Teamwork pays off as Demons rout Devils
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The gaps in the defense were there, but the Demons weren’t finding them.
And Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Bryan Derby let his team know it.
“Find the open man!” he shouted as the Demons huddled between the first and second quarters of Thursday’s game with visiting Eagle Valley.
From the second quarter on, Derby’s team did just that.
With crisp passing leading to layups and easy buckets, Glenwood coasted to a 55-31 win over the Devils.
“We weren’t patient in that first quarter,” Derby said. “I had a chat with them and they came out in the second quarter and pretty much did what I asked. We still have things to work on, but for today’s game, they did what I asked.”
The Demons scored the first 10 points of the second quarter to turn a 9-4 lead after one into a 19-4 advantage at the 2 minutes, 8 seconds later. And they kept piling it on, outscoring the Devils by a 21-9 margin in the second to take a 30-13 lead into halftime.
“We just had a slow start to begin with,” Glenwood junior Connor Adams said. “We just needed to get it going. Once we did, we did find the open people. There were a lot of really good assists.”
Kenzie Kuhn’s 17 points, six rebounds and six assists led the way for the Demons, who improved to 13-3 overall and to 4-1 in the 4A Western Slope League.
Adams chipped in with 10 points and Lexie Warkentin finished with eight points and four blocks.
Brianna Roth paced Eagle Valley (4-10 overall, 1-4 in the 3A WSL) with seven points and six rebounds. Kayla Gagnon scored six points and grabbed 14 boards and Madeline Lounsberry finished with six points.
“We battled hard tonight,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “The score was not really a reflection of the way we played. … We cut down on our turnovers and I think we controlled the glass as much as we could. We had 27 offensive rebounds for the game.”
But Bartlett’s squad struggled mightily in the shooting department. Often settling for long jumpers, Eagle Valley hit at just a 12-for-78 clip (15.3 percent) from the floor.
“We just couldn’t make a basket,” the team’s first-year head coach said.
Thursday marked the second time the teams have met this season. Glenwood won the first meeting, 63-26, at the Demon Invitational back on Dec. 11.
Next up for Glenwood is a trip to Battle Mountain tonight. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. Eagle Valley hosts Battle Mountain, its neighboring rival, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
“They’re an improved team,” Bartlett said of the Huskies. “We’re looking forward to that game. It’s always pretty festive. The gym will be full and it will be loud.”
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