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Demons hold off pesky Dogs

Jon Mitchell
jmitchell@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs High School's Madi Spence takes a shot against Palisade during Friday night's game in Glenwood Springs. The fourth-ranked Demons won, 45-37, to improve to 11-0 this season.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Jacky Gaddis was thankful in more ways than one Friday night.

Sure, the second-year coach of the Glenwood Springs High School girls basketball team was thankful for the Demons’ 45-37 Class 4A Western Slope League victory over Palisade, and she was thankful that her team is still unbeaten this season because of it. More than anything, though, she was thankful that her team beat what it considered its toughest opponent of the season.

“That is a great team over there,” Gaddis said. “That is the most difficult team we’ve played all season long.”

Delaney Gaddis finished with a game-high 15 points and Madi Spence added 12 for fourth-ranked Glenwood (11-0 overall, 6-0 WSL), who watched the Bulldogs rally from an early eight-point deficit to take a two-point lead late in the second quarter. That didn’t discourage the Demons, who used a 10-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter to take control of the game for good.

“We finished up our first half with our heads down,” Gaddis, the Demons’ senior point guard, said. “But that’s what’s great about this team, because we’ve all learned to pick each other up when we’re down and play like a team.

“The third quarter is usually our weakest quarter,” she added. “Tonight, it was just the opposite.”

Jenna Brown scored 12 points and Cruz Maestas added 11 to pace the Bulldogs (7-4, 4-2), who have lost four of their last five after beginning the season with a 6-0 record. It didn’t look like the Bulldogs would go there again early on, though, as a three-point play from Brown with 6 minutes, 11 seconds left in the second quarter capped a 14-2 run and gave Palisade a 16-12 lead.

Glenwood responded, though, as Gaddis hit her third 3-pointer of the first half to snap the Bulldogs’ run, with Jordan DeCrow following with a layup on the other end to give the lead back to the Demons at 17-16. Brown answered on the other end for Palisade, but the Demons still went into the break with a 25-22 cushion.

They made sure to build on it at the start of the third, as a layup from Spence capped Glenwood’s run of 10 unanswered points for a 35-22 lead with 4:22 on the clock.

Palisade didn’t quit, though, getting a layup from Maestas and a jumper from Christa Brown to pull Palisade within 40-36 with 3:57 remaining. Spence, however, made buckets on Glenwood’s next two possessions, and the Bulldogs weren’t able to hit a field goal the rest of the way.

“I love it how we’re showing the ability to regroup after the first half,” Jacky Gaddis said.

BOYS

Palisade 55, Glenwood Springs 39

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Tass Crown finished with a game-high 17 points and five 3-pointers to go with a 16-point performance from Zach Marengo, leading Palisade (7-4 overall, 4-2 WSL) to a league victory over the seventh-ranked Demons (9-3, 4-2).

Levi Hoaglund chipped in nine points for Palisade, who roared out of the gates with an 18-3 lead, and the Demons, who have lost three of their last four games, weren’t able to recover.

Brian Burbidge finished with 11 points to pace the Demons, who despite being down 49-21 at the start of the fourth quarter, managed to pull within 53-39 on a layup from Cameron Horning with 2:24 left to play. Glenwood, however, wasn’t able to make up any more ground.

The Demons trailed 31-17 at halftime.

Glenwood continues league play next Thursday at Summit.


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