Basketball teams scramble for tourney spots |

Basketball teams scramble for tourney spots

Here’s the deal:

For the Glenwood Springs boys, it’s rematch time – in Tuesday’s pigtail game. The Demons won for only the second time on Saturday night, edging Palisade 54-51 in the final regular-season game.

The Glenwood boys will head to Palisade on Tuesday night for the pigtail round of the 4A District Tournament. The winner will move into the field of eight for the District Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

A key 3-pointer by Ben Leonard, a putback by Jeremy Wilson and foul shots by Marco Salmen and Brian Pyland helped the Demons to their first conference win of the season.

They ended the year 1-11 in the Western Slope League, 2-17 overall.

Palisade dropped to 2-10 in league and also 2-17 overall – and the Bulldogs will host the Demons Tuesday night.

Wilson had eight points in the decisive fourth quarter, when the Demon outscored Palisade 17-9. Pyland led the Demons with 17 points.

A night earlier, Delta stopped the Glenwood boys 62-47.

An early 14-0 run spelled doom for the Demons. Pyland led Glenwood with 11 points. Reilly Anderson added seven and Marco Salmen five for the Demons.

Daniel Sanchez scored 16 to lead Delta. Richard Englehart added 12 and Justin Evans 11.

Glenwood girls

For the Glenwood girls, it’s off to Grand Junction and a new foe in the first round of the 4A District Tournament.

The Glenwood Springs girls secured the No. 4 seed for the upcoming District Tournament with a pair of big wins on Friday and Saturday.

After handling Delta 49-33 on Friday night, the Demons beat Palisade 41-33 on Saturday night in the final game of the regular season.

A big fourth-quarter comeback, built on defense, helped the Demons outscore Palisade 18-7 in the final period on Saturday. The win improved the Glenwood girls to 8-4 in the 4A Western Slope League.

The Demons will take on Montezuma-Cortez, a 4A team from the Southwestern League that will play in the Western Slope District Tournament. Cortez will enter automatically as the No. 5 seed, positioned opposite Glenwood.

Montrose of the SWL will enter this District Tournament as the No. 2 seed. Montrose will take on No. 7 overall seed Steamboat in Thursday’s first round.

No. 3 seed Rifle will take on No. 6 Palisade. And No. 1 Moffat County will take on the winner of Tuesday’s pigtail between Delta (8) and Battle Mountain (9).

Kessie Schwanebeck led the Demon scorers with nine points in the rough win over Palisade. She also hit 5-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Megan McKinnie and Heather Hert added eight each. Jeri Polowchena scored seven and Natalie Lancaster six for the balanced Demons.

Palisade was led by 12 points from Kelsey Harrington.

Solid team play and balanced scoring also marked the Demons’ win over Delta Friday night.

Hert scored 12 while Lancaster and McKinnie scored eight each.

Cassie Carlson and Jeri Cable added six points each. Lacey Darien hit a 3-pointer for the Demons and Summer Moore added a basket in the win.

Erin Smith led Delta with seven points.

GS boys

The Glenwood boys, after playing Palisade Saturday night, will take on the Bulldogs again Tuesday in the pigtail round of the 4A District Tournament.

Saturday night,

Rifle girls

The Rifle girls swept Delta and Palisade over the weekend.

The Bears beat Palisade 50-41 on Friday night.

On Saturday, the Bears played Delta in a late game.

Against Palisade, Ashley Gavito scored 18 and Krista Wagstrom 13 for the Bears. Autumn Hedberg added nine.

Rifle boys

The Rifle boys clinched first place in the 4A Western Slope League with a 65-35 win over Palisade on Friday night.

On Saturday, the Bears played Delta in a late game.

Against Palisade, Brackett Pollard scored 18 for Rifle while Ryan Shideler added 13. Pollard hit four 3-pointers.

Dillon Caster led Palisade with 12.

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