Demons topple BMHS, 61-31 |

Demons topple BMHS, 61-31

Battle Mountains Sara Lybarger, left, goes for a rebound with Glenwoods Nikita Daniely during Friday night game at Glenwood High School. Battle Mountain lost 31 to 61. Jim Noelker photo

Basketball is supposed to be fun. And the Glenwood Springs High School girls basketball team had plenty to feel giddy about after posting a 61-31 rout of Battle Mountain Friday night.

The victory evened the Demons record at 4-4, snapped a two-game losing streak and, most importantly, gave Glenwood a 1-0 mark in the Western Slope League.

“We needed this,” said forward Amanda Whiting of the Demons’ accomplishment.

Considering it was the league opener for both teams, Glenwood’s improved play came at the right time.

From the beginning, Glenwood’s defense took center stage.

Starting the game using the backcourt press, the Demons forced Battle Mountain into 38 turnovers.

Glenwood’s defensive pressure was at its best early in the contest.

In the first quarter, Battle Mountain (0-1 WSL, 2-4 overall) committed 17 turnovers, which allowed numerous scoring opportunities for the Demon offense.

Glenwood, however, had problems converting those easy chances into field goals. The Demons hit only 1-of-19 shots in the opening eight minutes, but they were connecting from the free-throw line.

As a team, Glenwood hit 16-of-22 attempts from the charity stripe in the first half to take a commanding 29-17 lead. Amber Sutherland was 11-for-12 from the free-throw line at halftime.

The Demons’ marksmanship from the charity stripe wilted Battle Mountain, along with Glenwood’s defense.

The Huskies never found their rhythm. As a team, Battle Mountain was held to single digits in three of the game’s four quarters and had only 12 field goals in 46 attempts.

And after a rough start, Glenwood’s offense improved.

After hitting only 6-of-33 shots in the first half, the Demons connected on 13 of their 21 baskets after intermission.

Sutherland, before earning an early exit, scored 23 points and added 11 rebounds, both game highs. Freshman Sam Ciani also had a solid effort with 13 points.

The loss extends Battle Mountain’s losing streak to three straight games, and drops its record to 2-4 and 0-1 in the WSL.

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