Demons held at bay in Rifle |

Demons held at bay in Rifle

RIFLE – Prior to Tuesday’s rematch between the Rifle and Glenwood Springs girls basketball teams, both squads claimed this game would be different.

Instead, it turned out to be a carbon copy of their first encounter three weeks ago.

Rifle forced Glenwood into 36 turnovers and, like before, converted them into easy baskets at the opposite end for a 47-31 victory.

The win is Rifle’s first two-game sweep over the Demons in recent history. More importantly, it keeps the 7-3 (10-5 overall) Bears within reach of both Western Slope League leader Moffat County and second place Steamboat Springs with three games remaining in the regular season.

Glenwood falls to 3-6 in the WSL and 7-9 overall on the defeat.

The turnovers Rifle created were complemented by its defense. As a team, the Bears held the Demons to single digits in three of four quarters.

The only lapse came in the second quarter when Rifle allowed the Demons to score a 10 points.

Jeri Polowchena hit the last basket of the half to reach that mark. It cut Rifle’s lead to seven points at intermission.

Krista Wagstrom and Ashley Gavito scored 13 points and Nicole Erpestad added 12 to lead the Bears.

Gavito accomplished those numbers with a heavily taped ankle due to an injury she suffered in last week’s win at Palisade.

Originally, Rifle coach Rick Schmitz said Gavito’s injury was going to keep her from playing, but, after working with the team’s trainer, the coach changed his mind.

“After doing some agility stuff, I thought Ashley could play a little bit,” said Schmitz.

And the senior played well enough in the first half to give the Bears a comfortable lead.

Gavito tossed in eight points in the first half, Wagstrom added nine and the Bears’ lead was never seriously challenged after a Gavito field goal midway in the second period opened an 11-point gap.

The Bears also got help from the free throw line, as they hit on 21-of-31 attempts from the line. Glenwood had six attempts and made three.

Nikita Daniely was the lone consistent offensive threat for Glenwood. The junior forward finished with a game-high 14 points and eight rebounds.

Rifle 47, Glenwood Springs 31

Glenwood Springs 7 10 6 8 -31

Rifle 12 12 13 10 -47

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Cassie Carlson 0 2-2 2, Megan McKinnie 3 0-0 6, Amanda Whiting 0 0-0 0, Keegan Nadon 0 0-0 0, Amber Sutherland 0 1-4 1, Nakita Daniely 7 0-0 14, Leanna Lawson 0 0-0 0, Jeri Polowchena 4 0-0 8. Totals – 14 3-6 31.

RIFLE – Kristen Neffendorf 2 3-4 7, Haley Hubbell 0 0-0 0, Nicole Erpestad 2 8-11 12, Julie McWilliams 1 0-0 2, Jessica Stilson 0 0-0 0, Montanah Matthies 0 0-0 0, Renee Laudick 0 0-0 0, Ashley Gavito 4 5-10 13, Krista Wagstrom 4 5-6 13, Megan Burner 0 0-0 0. Totals – 13 21-31 47.

3-Pointers – None. Fouled Out – Nadon; McWilliams. Total Fouls – GS – 13, R – 12. Technicals – None.

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