Prep Basketball Roundup: McGraw, Glenwood boys hoops team pummel the host Huskies |

Prep Basketball Roundup: McGraw, Glenwood boys hoops team pummel the host Huskies

Staff Report
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Mike McGraw led the way with 31 points as Glenwood Springs’ boys basketball team scored a 72-30 win at Battle Mountain on Friday.

Randy Burbidge added 14 points for the Demons, who improved to 10-11 overall and to 4-6 in the 4A Western Slope League. Chris Thomas finished with eight points, Grant Fegan seven and Robert Reynolds five.

“We showed what we can do when we play basketball the way we’re capable of playing,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said.

Hithcock’s Demons are off until a Tuesday trip to Moffat County.

Led by Connor Adams’ 12 points, the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team routed host Battle Mountain, 55-22, Friday night.

A balanced attack helped the Demons to the easy win. Delaney Gaddis and Sarah Davis each chipped in nine points, and Cassidy Gaddis and Taylor Kontour added seven apiece.

“We just ran what we always do,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said of the defensive effort. “We were a little sluggish in the first half, but we picked it up in the second [half] and got it done.”

The Demon girls face Moffat County in Craig on Tuesday.

Darik Brown’s 12 points led a balanced offensive effort as Coal Ridge’s boys defeated visiting Basalt, 75-39, on Friday.

Alec Herrera and McCade Cox chipped in with nine points apiece for the Titans, who improved to 8-10 overall and to 7-5 in the 3A WSL. Tyler Guettler added eight points and Ely Arreola and Cody Walls each had seven.

Coal Ridge is off until a trip to Roaring Fork on Friday.

Coal Ridge’s girls basketball team rolled past Basalt Friday night, 66-28.

The Titans were led by Amanda Wenzel’s 16 points, Ciara Chacon’s 15 and Cassie Blackard and Allie Ehlers chipped in eight apiece.

Jake Higuera has never seen his Grand Valley boys basketball team play defense as well as it did on Friday. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the offense just wasn’t there to complement that defense.

Scoring just six points in the second half, Grand Valley suffered a 28-25 loss to visiting Gunnison.

“We just couldn’t find it,” Higuera said. “We couldn’t get it going.”

The Cardinals dipped to 10-7 overall and to 6-5 in the 3A WSL with the loss.

“We’ll have to get up and keep fighting,” Higuera said. “We’ll have to tighten some things up and see what we can do.”

Higuera’s squad hosts Olathe at 4 p.m. today.

With playoff placement on their minds, the Grand Valley girls rolled past the Gunnison Cowboys Friday night.

Led by Ashlynn Speakman’s 12 points, the Cardinals cruised to a 45-30 win.

“The key to the game was controlling them on the glass,” Grand Valley coach Mike Johnson said. “They’re huge. They have players that are 6-foot or 5-11. … We really kept them off the boards.”

Haley Johnson added 11 for Grand Valley, whose defense shut down WSL star Alyssa Nelson.

Nelson scored 10, but five of her points came in the waning moments.

“Rocio Roman and Kristen Schubert really defended her well,” Johnson said. “We bottled [Nelson] up. … We’re now assured of the second seed in our side of the bracket.”

The Cardinals face first-place Olathe today.

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