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Bears-Demons ready for rematch

One thing the girls basketball coaches for Rifle and Glenwood Springs agree on is tonight’s rematch will be different the second time around.

“The first game doesn’t matter,” Rifle coach Rick Schmitz said. “Glenwood will come out harder and it will be a different game.”

Glenwood coach Deb Henderson agrees.



“The girls will be up for the game and they are looking to do a better job this time,” said the first-year Demon coach.

In their first encounter on Jan. 23, Rifle routed the Demons, 52-33, at Glenwood’s Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.



The 19-point difference could be the result of poor ball handling by the Demons or strong defensive pressure from the Bears.

No matter how it was viewed, Glenwood committed 36 turnovers in the January contest, which led to easy baskets for Rifle.

“Basically it was us who created a lot of those turnovers,” Henderson said. “We had no confidence in that first game and it hurt us.”

Since then, the Demons have started to jell as a team, and have gained self-respect.

Glenwood, 3-5 in the Western Slope League and 7-8 overall, arguably had its best game of the season last Saturday against Delta.

The Demons posted a 63-43 victory over the Panthers to break a four-game losing streak prior to Saturday’s game.

Senior Megan McKinnie led the team with 14 points and junior Amber Sutherland had her best individual game to date.

Sutherland blocked eight shots and pulled down 15 rebounds in 42-29 loss at Palisade.

The junior post ended the Delta game with a season-high 13 points along with 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Henderson said, success will come on Glenwood’s ability to convert close-in shots.

“We’re definately capable of pulling those shots down,” she said. “We’e starting to come together and if we do the things we do in practice, good things will come.”

Rifle, running 6-2 in the WSL, 10-5 overall, won both its games last weekend, brushing aside Delta easily, 53-27, and recording a 68-63 overtime victory over Palisade on Saturday.

“We had the best fourth quarter of our season,” said Schmitz of his team in the Palisade game. The Bears started the fourth with a seven-point deficit and pulled to a 56-all tie by outscoring the Bulldogs 18-9 to force the extra period.

Rifle earned the win by outscoring Palisade 12-7 in overtime.

Krista Wagstrom led the Bears with 29 points and 16 rebounds. The junior forward is one of the Bears’ main offensive threats, averging 12-plus points per-game. Wagstrom is complimented by senior Ashley Gavito, who averages a shade over 13 points per-game.

The varsity game is scheduled to tipoff at 7:30 p.m. Due to an expected big crowd, fans of both teams are encouraged to come early to find seats inside the Bear Lair.


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