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Demon ‘D’ dominates Sailors

by Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Staff

Turnovers can be a basketball team’s best friend or worst enemy.

The Glenwood Springs girls basketball team forced Steamboat Springs into 35 miscues, which the Demons converted into easy baskets for a 56-34 Class 4A Western Slope League win Saturday at Chavez-Spencer Gym.

Glenwood coach Deb Henderson said it was all a matter of taking control.



“We actually came out and played hard,” the coach said. “And played the defense that I know they can come out and play. That was the difference from when we played them before (a 59-37 loss at Brenda Patch Tournament in Carbondale).”

“We didn’t show up for that tournament at all, and that wasn’t our team.”



The numbers prove Henderson is right.

In the first quarter Glenwood held Steamboat to four points, forced 11 Sailor turnovers and took a 12-4 lead.

The next eight minutes were almost even. Glenwood outscored Steamboat by a point over the next eight minutes for a nine-point bulge at the half.

But, the Demon defense, which held the Sailors to 6-for-21 shooting in the first half, continued to cause Steamboat problems after intermission.

Steamboat had its best period of the game in the third ” 11 points ” but went only 4-for-13 from the floor.

Meanwhile, Glenwood’s offense came alive.

Demon forward Nikita Daniely scored 10 of her game-high 12 points in the quarter. Her first two buckets came off Steamboat turnovers.

Daniely’s back-to-back steals widened the Demons’ lead to 26-13. And, the margin continued to grow.

Midway through the period, Glenwood had doubled their lead to 35-17 and were up by as many as 18 until Steamboat’s Jessica Peters’ three-pointer with 1:15 left.

Amber Sutherland, the Demons’ other main weapon also had an excellent performance. The senior forward tossed in 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Freshman center Sam Ciani added 10.

Melissa White paced Steamboat with 10 points. Peters chipped in 7 and Kayla Koster finished with six points.

Friday

Moffat County 55, Glenwood 43

CRAIG ” Brandie Teller scored 19 points and Jessica Ueker added 16 to lead the host Moffat County Bulldogs to a 55-43 Western Slope League win over Glenwood Friday night.

Ueker, a sophomore, hit a key three-pointer with four minutes left in the game to give Moffat County the lead for good.

Recovering from a poor-shooting first half, Glenwood took a six-point lead in the third quarter when they opened the period with an 8-2 scoring run after trailing by two at the half.

After Moffat tied the game at 36-all in the fourth quarter, Nikita Daniely, who scored 13 points, gave the Demons’ their last lead.

Following a timeout after Daniely’s basket, Moffat County scored six straight points, capped by Ueker’s trey.

Glenwood faces Western Slope League Rival Rifle Thursday at Chavez-Spencer Gym.


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