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Demons girls end losing streak

G. Sean Kelly

The Demons girls basketball team knows how to end a losing streak.Down by one point and in danger of seeing its six-game skid move to seven, Glenwood Springs’ Hannah Gentry pulled down an offensive board and dished to Emily Hauptli.Hauptli, seemingly unaware that the final horn was set to blow in a matter of seconds, drove inside and calmly banked home the shot as the buzzer bleated for a 53-52 victory over Battle Mountain Saturday night at Chavez-Spencer Gym.”Hannah got the rebound and I knew I had to take it up and I did,” a relieved Hauptli said after the game. “I actually thought we would have to go into overtime, but I turned around and everybody on the bench was in the air, so I knew we won.”With the win the Demons improve to 4-8 in the 4A Western Slope (8-12 overall). Battle Mountain drops to 5-7 (8-11).”They needed this win so bad,” Glenwood coach Deb Henderson said. “They’ve been doing some awesome things, but been coming up short and losing.”I’m proud of them for hanging in there and not giving up.”Glenwood looked to have the game well in hand with a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Huskies went on an 11-0 run to take the lead with 2:39 left in the game.Then they had to go to the line.Neither team shot well from the charity stripe – Glenwood was 12-of-23 and Battle Mountain finished 14-of-29 – but it came back to bite the Huskies in the end.Battle Mountain was 4-of-14 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes.Hauptli led all scorers with 18 points and Sharaya Selsor added 15.Meagan Reigel paced Battle Mountain with 14 points and Alexis Guinn had 10 in the losing effort.Demon boys take down Battle MountainWith a third of the Flohr trifecta sitting this game out, the Demons did all right.Head coach Kevin Flohr was at home listening to the game on the radio after being ejected from Friday night’s game, but sons Sean and Michael Flohr made up for his absence with a 57-50 victory over Battle Mountain Saturday night.Sean tallied 31 points, while Michael added 13. Both sunk three treys in the contest.”It’s all about rhythm really,” Sean said of his big night. “Just let it happen and don’t try to force it.”And, as far as not having his dad calling the plays on the sideline?”Yeah, we missed him, but I knew he was listening the whole time,” Sean said. “He probably enjoyed it more without the stress. Actually, he was probably more stressed.”Assistant coach Paul Salmen took over Kevin Flohr’s role courtside and, unlike the first game against Battle Mountain, the Demons held on to their lead.When the teams met at Battle Mountain earlier in the season “we came back from 22 down to end the second quarter,” Battle Mountain coach Philip Tronsrue said. “This time they didn’t fold and we didn’t execute the way we did back home.”The Huskies did make it interesting, though.After trailing by 17 points in the third quarter, Battle Mountain cut the lead to four with a minute to go, but couldn’t finish the rally despite Glenwood missing twice on the front end of 1-and-1 free throws in the last 1:04.Rogelio Loya paced Battle Mountain with 15 points and Connor Drumm scored 11.Glenwood improves to 7-5 in the WSL (10-10 overall), while Battle Mountain drops to 7-5 (14-7).


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