Demons outgun Panthers to open 4A WSL play
Sophomore forward Tatum Peterson scored 23 points and senior forward Madi Hert ripped down 16 rebounds to lead the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team to a 52-44 win, Friday, over the Delta Panthers to open 4A Western Slope League action.
In the win, the Demons didn’t trail for one second, racing out to a 10-2 lead in the first quarter behind three buckets from Peterson and buckets from Hert and senior guard Makenna Warren.
Pulling ahead 17-8 late in the first quarter off of another two points from Peterson — who had 10 points in the opening quarter — the Demons offense continued to roll along by feeding the ball inside.
From there the Panthers scored two quick buckets to pull with 17-12 at the end of the quarter.
Following a jumper by senior guard Megan Uren to give the Demons a seven-point lead early in the second quarter, the Panthers answered with a 6-0 run to put pressure on the Demons.
Unfazed by the Delta run, Glenwood quickly got back to their offense that worked in the first quarter by feeding the ball into the paint, which allowed them to draw fouls and take advantage at the free throw line.
Senior forward Vanessa Davila added two late buckets down low with one coming off of an assist from sophomore guard Maddie Bolitho to give the Demons a 31-25 lead at the half.
“That was the best start of the game all year,” Demons head coach Rhonda Moser said. “To be able to put up 17 first quarter points was huge for us. The offensive rebounding was huge for us, so every new possession was a big boost for our offense.”
Although the Demons raced out a six-point halftime lead, the offense seemingly dried up in the third quarter as Glenwood struggled to hit shots. Peterson hit two layups and Hert scored after grabbing another offensive rebound, but the Demons scored just eight points as a team in the quarter.
Fortunately for Glenwood, the defense clamped down on Delta, allowing just eight offensive points.
In the fourth quarter the Demons offense erupted for 13 points to close out the game, with most of the points coming from Peterson at the free throw line.
The sophomore calmly sank three of four free throws down the stretch and got two jumpers to fall to seal the win for the Demons, who improve to 2-5 (1-0 4A WSL), snapping a four-game losing streak.
“She [Peterson] was on fire tonight,” Moser said. “She came out of the locker room with a totally different intensity than she’s had this season. We’ve known [intensity and potential] is there, and it’s starting to kind of surface right now. I think her potential is just starting to peak at this point. She’s going to do very well for us.
With Christmas break just around the corner for the Demons, it was important for them to get back on the winning track, not just opening conference play, but overall after a rough showing the previous weekend in the Demon Invitational against Pueblo West, Faith Christian and Montrose.
”Our goal was to go into Christmas break 1-0, so it was a huge Christmas bonus for us,” Moser said. “I think it gives us some momentum coming off of last weekend in which we played three state contenders, so it’s good for us to get a win and put something together. I really believe that we’re going to improve game by game.”
Glenwood won’t hit the hardwood again until Friday, Jan. 8, at Battle Mountain.
Horning, Garcia lead Demons to huge win over Panthers
Senior guard Cameron Horning nearly recorded a triple-double, Friday, in Glenwood’s 70-44 win over the Delta Panthers to open 4A Western Slope League play, while freshman guard Angel Garcia added 10 points in his first varsity start of the season.
Horning, who was named one of ten 4A players to watch in the state by Colorado Preps, finished with 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting (4-of-6 from beyond the arc), grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out eight assists in one of the best performances of his career.
“I told Cam at the end of the game in the locker room that when he plays in the flow of the offense he’s going to be awesome,” Demons head coach Cory Hitchcock said. “Cam’s a special player; he’s great for our team. He almost had a triple-double tonight, and I think that with that he knows that when you play within our offense you’re going to get good looks and it’s going to help other players around you. That showed tonight.”
From the opening tip Horning and the Demons — who pushed their league winning streak to 15 straight games — were locked in against the Panthers.
Horning knocked down two 3-pointers in succession, while Garcia added two layups in transition to push Glenwood’s lead to 12-2 before the Panthers knew what hit them.
A layup from Delta’s Kyle Mock and a three-point play by Jonny Ponce pulled the Panthers within five, but a 3-pointer from AJ Crowley and a 3-pointer from Horning stretched the Demons’ lead to 22-13 after one quarter of play.
Crowley and Horning picked up right where they left off to start the second quarter as Crowley scored on a great backdoor cut off of a solid feed from Mason Yellico, while Horning hit a jumper and drove into the paint for a layup.
A putback by Horning, two layups in transition by Garcia and a floater and deep 3-pointer from Yellico put a cap on a 19-point second quarter as the Demons went into halftime up 41-25.
Coming out of the locker room following halftime, Horning took his play to another level, dropping 11 points and dishing out five assists in the quarter to push the Demons’ lead to 59-36, all but sealing the win.
In the win the Demons had three scorers in double figures as Crowley added 12 points to join Horning and Garcia in double figures.
“The credit goes to the kids tonight,” Hitchcock said. “We had a great week of practice. We were focused. I think the same thing happened last year after our tournament after we lost some tough games to tough teams. I think the guys refocused this week.
“I knew in pregame the guys were going to come out fired up. I could see it in their eyes. They were hungry and I think that they want everyone to take notice. We are the defending league champs. I think everyone is looking past us because of the fact that we lost seven seniors.
With the win the Demons even their record at 3-3 (1-0 4A WSL). Glenwood hits the hardwood again today at home against Ponderosa starting at 3 p.m.
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Area prep basketball teams begin their 2019-20 campaigns with tournament action both home and away this weekend.