Demons enjoy 60-48 victory over Devils
When the ball is tossed into the air and the whistle blows, signaling the start of a high school basketball game on a January Saturday afternoon, it’s an exciting time for all involved.
From the get-go, the Glenwood Springs Demons acted happy to have the sneakers laced up tight and be a part of all the action as they sported a fast pace and a hot shooting hand in jumping on the visiting Devils from Eagle Valley early en route to a 60-48 victory at the Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
The Western Slope League win was a nice follow up to Friday’s 64-54 road conquest of Battle Mountain. The weekend sweep helped the Demons stay in touch with the conference front runners.
Glenwood starting guard Cameron Horning got Glenwood on the board first with a driving layup from the center jump circle. Sophomore Aaron Smith hit a 3-pointer, Horning scored again on a fading jumper, junior Jake Townsley flipped in a short right-handed hook shot that found the net, and Glenwood had the Devils on their heels at 9-0.
Smith hit another 3-pointer that was soon copied by senior Mason Yellico, and the Demons held a commanding 23-3 lead after one blistering quarter of play.
Eagle Valley big man Dawson Keller maneuvered inside for a bucket to give his team some hope and pull the Devils within 27-11 at the 1:23 mark of the second quarter, but that was the last of the first half scoring for Eagle Valley as the halftime buzzer sounded.
The second half of play was quite a contrast to the first 16 minutes of the game as the pace and flow of the action slowed considerably, and fouls became the order of the day.
Horning and Townsley did get buckets for the Demons early in the third, and freshman Angel Garcia hit a trey to force an Eagle Valley timeout with Glenwood well ahead at 36-18.
The Devils did manage to get the Demons attention as the margin was reduced to 54-42 with a 1:24 left in the game, but Eagle Valley was forced to foul and several Glenwood players marched to the line with consistent success.
Horning led the way for Glenwood with 24 points. Smith had a nice game as he contributed nine points to the cause. Yellico, Townsley, and sophomore Zach Johnson all chipped in with 6 points on the night.
With the victory, Glenwood (5-4, 3-0 WSL) kept pace at the top of the conference with the unbeaten Rifle Bears.
Girls: Eagle Valley 48, Glenwood 34
In the girls’ game, Eagle Valley outscored Glenwood 13-6 in a decisive third quarter that allowed the visitors to pull away for a 48-34 win in the Western Slope League contest.
Both teams started off as cold as the frigid air outside. It was junior post player Kylie Martin that got the scoring started at just under six minutes showing on the clock when she hit a shot inside. Glenwood guard Megan Uren answered the initial score with an outside basket, and post Madi Hert scored on a bank shot to put the Demons up 4-2 early on. When Makena Warren hit a two, and sophomore point guard Maddie Bolitho notched a 3-pointer from the left side of the lane, Glenwood took the lead 11-10 as the first quarter expired.
The Devils’ Martin, a thorn in Glenwood’s side all afternoon, heated up in the second quarter as she totaled 11 first half points to give Eagle Valley a 23-18 lead heading to intermission.
It was more Martin in the third quarter for Eagle Valley, coupled with several Demon turnovers against the Devil press that put Glenwood in a hole as they faced a deficit of 36-24 entering the final period.
Baskets by Bolitho from the corner, and a 3-pointer from Warren pulled Glenwood within 38-30, but the Demons were forced to foul and the Devils converted regularly from the free throw line to seal the win.
Glenwood’s back to back conference losses over the weekend are a cause for concern, but the Demons are far from ready to throw in the towel.
“I know we can come back strong. The team has been working very hard. We just have to put it all together,” said senior guard Megan Uren.
The Demons were led in scoring by sophomore post Tatum Peterson who had 10 points. Hert and Warren each contributed 7 points, with Bolitho hitting 5 points. Hert had 8 rebounds to lead Glenwood (2-7, 1-2 WSL). The Devils (7-3, 4-0 WSL) relied heavily on Martin’s 22 point output. Sophomore Regan Bossow chipped in with 9 points and Ashley Floyd had 8 points.
The Glenwood girls and boys will resume league play next Saturday, January 16, when they play host to the Steamboat Sailors. Both games are slated for afternoon tipoff times.
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