Demons too tough for Tigers
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball team used a stifling man-to-man defense to begin the game and continued that pressure into the second half to break open a close contest and pull away for a 56-36 Class 4A Western Slope League win over the Summit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Tough defense is what Demon coach Cory Hitchcock says his team will hang their hat on this season.
If Tuesday night’s effort is any indication, his charges are headed in the right direction as district-tournament time looms on the horizon.
“We let our defense create our offense. We’ve been doing that each game,” Hitchcock said. “We slacked off a bit defensively in the second quarter, so I challenged the kids at halftime to step things up. I’m happy with our defensive effort.”
Demon guard Cameron Horning also helps to create quite a bit of offense for Hitchcock’s Demons. With his team struggling to score in the first half, Horning got things heated up by nailing a 3-point shot after feeding teammate Evrett Marr for an inside bucket. Senior Brian Burbidge scored in the paint, and then it was Horning again with a deuce off a rebound score to give help stake Glenwood to a 13-7 lead after one quarter of play.
Mason Yellico got the scoring going for Glenwood in the second quarter with an inside bucket off an inbounds play. Summit closed the deficit to 15-11 when Sam Hull hit a couple of free throws. The always-hustling Marr then made a steal and two free throws, and Horning connected from the perimeter once again to send Glenwood to the locker room with a 27-21 advantage.
Horning picked up where he left off in the first half by hitting a 3-pointer from the right side to start the third quarter. Horning then shifted gears and began to penetrate the Summit defense, finding steady big man Will Gray open underneath the basket for several easy scores.
“In the first half, I focused a little more on scoring to help the team,” Horning said. “The big guys were open more in the second half and they got the ball. They did a great job.”
Gray scored off a no-look pass from Yellico to put Glenwood up 44-25 going into the fourth quarter, deflating Summit’s hopes of a road victory.
“When the guards penetrate, I try to get open for the dish. They certainly do create more opportunities for us bigs,” Gray said.
Horning had 18 points and seven assists on the evening. Gray put in a steady performance with 15 points and eight rebounds for Glenwood. Brian Burbidge and Evrett Marr contributed seven and six points, respectively, for the Demons (11-3, 8-0 league).
GIRLS: GLENWOOD SPRINGS 45, SUMMIT 34
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Glenwood Springs girls basketball team remained unbeaten in Western Slope League play, and continued on their collision course with Palisade next Tuesday at Colorado Mesa University, with a hard fought win over a scrappy Summit basketball team.
Senior post Madi Spence led the way for Glenwood (12-2, 8-0) with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Senior shooting guard Jordan DeCrow pumped in nine points and handed out five assists.
Fellow senior Bella Diaz chipped in six points, and senior post player Hailey Armstrong had five points and nine rebounds.
Both Glenwood teams will hit the road Saturday to face the Battle Mountain Huskies in a set of afternoon league games.
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