Demon girls cap weekend with double-OT thriller
Post Independent Staff
PALISADE ” Most of the time, pride is just talk. But, when you have a grasp of its meaning, like the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team has, pride lifts those who possess it to do great things.
Even when the odds are against you.
Each member of the Demon girls basketball team said pride was the key element that boosted Glenwood to its 75-73 double-overtime win over Palisade Saturday.
The Demons needed a few breaks, and some clutch shots from Amber Sutherland, Amanda Whiting and Yuri Salvidrez to get the job done.
But the players and Coach Deb Henderson didn’t care who stepped up in crunch time. The Demons had confidence they would win Saturday’s game, it just took longer than the team expected.
“We made it through two overtimes and pulled out the win. We never gave up.” Henderson said. “It was pride tonight and they kept after it.”
The Demons kept on going, despite going through three forgettable quarters of play in regulation.
Glenwood was ahead only once during regulation, back in the first quarter.
The Demons trailed by as many as eight going into the fourth quarter before starting an improbable comeback.
Pride was the engine that fueled it.
Down 42-36 after Sutherland made two free throws with 7 minutes, 5 seconds left, the Demons chipped at Palisade’s margin.
Sutherland, who scored 31 points before fouling out, tied the game at 51-all and again at 57-57 to force the first extra period.
The Demon senior, whose basketball career ends some time in the next three weeks, came through again after Palisade had taken a four-point lead with a free throw. After a Bulldog personal foul, and a three-pointer she calmly ripped through the cords at the buzzer for a 63-all tie to force the second overtime period.
“There was no pressure,” Sutherland said. “I’ve been working on the (three-point shot) and it came through when I needed it.”
Amanda Whiting became the next Demon to step up in the clutch.
Fouled after the opening tip, Whiting hit both free throws in the double bonus for Glenwood’s first lead since the first period.
On the next possession, Glenwood’s press forced a turnover. Whiting got the ball and banked a fall-away 15-footer for a 67-63 lead.
Sub Abby Walters tossed in her only field goal of the night, then Whiting stopped a potential Palisade rally by popping in her third basket of the period after the Bulldogs’ Krysten Hayes reduced Glenwood’s lead to 69-66.
“(Coach Henderson) told me to step up,” Whiting said. “And we all had to pull it through. And we all did. Everybody on the team that was out there was playing their hardest and dying because we were in for two straight overtimes, and we pulled it off.”
Despite the Demon comeback, Palisade refused to fold. The ‘Dogs pulled within one when Abigail Diers scored with 27 seconds left.
Then it was Salvidrez’s turn to pull her teammates through.
The guard had the second-fewest points of Glenwood’s five starters with five points in the contest.
But the three free throws the junior sank in the remaining 22 seconds gave Glenwood the win.
Salvidrez’s first two free throws gave the Demons a 74-71 lead. Her last free throw, with 1.7 seconds left after Palisade’s Susie Edwards offensive putback, secured the victory.
“The people in the stands felt the same emotion that we did,” said Salvidrez. “They were excited. They were cheering for us. They had faith in us. They gave us the extra edge. It was amazing.”
Glenwood Springs 49, Delta 38
On Senior night for Glenwood Springs High School, one senior came up particularly big.
Amber Sutherland posted a game-high 19 points to lead Glenwood to a 49-38 victory over Delta Friday night at Chavez Spencer Gym.
The victory clinched the fourth seed in next weekend’s district tournament.
The Demons bolted out to a 34-19 halftime advantage as Sutherland tallied 14 of her points in the first half.
All four of the Demons’ seniors scored in the contest. Nikita Daniely notched eight points, Amanda Whiting finished with four and Keegan Nadon tallied two.
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