Demon squads sweep Delta at home
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Defense wins games. That’s just how the Demons swept the Delta Panthers last night at home. The girls came away with a 64-48 win and the boys won by 30 points, 72-42.
In the early game, the Demon girls started with a 3-pointer from Katrina Selsor, but Hannah Roberson answered back with one of her own. That’s about as close as the game was from there on out.
Glenwood (6-2 overall, 1-0 4A Western Slope League) built a 19-11 lead after the first quarter. They ran off a string of 12 points and held the Panthers (1-3, 0-1) scoreless for more than four minutes in the middle of the second, and had a 38-18 lead going into the half.
Neither coach thought the long Christmas break would hurt their team much, but the Demons were hitting open shots while the Panthers couldn’t seem to buy a basket.
“I know this group of girls well enough,” Demons coach Bryan Derby said about his team’s layoff. “They all worked over the holiday, and it really showed tonight.”
When it gets right down to it, baskets need to be made to win games. Glenwood shot 47 percent from the floor while Delta shot just 30 percent.
“It took us a little bit to get going, but we got off to a fast enough start,” Derby said. “Our defense was good, but I think we need to work on our rebounding.”
Delta found themselves down 51-27 heading into the fourth quarter, their largest deficit of the game. The Panthers could’ve thrown in the towel, but they kept playing hard until the final buzzer.
“Their shooting did us in,” Panthers coach Matt Hamm said. “They were lights out and did a good job of penetrating. Defensively we set out to slow down Selsor and some of the other girls and I thought we did a pretty good job, but there’s always room to do better.”
Derby liked how his team ran the floor, but their vision on the court could be improved.
“We need to find the open person, just looking around more,” Derby said.
Selsor led the Demons with 19 points on seven of nine shooting from the floor with two 3-pointers. Roberson paced the Panthers with 23 points, 15 of those coming on threes.
The Demons are in Palisade today, facing a team without a win.
“We’re going to look at them as being undefeated,” Derby said. “Defense wins us games and that’s the gameplan we’re going to come out with.”
The boys rode the momentum that the girls generated and evened their season record at 5-5 and started out WSL play 1-0 with a 72-42 win. The loss put Delta at 2-2 and 0-1 in league play.
Just like the girls game, the teams traded buckets at the beginning and then Glenwood pulled away. The Demons had a 18-6 lead after the first quarter, thanks to 10 points from Dakota Stonehouse. He finished the game with 26 points, going perfect from the floor and the line.
“Our defensive pressure got us the win,” Demons coach Greg Hire said. “We applied a lot of pressure and that created easy buckets.”
Through much of the game, Glenwood used a full-court press and that, in part, forced 30 Panther turnovers.
“We were harassing them pretty good,” Demon senior Bennett Nicola said after the game. “We need to take this confidence into our next game and keep playing D (defense) like we did. The games before this we weren’t playing so hot.”
Their defense was a clamp. Glenwood limited Delta to six points in the first and third quarters. After three quarters, the game was out of reach. The Demons built a 57-26 lead with one quarter left and rode that out for the eventual win.
“They played tough,” Tim Ashurst said about Glenwood. “They’ve played a lot of ball. We can tell that.”
The Panthers had a huge lead to try and trim away and didn’t let the margin deter them from pushing hard the whole game.
“I’d say I didn’t see any quit in my guys,” Panthers coach Von Mitchell said.
“Glenwood has a lot of good players, a lot of quick ones.”
Mitchell thought the game came down to the Demons’ quickness and overall skill.
The Demons take on Palisade after the girls’ game tomorrow, and they too are up against a winless squad. If anything, Glenwood wants to take the Delta score to Palisade and get another big win, Hire said.
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