Demons sweep through home tourney
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – When it comes to putting points on the board, options abound for Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Bryan Derby. And that’s the way the unselfish Demons like it.
“What I like about this team is they’re unselfish kids,” the longtime head coach of the Demons said. “They play as a team. There isn’t one selfish person in there. If there’s somebody open, we’re going to find them.”
Applying that formula to virtual perfection, Glenwood outgunned Eagle Valley, 59-35, to close out the Demons’ home tournament on Saturday. Glenwood finished the weekend with a 3-0 record.
Kenzie Nelson-Buehler led a balanced score sheet with 14 points. Lexie Warkentin and Delaney Gaddis both had 10 points. Delaney’s older sister, Cassidy Gaddis, finished with nine points as the Demons improved to 6-0.
“This is definitely one of the most close-knit teams,” Cassidy said. “We play together. It’s not just people playing together with their own individual skills. We put it all together to create what we have.”
And what they have is a deep roster.
“That’s the advantage we have,” Cassidy added. “Everyone can contribute on offense and on defense.”
The Demons’ two other home tourney wins came against Faith Christian on Friday (68-61) and Roaring Fork on Saturday (51-35).
Eagle Valley’s tournament wasn’t as fruitful.
The Devils went 0-3, losing to Roaring Fork (49-28) and Faith Christian (69-36) in addition to Glenwood.
Cori Cramer’s eight points led Eagle Valley against Glenwood. Taylor Martin chipped in with seven.
“We gained some experience,” said Devils coach Sam Bartlett, whose team dropped to 2-4. “We hadn’t really faced anybody that was really going to show us the areas where we needed to improve. Faith and Glenwood have quality teams.”
Moral victories are no longer enough for Eagle Valley’s boys basketball team. As such, head coach Brent McConaghy isn’t satisfied with the Devils’ 4-1 record.
Not when they could be 5-0.
“We’re not that Eagle Valley anymore,” McConaghy said. “We’re the Eagle Valley that wants to win. It’s time for us to take that step as a program.”
Glenwood Springs dealt McConaghy’s upstart squad its first blemish on Saturday, thriving in the clutch to score a 60-53 win over the Devils.
Kellin Casey attacked the basket for a go-ahead bucket with 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining and then hit at a 5-of-6 clip from the foul line the rest of the way to propel the host Demons in their home tournament finale.
Casey’s efforts helped Glenwood move past Friday night’s 46-44 loss to Roaring Fork.
“We played a lot better team basketball,” said the senior guard, who scored seven of his 12 points in the final quarter. “We moved the ball around the perimeter better. We got open shots instead of forcing shots.”
Mike McGraw led the 4-1 Demons with 25 points. He hit four 3-pointers. Collin Porterfield chipped in with 12 points for the three-time defending 4A Western Slope League champs.
“Everything goes through Glenwood,” McConaghy said. “Glenwood is the champion, and it’s going to be in Glenwood until someone takes it from them. We want to be that team.”
Ayren Hart had 15 points to lead the Devils, who host the Demons on Jan. 19 and play them in Glenwood on Feb. 17. Jeremy Sabo had 11 points and Juan Baca drained three 3-pointers to finish with nine.
“Eagle Valley’s a great basketball team,” Demons coach Cory Hitchcock said. “They’re well coached. They’ve got a lot of size, and I just thought the boys did a great job running what I asked them to do and playing good defense.”
All three boys teams – Glenwood, Eagle Valley and Roaring Fork – competing in the Friday and Saturday tournament finished with 1-1 records.
Roaring Fork’s boys got off to a slow start in a 62-58 loss to Eagle Valley on Saturday. The Rams finished the tournament with a 1-1 record.
Trent Reeds’ 16 points led the Rams, who fell to 1-3 overall. Trae Moxley added 10 points.
“We didn’t show up ready to play and they did,” Roaring Fork coach Larry Williams said.
Timothy Wells paced the Devils with 18 points. Samuel Lounsberry added 10 points and Sabo scored nine.
Roaring Fork’s girls dropped games to Faith Christian (69-36) and Glenwood Springs (51-35) to finish off a 1-2 tournament showing.
The Rams (1-4) defeated Eagle Valley, 49-28, on Friday.
Megan Gianinetti’s 19 points helped the Rams to victory in that one. Kaleigh Wisroth contributed 10 points, and Georgia Ackerman finished the game with nine.
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