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Demons pull out wins over Bears

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

RIFLE, Colorado ” Eight of the game’s previous 10 points had fallen for their opponent and the momentum seemed to be swinging away from them. A 12-point lead had shrunk to six, and their opponent, Rifle, had a rowdy home crowd on its side.

So Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Bryan Derby called for a timeout, not long after shouting, “Calm down!” at his young team.

“I just told them, ‘We’ve got to be patient, to go show them what you’re made of,'” Derby recalled. “I knew that wasn’t our team. That was a little mental lapse.”

It didn’t take long for the Demons to respond to Derby’s fourth-quarter pep talk, piecing together an 8-0 run to seal what would end as a 60-50 win over the Bears on Tuesday.

“These girls came out and, for four quarters, they left everything on the floor,” Derby said. “They did everything I asked. We made some mistakes, but, you know, I expect that. But we fought through them and never laid down to die. We just kept battling.”

The Demons have now won two in a row after a stinging 53-36 loss to visiting Moffat County on Friday night. That defeat left a bitter taste that Glenwood, now 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the 4A Western Slope League, was determined to wash away on Tuesday.

A strong second half ” most notably a fourth quarter in which the Demons hit 15-of-16 free throws ” made that happen.

“Coming off that loss to Moffat, we didn’t want to see that again,” said Demon senior Laura Young, whose 16 points trailed only Katrina Selsor’s 18 in the Glenwood scorebook. “We went into the locker room knowing Rifle would come out tough. We talked about the intensity level, how we needed to pick it up the next two quarters.”

Kenzie Kuhn added 13 points for Glenwood, while Ciara Euler scored a game-best 19 points for Rifle. Euler drained four 3-pointers in the first quarter. Sandy Samson added 13 points for the Bears, now 10-5 overall and 5-2 in the 4A WSL.

Rifle coach Stephanie Heald saw the game slip away in the second half after winning the first quarter 18-16 and trailing by just four (28-24) at halftime.

“They hit some shots and our defense’s heads came down a little,” she said. “All of a sudden our defense wasn’t as tight as it was from the first half.”

Heald’s Bears return to the court Friday at Delta. Glenwood hosts Palisade the same night.

Riding a dream night from beyond the arc, Glenwood Springs’ boys rolled to an 81-49 win over Rifle on Tuesday.

The Demons connected on 12-of-21 3-pointers, including 6-of-8 in the first quarter, to build a big lead early and run away with it.

“That’s great,” Glenwood coach Greg Hire said of his team’s long-distance showing. “We weren’t shooting the ball all that well up until this point.”

Kevin Screen went 4-of-5 and Jordan Ciani was 4-of-4 from three-point range to pace the hot-shooting Demons, who improved to 10-6 overall and to 6-1 in the 4A WSL.

“This just shows that we can shoot the ball,” Ciani said. “We don’t have set shooters. We can run five fast or five big.”

Ciani’s words were accurate. Five different Demons hit from downtown, with Kevin Flohr draining two triples and Russell Collins and Dakota Stonehouse hitting one apiece.

Screen led all scorers with 20 points, while Ciani chipped in 13 for Glenwood and Kevin Flohr added 10.

Tyler Rust led Rifle, now 6-9 overall and 3-4 in league, with 19 points. Dustin Ross added 12 points.

While Glenwood had a big night in Rifle, so did league leader Steamboat Springs up in Moffat County, where the Sailors beat the Bulldogs 44-32 to go to 7-0 in league and stay a game up on the Demons.

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