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Sports Briefs

Glenwood Springs made it seven in a row on Saturday, scoring a 72-47 boys basketball win over visiting Palisade.

Kevin Flohr erupted for 32 points, knocking down seven 3-pointers along the way. Nick Ciani added 18 points and Mike McGraw scored 11 for the Demons, who haven’t lost since a 53-37 setback at Grand Junction on Dec. 14.

“We just dominated defensively, to be honest,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “We started out in man and then made an adjustment to a 1-3-1 [zone]. We got 11 steals out of it. We outrebounded them. … Overall, we played a good game.”

Hitchcock’s Demons improve to 11-3 overall and to 4-0 in the 4A Western Slope League with the win. They are now all alone in first place.

“We’re playing great basketball right now,” Hitchcock said. “We’ve cleaned some things up on the offensive end and we’re starting to rebound now, which is good. Slowly but surely, we’re getting pretty close to where I expect this basketball team to be.”

Palisade dropped to 5-8 overall and to 1-2 in the 4A WSL with the loss.

After looking lost and listless in a 64-48 loss at Delta on Friday, Glenwood’s girls had some spring to their step on Saturday.

Jumping ahead 17-7 after a quarter and never looking back, the Demons pummeled Palisade, 67-32.

“They came out ready to play basketball tonight,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. “Last night wasn’t a team I’ve ever seen.”

Kenzie Kuhn’s 22 points led the Demons, now 12-2 overall and 3-1 in the 4A WSL. Connor Adams added 11 points and Kenzie Nelson-Buehler scored 11.

Both Glenwood’s boys and girls travel to Fruita Monument on Tuesday. The girls play at 5:30 p.m., with the boys tipping off at approximately 7 p.m.

Keegan Swirbul (fifth place) and teammate Riley Heald (eighth) cracked the top 10 in Saturday’s 5K skate race at Snow Ranch Park in Granby, helping lift the Aspen High boys cross country team to a third-place finish.

Swirbul crossed the line in 15 minutes, 2.6 seconds – nearly 47 seconds behind race winner Christian Shanley, who led Battle Mountain to a second-place finish. Summit High, which had three racers finish in the top nine, won the team title.

Brett Gordon, Hudson McNamee and Luke Smith finished 16th, 22nd and 25th, respectively, for the Skiers.

On the girls side, Ellie Parker, Else Dodge and Hannah Dodge wound up 12th, 14th and 15th, respectively, for Aspen, which finished third. Vail Mountain School took first and Steamboat Springs was second.

Skiers teammates Sophie Stuber and Elise Marrs finished 25th and 30th, respectively.

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