Demons hold on to beat Rifle girls down stretch
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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