Demons drop both games to Moose
Looking to pick up a third win on the final day of the Demon Invitational Saturday inside Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium, the Glenwood Springs Demons girls basketball team got off to a very slow start against the Alamosa Moose before rallying in the second half, falling just short in a 52-45 loss to push them to 2-4 on the season.
To start the game, Glenwood looked tired and out of sorts as the Moose stormed out to a 21-5 lead after eight minutes of play. The Demons simply couldn’t get shots to fall, starting out 1-for-11, while also coupling their poor shooting start with turnover issues.
Trailing by 16 points early in the game, the Demons would look to get into the game as junior guard Maddie Bolitho and junior forward Dani DeCrow would connect on three-pointers to get the Demons going, but Glenwood simply couldn’t stop Alamosa senior forward Shannon Cody and senior guard Jessica Archuleta-Trujillo, allowing the Moose to take a 31-12 lead midway through the quarter.
Glenwood would get going late in the half though as a floater from Bolitho and a putback from junior forward Saylor Warren would pull the Demons to within 36-16 at the half.
In the second half the Demons really turned up the defensive pressure, led by sophomore guard Ximena Gutierrez, who stole the ball five times in the third quarter alone to jump-start Glenwood’s comeback attempt.
Bolitho would hit another three-pointer to make it 36-22, before junior forward Tatum Peterson got a layup to fall.
Behind some intense defensive pressure and some timely buckets, Glenwood was able to get back into the game in the second half, but the deficit was just too much to overcome as the Demons fell just short by seven points after trailing by as many as 20 points in the game.
“You simply can’t win games when you shoot 23 percent overall from the floor,” Glenwood Head Coach Rhonda Moser said. “We just need to get back to focusing on our fundamentals at both ends of the floor and get back to playing the caliber of basketball that we know we can play. But we never stopped playing with heart and will today, so I’m really pleased with the girls in that regard. We talk about that a lot and they never gave up today.”
In the loss, Peterson finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Bolitho finished with nine points, three steals and two assists. Freshman guard Natalya Taylor added seven points and three rebounds, while DeCrow added five points and one rebound.
ALAMOSA 57, GLENWOOD 50
Taking on the Alamosa Moose on the final day of the Demon Invitational, the Glenwood boys basketball team overcame a slow start in the first half before responding in a big way in the second half to cut the Alamosa lead to two in an eventual 57-50 loss.
Following a win over Canon City on Friday, the Demons were hoping to finish the Demon Invitational strong with a win over the Moose, but turnovers down the stretch and some mishaps on defense late in the game allowed the Moose to cap off the seven-point win.
“We just didn’t come out with our normal energy today from the players on the floor, and from the guys on the bench, so that really hurt us,” Glenwood Head Coach Cory Hitchcock said. “I think a lot of that had to do with the slow start in regards to their defense. But we did a great job in the second half of fighting back and cutting their lead to two points late in the game.”
Coming out of the gates, Glenwood trailed the Moose 20-9 following one quarter of play before responding in the second half to score 14 points, sending the two teams into the half with the Demons down 34-23.
In the second half the Demons would get going as junior guard Aaron Smith would hit two third-quarter three-pointers, while sophomore forward Luke Gair added two buckets to bring Glenwood to within 42-38 following three quarters of play.
But in the fourth quarter the Demons would turn the ball over a couple of times and had some mental lapses on defense, allowing Alamosa to hang on for the 57-50 win.
In the loss, junior guard AJ Crowley led the way with 13 points, while Smith added 11 points.