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Glenwood Springs girls drop another heartbreaker

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The script’s been all too familiar.

Too many turnovers. Too many missed baskets.

That pretty much sums up what tripped up the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team in Tuesday’s 43-39 loss to visiting Fruita Monument.



And it’s been a regular storyline for the struggling Demons, who have now lost three of their last four games after an 11-0 start to the season.

“We just made too many mistakes again tonight,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. “We’re not taking care of the basketball. We’re not making the easy shots underneath. It’s something we teach daily.”



Fruita’s Jessica Sinner sunk two free throws with 8.8 seconds left to ice Tuesday’s game.

The Demons had chances to tie it prior to Sinner’s freebies, but were terrorized by turnovers late in dropping to 12-3 overall.

“We just cracked under pressure for some reason,” Derby said. “I don’t know why, but we’ll see what can do Wednesday at practice.”

Glenwood led 14-11 after a quarter and 22-17 at halftime, but were outgunned in the second half.

The Wildcats (6-7) won the third by a 15-8 count to grab a 32-30 lead entering the fourth.

Lauren LaBonde led Fruita – and all scorers – with 19 points. Sinner chipped in with nine points and Kassidy Fair finished with six.

Lexie Warkentin’s 15 points led the Demons. Connor Adams added 10 and Cassidy Gaddis six. Delaney Gaddis and Kenzie Nelson-Buehler both scored four points.

Glenwood returns to 4A Western Slope League action with a trip to Eagle Valley on Thursday. The game tips off at 6 p.m.

The Demons currently own a 3-1 record in league play.

Drew Bridges and Alex Padgett pack quite the scoring punch.

Glenwood’s boys hoops squad learned that firsthand on Tuesday.

The Fruita Monument senior tandem accounted for a collective 50 points of offense, helping their Wildcats to a 74-37 win.

Bridges finished with 26 points and Padgett 24 as the Wildcats improved to 11-2 with the non-league triumph.

“Give credit to Fruita,” said Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock, whose team was missing three starters – Mike McGraw, Collin Porterfield and Cody Derby – due to injury or illness. “That’s a dang good basketball team. They’re top 10 in the state. They’re athletic and long, and they’ve got guys who can score the ball.”

Colby Dixon added 12 points for Fruita, which limited the Demons to just two points in the second quarter to take a 37-13 halftime lead.

“We played pretty good defense,” Wildcats coach Dave Fox said. “We seemed to get in the passing lanes really well tonight, which always leads to our offense. Our break starts the whole thing. We tried to share the ball well, and we have a couple kids that can finish it well.”

It wasn’t all good for Fox’s squad, though. Guard Zack Thorpe went down with a knee injury late.

“It was bittersweet,” the coach said. “I’m a little nervous about that. It didn’t look good.”

Randy Burbidge led Glenwood with 16 points, hitting three 3-pointers along the way. Kellin Casey contributed seven points for the Demons, who dipped to 7-7 overall.

Glenwood returns to 4A Western Slope League play at Eagle Valley Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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