Consistency leads Demons to tourney win over the Eagles
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — One play was working really, really well for the Glenwood Springs High School girls basketball team Friday night, and it came at the expense of the Faith Christian Eagles.
Madi Spence finished with a game-high 24 points for Glenwood, which used a big third-quarter run to hold off a Faith Christian comeback en route to a 61-41 victory on the second day of the Demon Invitational tournament.
“That’s the funny thing, because we tend to not run plays,” Spence said. “We want to run plays, and if it’s not there we don’t want to force it.”
But against the Eagles, a traditionally strong Class 3A program, it was there “every time,” Spence said.
It’s that play — a drive off the right wing from a Glenwood guard who would feed Spence inside near the paint — where the 6-foot junior did most of her scoring. She scored 18 of her points in the first half, with 10 coming in a second quarter where she finished 4-for-5 shooting from the field.
“We may not be able to do it perfectly, but we’re still seeing opportunities that we’re making for ourselves,” Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis said.
Delaney Gaddis finished with 15 points and Jordan DeCrow added eight for the Demons (3-0), who led by as many as 13 points at the end of the second quarter before the Eagles mounted a comeback. That came thanks to Cassaundra Rindels, who scored five of her team-high 19 points in the beginning of the third quarter to help Faith Christian pull within 34-32.
Spence was on the bench for a brief spell during that run. When she came back in, she immediately hit a jumper with 2 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the quarter. DeCrow followed with a 3-pointer from the right wing, sparking a 12-2 run that pushed Glenwood’s lead to 46-34.
The quarter turned out to be a huge turnaround for the Demons, who reeled off the run in a span of 2:03 after going scoreless for the first 5:15 of the second half.
“It sure wasn’t for a lack of trying,” coach Gaddis said. “I did like the way that we moved the ball around tonight, and we got some good looks at the basket. Sometimes they fall and sometimes they don’t. But this showed that we’re really learning to play together now.”
Glenwood opened the game with a 14-4 lead, but the Eagles used an 8-2 run to pull within 16-12 at the beginning of the second quarter.
The Demons responded with a big run paced by Spence’s second-quarter scoring spree, and DeCrow capped the half with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Demons a 34-21 halftime cushion.
Carsen Cambier finished with eight points and Lacey Henry chipped in seven for the Eagles, who continue tournament play against Eagle Valley at noon today. Glenwood plays a game against Eagle Valley at 3 p.m. today.
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