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Ciani’s might too much for Bears

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's Ashley Jensen, right, dives for the ball after knocking it out of the hands of Rifle's Megan McWilliams during Friday night's rivalry game. Glenwood won the game 61-41 to complete the season sweep over Rifle.
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Dominating the paint with size and desire, Sam Ciani pulled down 18 rebounds and scored 23 points to lead the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team past Rifle Friday night in a 61-41 Western Slope League victory.”(Ciani) was incredible – the best I have ever seen her play. She worked in there,” said Glenwood head coach Deb Henderson. “Credit to her teammates – they knew she had a mismatch and they did everything they could to get her the ball tonight.” The Demons did look for her, compiling 12 assists on the night as Ciani posted up and fought to get open. The rest of the Demons combined for 17 rebounds as Glenwood outrebounded the Bears 35-28.

“It was good work,” Ciani said. “It was a workout. All of us knew we had to crash the boards. They are a good rebounding team and we knew we all had to put effort in.”With Glenwood’s win, the Demons move to 9-1 in the WSL and 11-7 overall. Rifle fell to 7-3 in the WSL and 10-8 overall with the loss. After going 0-6 the past three seasons against Rifle, Glenwood has now won the last two matchups.”It’s sick,” Ciani said with a huge smile on her face. “I’ve played for three years and we are finally winning. It’s awesome. It feels great.”

Ashley Jensen recorded five of Glenwood’s assists and made Rifle remember to guard on the outside, hitting four 3-pointers on the night. She totaled 16 points, while Sharaya Selsor nailed two 3s of her own in an eight-point effort and Emily Hauptli scored 12.Rifle, on the other hand, couldn’t make shots all night. The Bears found holes in Glenwood’s zone defense to get open looks from the perimeter, but couldn’t get them to fall. “We had a lot of shots and a lot of shots that we are going to make normally. We couldn’t throw anything in the ocean tonight it seemed like,” said Rifle head coach Jack Smith. “We’ve struggled against the zone all year. They just came out and played better than we did – way better.” Rifle’s inability to make shots wasn’t helped by Glenwood’s aggressive defense.



“Everybody was great on defense,” Henderson said of the Demons. “I am very proud of them. They were so tenacious on defense and just wanting it – wanting it so much.”Kendall Babler lead the Bears with 14 points, including the team’s lone trey, Kristin Guettler scored nine points and Megan McWilliams totaled six to go with 10 rebounds.With four games remaining in the regular season, both teams are looking ahead, setting their sights on handing unbeaten Moffat County its first loss of the season.

“We gotta win three out of four,” Smith said. “Moffat’s good, there is no doubt about that, but you never know. If they go as cold down at our place as we did here, we could beat Moffat.”Ciani is hoping the Demons will face Moffat with some momentum.”We play Delta, then Palisade, and then Moffat and Steamboat and we are going to go into Moffat with all the wins,” Ciani said.In the more immediate future, the Demons will host Delta at 6 p.m. on Friday in their next game, while the Bears will travel to Palisade for their next game that also takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday.


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