Faith pulls away in fourth
Through three quarters, the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team kept its first win of the season within reach. Then came the fourth quarter, in which the Demons were outscored 20-10, turned the ball over seven times and fell to unbeaten Faith Christian 61-48 in their first game of the Demon Invitational.”We had a little bit of a breakdown,” said Glenwood head coach Deb Henderson. “We let them get excited about the game and we had to play catch-up.”Glenwood (0-3) was down only 41-38 going into the fourth quarter, but with 4:40 left in the game, Eagle Brittany Long hit a 3-pointer to make the score 49-42. She converted another three-point play on Faith Christian’s next possession, making a layup and her free-throw after to seal the victory for the Warriors (3-0).
“We just kind of mentally lost it,” center Sam Ciani said about her team’s fourth-quarter performance.The Demons committed 35 turnovers in the game and couldn’t capitalize on the 28 the Warriors made. “I think that we out-worked that team,” Henderson said. “We just have to take care of the ball and stop giving it away. We have to cut down on turnovers.”Long had 30 points for Faith Christian including three 3-pointers. Outside of Long, Henderson thought that Glenwood’s defense improved from the last game.
“I think we did better (on defense). We held them to only two fast-break layups,” Henderson said. “We just have to take care of the ball. We need to slow down and take a breath before we pass the ball.”Both teams had trouble controlling the ball early, but the score remained close as the first quarter ended in a 16-all tie. Glenwood’s offense ran more smoothly than in its game vs. Grand Junction Central onTuesday, with a lot of points coming from inside the paint. Forward Emily Hauptli totaled 19 points, Ciani added another 13 and Sharaya Selsor got most of her 10 points under the basket.”Our guards were able to get the ball in and we were able to make some space,” Ciani said “We ran the offense really well.”
Faith Christian carried a 33-30 lead into halftime before a slow third quarter resulted in eight points for each team. In the final frame, the Warriors, guided by Long, went on an 8-0 run and took a 54-44 lead with 2 minutes left. They then hit five free throws at the end of the game to put the Demons away.Glenwood plays in its second and final game of the Demon Invitational today at 9 a.m. against Greeley Central.According to Ciani, the Demons know what they need to work on to earn the win.”We have to keep our cool for all four quarters,” Ciani said. “When something is called, we have to run it. We have to listen to coach from the sideline.”
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