Demons sweep Wildcats, Titans top Pirates
On the road for the start of the Greeley Central Tournament Thursday, the Glenwood Springs Lady Demons topped the Greeley Central Wildcats by a score of 49-46 to improve to 3-4 on the young season.
Against the Wildcats, Glenwood fell behind 17-11 after one quarter of play before buckling down defensively to hold Greeley Central to just three second-quarter points while scoring 17 points themselves to take a 28-20 lead at the half as junior forward Ellie Moser scored seven first-half points, while freshman guard Natalya Taylor and junior forwards Dani DeCrow and Tatum Peterson added four first-half points each to pace the Demons.
In the second half, Peterson scored six points in the third quarter to help the Demons hold a 40-35 lead heading into the final quarter of play. In the fourth quarter, Glenwood was able to do just enough offensively to hang on for the three-point win despite shooting just 27 percent combined from the floor against the Wildcats.
In the win, Peterson finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds and three steals, while junior guard Maddie Bolitho finished with nine points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals for the Demons.
By topping the Wildcats, Glenwood sets up a matchup with Fruita Monument today at 6:30 p.m.
GLENWOOD 42, GREELEY CENTRAL 37
In the second matchup of the season with the Greeley Central Wildcats, the Glenwood Springs Demons boys basketball team picked up another win, this time in regulation, by a score of 42-37. The last time the Demons and Wildcats met back on Dec. 2, Glenwood emerged victorious in double overtime by a score of 68-59.
Against the Wildcats, Glenwood took a 15-7 lead after one quarter of play as sophomore guard Kevin Ayon hit a three-pointer, while senior forward Nic Isgrig scored four points to help the Demons take an eight-point lead. In the second quarter, Glenwood scored just six points — all of them coming from junior guard AJ Crowley — as the Wildcats were able to get back into the game at the half as the Demons held a 21-19 lead.
Heading into the second half, Glenwood came out cold, scoring just seven points as junior guard Aaron Smith hit a three-pointer and added one of two free throws, while sophomore guard Angel Garcia hit a bucket and added the ensuing free throw. Following the rough third quarter, Glenwood needed a comeback effort in the fourth quarter as the Demons headed into the final quarter trailing 30-28.
Fortunately for the Demons, Smith caught fire to hit two three-pointers while adding three of four free throws, while sophomore guard Jason Gambrel added two points in the final quarter to lead Glenwood to the 42-37 win.
With the win, Glenwood will take on Cheyenne (Wyoming) Central today at 4:30 p.m.
COAL RIDGE 51, PAGOSA SPRINGS 40
Traveling to Palisade for the opening game of the Bulldogs’ home tournament, the Coal Ridge Titans boys basketball team picked up a big 51-40 win over the Pirates.
Against Palisade, the Titans raced out to a 16-5 lead after one quarter of play as junior guard Brandon Herrera hit two three-pointers, while senior forward Hunter Gerber and sophomore guard Aaron Arreola added five and three points, respectively, to pace the Coal Ridge offense.
Off to the fast start, Coal Ridge continued its torrid pace in the second quarter as Herrera erupted for seven more points, sending the Titans into the half with a 29-14 lead.
Coming out of the half, the Titans continued to roll as Herrera and Gerber splashed home three-pointers, while sophomore forward Payton White and senior guard Martin Camunez added buckets, giving the Titans a 39-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
With the big lead, Coal Ridge was able to coast as sophomore guard Jan Hernandez hit five free throws, while Arreola added one three-pointer to cap off the win.
The Titans will take on South (Cheyenne, Wyoming) today at 1:30 p.m.
DEMONS TOP HUSKIES, 64-9
Taking on the Battle Mountain Huskies Thursday in a big wrestling match on the Western Slope, the Glenwood Springs Demons wrestling team rolled to a dominating 64-9 win over the Huskies as the Demons won 12 of the 14 matches on the night despite just six total matches being wrestled on the mat due to forfeits.
Against the Huskies, Riley Prough got the Demons off to a fast start in the 132-pound match, controlling the match with Mario Delara start to finish, scoring three takedowns in the first period along with two nearfall points to make the score 8-2 after one period. Choosing bottom to start the second period, the two swapped reversals before Riley scored three back points. In the third period, Riley converted a reversal and three more back points to complete the tech-fall.
In the 138-pound match, Glenwood’s Joaquin Garcia pinned Humberto Estrada in 4:15. After giving up an early takedown, Garcia scored a reversal, then allowed an escape before converting his own double-leg takedown. In the second period it was back and forth as the two swapped takedowns and escapes, but in the third period Estrada chose bottom and quickly escaped but just as quickly was taken to his back and pinned.
Larry Flores won by fall in 4:17 over Battle Mountain’s Victor Ortiz in the 145-pound match. Flores managed the match start to finish, scoring a quick takedown and riding out the first period before escaping off of the bottom in the second period to then scoring another takedown and rideout. In the third period, Flores was able to wear his opponent down, scoring a near-side cradle from his feet, finishing the match.
In the 152-pound match, Glenwood sent out Keyla Contreras against Rahul Nuepane. Nuepane scored the first takedown before being reversed by Contreras. In the second period, Contreras was unable to work up off bottom and was pinned by Nuepane.
Wrestling at 195 pounds against the Huskies, defending 170-pound state champion Myles Wilson scored an array of takedowns and near falls to win by tech-fall over Arturo Macias.
At 220 pounds, Antonio Ordonez got off to a fast start scoring on two double-leg takedowns against Battle Mountain’s Demetrio Velasco before scoring a quick escape in the second period. However, Ordonez was just giving up too much weight to Velasco as he scored on four go-behinds to open up a lead. Velasco went on to win by decision, 11-7.
“Overall we were happy with the way our guys and gals competed,” Glenwood assistant coach Miles Cook said. “The energy was a little different in a lightly attended event, and I think it threw the kids off a bit.”
The Demons will return to the mat Friday and Saturday at the Keith Kilker Memorial Duals at Weld Central High School in Keenesburg.