Demons earn split in Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” In the huddle before the fourth quarter, the Glenwood Springs girls told coach Deb Henderson they were going to win Saturday’s game.
It mattered little that the Demons trailed by eight points or that the Sailors, with the help of several missed lay-ups, had held the visiting team scoreless in the third.
Glenwood’s players, all seven of them that suit varsity, were convinced they had enough left to give.
“I made my girls press half court or full court even though they were tired,” Henderson said. “I told them to suck it up.”
And the Demons got in the faces of the Sailors during the game’s final eight minutes, much the same way Henderson got in her players’ faces to motivate them before the fourth, as Glenwood rallied to win 41-37 on Saturday.
Steamboat sophomore Missy Chotvacs drew a foul with 9.4 seconds left and her team trailing by two, but she missed the front end of her one-and-one and Glenwood rebounded the ball.
Saturday’s win ensured the Demons (6-4 Western Slope League, 9-8 overall) of a third-place finish in the WSL behind Rifle and Moffat County..
Steamboat outscored Glenwood, 11-0, in the third quarter of Saturday, erasing a three-point halftime deficit, turning it into an eight-point lead.
But the Demons blew the Sailors out in the fourth, scoring 18 points, nearly half of the entire 41 points it scored in the game. Steamboat, meanwhile, only scored six.
Henderson said the scoreless quarter was a first for Glenwood this season, but she was impressed with the way the Demons responded to their offensive futility.
“They said they were going to win,” she said. “They have so much heart. I don’t sub a lot, but we’re in good shape. Poor Nikita (Daniely) and Keegan (Nadon). I had them running everywhere.”
They didn’t show any signs of fatigue. The two seniors went a combined 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the game’s final 42 seconds to ice the win and third place in the league.
Offensively, freshman Sam Ciani had 14 points for the Demons. Twelve came in the first half. Daniely added 11 and Nadon had nine.
Junior Kayla Kostur’s 14 points, including 10 from the free throw line, led Steamboat.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” Forget the Western Slope League. Glenwood Springs junior Sean Flohr might be the best shooter in Colorado. But even his 32 points weren’t enough Saturday, as Steamboat Springs (9-2 WSL, 14-4 overall) won 49-45 to clinch at least a share of the league championship.
Flohr scored all 13 of the Demons’ fourth-quarter points in their come-from-behind effort Saturday.
But unlike Friday’s loss to Rifle, Steamboat didn’t fold down the stretch, making their free throws and preventing Glenwood (4-6, 7-10) from hitting any clutch shots in the game’s final two minutes.
Flohr’s 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining in the fourth pulled the Demons to within three, but the teams traded turnovers and timeouts before Steamboat senior Devin Borvansky took over on both ends of the court, grabbing rebounds and hitting four free throws in the game’s final 39 seconds to give his team the four-point win.
“I thought the kids fought hard,” Sailors coach Kelly Meek said. “They played through their mistakes and handled the two runs Glenwood made well.”
The Sailors opened the fourth quarter with a turnover, and the Flohr answered with a quick basket to pull the Demons to within seven, but Steamboat sophomore Scott Peterson stepped up and nailed a three and drew the foul, converting the four-point play.
Peterson was 5-of-8 from behind the arc Saturday and scored a team-high 17 points for the Sailors.
While Steamboat’s veteran leadership helped them late in Saturday’s game, the youthfulness of the Demons hurt them once again.
Glenwood coach Kevin Flohr pointed out that, in the Demons’ six league loses this season, they have held the advantage only to give it away in the second half. But the first-year coach is more concerned with what he sees on the floor than what the final is, especially with nearly every member of his team back next season.
“It doesn’t matter where we end up, as long as we grow,” he said.
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