Demons have rough time against ‘Dogs |

Demons have rough time against ‘Dogs

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's Sam Ciani, left, gets tangled up with three Moffat County players while trying to gain control of a rebound during Friday night's game. The Demons lost 72-51.

For one quarter the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team played like a team tied for the league lead. By then, however, Moffat County already put Friday’s game on ice.Connecting on 18-of-27 field-goal attempts in the first half gave the unbeaten Bulldogs – now alone atop the 4A Western Slope League – an insurmountable lead at intermission, which led to a 72-51 rout. The final score could have been worse if Glenwood hadn’t scored 27 points in the fourth quarter.”We chose to play scared and intimidated,” said Demons head coach Deb Henderson, talking about the first half in which Moffat County outscored Glenwood 40-12.A somewhat surprising turn of events, considering the Demons only trailed by three halfway through the first quarter.

After Sam Ciani reduced Moffat’s early lead down to 6-3, it appeared Glenwood had righted themselves. It didn’t happen until much later.Instead, it was the Bulldogs (6-0 league, 14-0 overall) who took command, scoring nine of the quarter’s last 11 points for a 20-5 lead.”We were a little tight at the beginning, then we got moving around and we started hitting our shots,” said Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen. “What’s more important was we held Glenwood to only 12 points in the first half. That was a great defensive effort.”No kidding, coach.

Glenwood (5-1, 7-6) hit 4-of-30 shots in the first half. The Demons sparked into action in the second half.”After halftime, it was like night and day for us,” Henderson said. “We adjusted, stepped up and picked up our game.”The Demons’ inspired effort produced better results. Moffat County, however, was still knocking down points at a better rate – at least in the third quarter.

The foursome of Cayla Maneotis (20 points), Markie Workman (17 points), Angie Charchalis (12) and Mari Katherine Raftopoulos (10), scored 21 in the third to increase their lead to 61-24.Glenwood caught fire with four minutes left in the game, rattling off a 10-0 scoring run. It was enough to make the rest of the contest competitive.Emily Hauptli had four of her 11 points in that stretch before fouling out with 2:46 remaining. Ciani, who experienced some early foul problems and sat out much of the first half, led the Demons with 13 points and 10 rebounds.While the defeat knocks Glenwood down a peg in the league standings, Henderson looks at the loss as a bump in the road.”We’re not done with our mission due to this loss,” she said heading into tonight’s game at Steamboat Springs. “We’re still going to come out and play hard.”

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