Logan Holmberg and Grant Fegan added eight points apiece and Brian Burbidge finished with seven.

Summit improved to 1-4 with the win.

Aspen took down visiting Grand Valley in boys hoops on Tuesday, 43-22.

The Cardinals, who dipped to 1-4 on the season, were led by Tyler Scott with 10 points.

Aspen improved to 3-1 overall.

Aspen girls basketball coach Jeremy Haack left a tournament earlier this month feeling optimistic about the progress his young squad had made.

After Tuesday’s home opener against Grand Valley, it’s clear that the Skiers have a long way to go to compete with the 3A Western Slope’s elite.

Aspen (1-2) was overmatched from the start. It struggled mightily to advance the ball on suffocating Cardinals (3-1) pressure and run its offense. Things did not go much better on the other end of the court, where Grand Valley controlled the glass and routinely converted from beyond the arc. The Skiers could not keep pace, falling 62-18 – their second loss by 40-plus points in three games.

The Cardinals raced out to a quick lead in the opening quarter thanks in part to seven points form diminutive guard Rocio Roman, who showcased adept touch on the run, at the free-throw line and from 3. With about three minutes remaining in the first she nailed the first of three consecutive Grand Valley 3-pointers, which turned an 8-2 advantage into a 15-point cushion. It led 19-2 after eight minutes.

The onslaught continued in the second, with Cardinal Lauren Paskett leading the charge. She scored the quarter’s first five points, prompting Haack to call a timeout. The break in play did little to quell Grand Valley’s momentum.

Paskett and Haley Johnson converted in succession on the offensive glass, then Whitney Vance picked off a lazy pass and scored to completely blow things open. Aspen, meanwhile, could muster just two field goals in the first 16 minutes – the last coming on a shot in the lane from Maggie Ryan that barely beat the buzzer in the second quarter.

– Jon Maletz contributed to this report

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