Demons hold on to beat Rifle girls down stretch |

Demons hold on to beat Rifle girls down stretch

Jon Mitchell
Glenwood Springs High School senior Delaney Gaddis (front) hugs teammate Laura McDermott while the rest of the Demons celebrate after their 45-37 victory over the Rifle Bears on Friday night. The demons improved to 19-0 with the win.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Rifle High School’s girls basketball team played the slow-down game pretty well on Friday night. The fourth-ranked Glenwood Springs Demons showed they know how to play that game, too.

Madi Spence scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and Jordan DeCrow added 11 for Glenwood, which capped a perfect run through the Class 4A Western Slope League schedule with a 45-37 victory over rival Rifle on Friday night.

With the win, the Demons (19-0 overall, 14-0 league play), who clinched the league championship this past weekend, have a chance to make school history. The Demons can complete the first undefeated girls basketball regular season with a victory at home today against second-ranked Mesa Ridge (21-0) of Colorado Springs. Game time scheduled for 5 p.m. today.

“There were a lot of people who asked me why I scheduled that game,” Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis said. “My response was, ‘Why not?’”

Glenwood overcame a career night from Rifle senior Chante Church, who scored a game- and career-high 29 points. Sixteen of them came in the first half, which kept the Bears (8-9, 8-5 league play) knotted with the demons at halftime, 22-all.

Rifle caps the regular season today at Battle Mountain in Edwards.

The Bears slowed the game down thanks to the fast-break effort the Demons showed them in Glenwood’s 70-50 victory at Rifle on Jan. 30. This time, with Glenwood only holding a 34-30 lead headed into the fourth quarter, the Bears ate the clock on each of their possessions down the stretch.

A fast-break layup from Delaney Gaddis of Glenwood, however, followed by a charge called on Church with 2 minutes remaining, gave Glenwood a 38-32 lead. Foul shots from Spence and DeCrow added to that lead, putting the Demons up 42-34 with 1 minute, 3 seconds remaining to essentially put the game out of reach.

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