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Demons top Devils, remain unbeaten

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs sophomore Hailey Armstrong, left, makes a shot over Eagle Valley's Madeline Lounsberry during Saturday's Demon Invitational basketball tournament.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Speed is one of the strengths of Glenwood Springs High School’s girls basketball team. Sometimes, though, the Demons move a little too fast.

Such was the case against Eagle Valley in the team’s Demon Invitational finale.

Speed and athletic ability helped fuel a transition game that helped host Glenwood build up a big lead against the Devils in the first half. But the Demons, who took a 19-7 lead after a quarter, endured moments of wildness down the stretch, allowing Eagle Valley to charge back into the game.

It didn’t help that Glenwood lost point guard Delaney Gaddis to what appeared to be an ankle injury late in the second half. She didn’t return.

Still, the Demons’ deep roster pulled through.

After the Devils scored eight of the third quarter’s first 10 points to pull to within one at 29-28, Glenwood closed the frame with a 7-2 run to make it 36-30 entering the fourth.

Eagle Valley pulled to within four late (48-44), but that’s as close as it got.

“We got a little crazy,” Demons sophomore Madi Spence admitted.

Kenzie Nelson-Buehler paced Glenwood with 17 points. Spence added seven points and Laura McDermott and Gaddis chipped in with six points apiece.

The win pushed the Demons to 3-0 on the young season.

“We have a lot of talent, a lot of speed,” Spence said. “We like to run the court. Kenzie can shoot great outside shots. Jordan [DeCrow], too. Hopefully, we can start getting more rebounds.”

Mariel Gutierrez had a big game for Eagle Valley with 20 points. Taylor Martin added nine points and Madeline Lounsberry seven for the Devils, who defeated Faith Christian on Saturday morning, 48-43.

“It was good to get that win against Faith,” Eagle Valley coach Sam Bartlett said. “I don’t know how often the girls program at Eagle Valley has beat Faith. They were the returning 3A state champs. They lost a lot of good talent from last year.”

And they did it down a starter in Lounsberry, who was busy taking her ACT test Saturday morning before returning for the Glenwood game.

Up next for Glenwood Springs is a trip to Summit on Tuesday. The Devils will return to Glenwood Springs on Friday to face the Demons in a 4A Western Slope League game.

Playing two games in a single day is never easy, especially when the first one is against a five-time defending state champion.

Eagle Valley’s boys basketball team proved up to the challenge on Saturday, taking down Class 3A powerhouse Faith Christian in the morning, 76-56, and then knocking off host Glenwood Springs in the evening, 55-43, to finish off the Demon Invitational with a flourish.

A 66-58 loss to Aspen on Friday night was the only setback of the weekend for the Devils, last season’s 4A Western Slope League co-champions.

“That was an emotional victory this morning, a hard-fought battle,” Eagle Valley coach Jim Bair said. “We were a little nervous about tonight, about the guys being able to bounce back. Playing two games in a day is always tough.”

Behind a balanced offensive effort, the Devils (4-1) powered their way through the nightcap. Ryan Werner scored 14 points, with Travis Edgar contributing 12 and Samuel Lounsberry 11 to lift Eagle Valley, which jumped out to an early 9-3 lead.

The pesky Demons (1-3) kept it relatively close the rest of the night.

“We’re a young basketball team,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “I thought we played great defense. Our effort on defense was awesome. The offensive end hurt us. We turned the ball over too many times. When you turn the ball over that much, it’s hard to beat a good team.”

Jared Gambrel led Hitchcock’s squad with 14 points. Grant Fegan chipped in with 10.

After Friday night’s loss to Aspen, the Devils were determined to make a statement on Saturday.

“It was definitely rough, especially after that loss to Aspen,” said Werner, a senior. “But we came out strong. We knew we could do it.”

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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