Kuhn, Glenwood win thriller
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The play didn’t much resemble what Bryan Derby drew up on the sidelines, but that didn’t matter much to the Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach.
He got the result he wanted anyway.
With Moffat County defenders in her face and time running out in regulation, Kenzie Kuhn somehow sunk a 6-foot shot that tied Friday’s game between the Demons and visiting Bulldogs. Once in overtime, the Demons hit their free throws en route to a 56-48 win over their rivals.
Kuhn’s shot developed out of broken play. Inbounding the ball near midcourt with 8.9 seconds left, the Demons had a plan.
“We tried to use Kenzie as a decoy,” Derby said. “We set up the play for Cassidy [Gaddis]. We were supposed to fake to Kenzie and then come back the opposite side and Cassidy was supposed to drive the lane.”
Instead, Kuhn fired an inbound pass to Gaddis, who met resistance in the form of a Bulldog double team. So Gaddis sent a pass to Kuhn, who dribbled hoop-ward. She advanced deep into the left flat and hoisted the best shot she could get off.
“I heard the crowd counting down,” Kuhn said. “I just put it up, I guess. I felt like the entire [Moffat County] team was guarding me.”
The Bulldogs defended the shot about as well they could have, giving Kuhn virtually no space for a good look. She hit it the shot anyway, tying the game at 45.
“I thought we did defend it pretty well,” Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen said. “She just made a good shot.”
Kuhn finished with a game-high 30 points, hitting 17 of 19 free throws along the way. The junior guard sunk 6 of 8 freebies in overtime as the Demons outscored the Bulldogs 11-3 in the extra period.
A technical foul call on Mortensen with 1 minutes, 8 seconds left in overtime helped Glenwood pull away.
“That was pretty dumb on my part,” said Mortensen, who muttered something that didn’t sit well with an official. “That put us behind the eight ball.”
Kuhn hit both of the resulting free throws to put the Demons up 50-47. She hit another free throw 10 seconds later to extend the lead to four.
From there, the Bulldogs had to foul and Glenwood iced the game at the stripe.
“It’s a really big win,” Kuhn said. “The girls played so good. We came back and didn’t get down. Everyone played amazing. Everyone stepped up for us.”
After building a 10-point lead midway through the second quarter, the Demons saw that advantage slowly shrink as the game wore on.
Moffat clawed back to tie things up at 36 by the 6:33 mark in the fourth. The Bulldogs went ahead for the first time since the first quarter when, with 5:24 left, Amanda Snyder hit a 3-pointer to make it 41-38 in favor of the visitors.
The lead remained in Moffat’s possession until Kuhn’s fateful heave.
“Our girls played well,” Mortensen said. “Give our kids credit. They battled back.”
Lindsey Yoast paced the Bulldogs, now 9-11 overall and 7-4 in the 4A Western Slope League, with 11 points. Amanda Snyder and Lauren Roberts scored 10 apiece and Annie Sadvar finished with nine. Roberts also finished with nine rebounds.
Cassidy Gaddis scored 12 and dished out five assists for Glenwood, which improved to 11-8 overall and to 7-4 in league. Connor Adams chipped in with eight points. Hannah McDermott pulled down seven boards.
“I’m just proud of the team tonight,” said Derby. “The girls stepped up and did the job. They gave 100 percent tonight.”
Moffat County boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis knows the name Kevin Flohr well. He played against a fellow by that name back in his high school days.
On Friday, Maneotis and his Bulldogs were victimized by a another fellow named Kevin Flohr, whose 13 third-quarter points helped Glenwood Springs pull away in what would go down as a 59-38 win for the Demons.
“I know the Flohr name well,” said Maneotis, a Moffat County alum. “I played against his dad in high school.”
Little Flohr, a Demon just like his dad once was, finished with a game-high 19 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the process. He even converted a four-point play, following up a triple with a free throw late in the third.
Glenwood held a 21-14 lead at intermission before outscoring the Bulldogs 38-24 in the second half.
Russell Collins had 11 points for the Demons, who improved to 15-5 overall and to 11-0 in the 4A WSL. Glenwood can clinch a league title with a win at Steamboat Springs this afternoon.
“Taking care of business [at Steamboat] would be fantastic,” Glenwood Springs coach Greg Hire said.
Brian Ivy led Moffat County, now 4-16 overall and 2-9 in league, with 17 points. Pablo Salcido chipped in with seven.
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