Girls basketball: Glenwood pulls away from Battle Mountain; Rams clip Skiers
EDWARDS — Unlike years past, Battle Mountain High School’s girls basketball team didn’t play poorly like some of its predecessors. Just ask the seventh-ranked Glenwood Springs Demons.
Hailey Armstrong and Madi Spence each had a solid game on thee boards, and the Demons pulled away from the Huskies in the second half on their way to a 76-57 Class 4A Western Slope League win.
“They really couldn’t miss a shot early on,” Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis said of Battle Mountain, which traditionally has been one of the league’s lower-level teams. “And at the same time, we were trying to be patient in our offense. That wasn’t working for us … which is when we got back to running.”
And thanks to that, the Demons (13-2, 9-0 4A WSL) ran away from the Huskies (4-11, 1-9) in the second half after leading just 38-37 at halftime. Glenwood pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Battle Mountain 21-10.
Spence finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds, Armstrong went for eight points and 12 boards, and Bella Diaz and Jaime Crowley each had seven and eight rebounds, respectively. Gaddis was most impressed by Mckenna Warren, who finished with a career-high seven assists and five points.
Elizabeth Olivas led the Huskies with 21 points, scoring 10 of Battle Mountain’s 20 first-quarter points. Jessica Sullivan added 16 for Battle Mountain.
Glenwood continues league play Tuesday with a game against Palisade at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction. The Bulldogs (13-2, 9-0) are tied with Glenwood atop the league standings.
Roaring Fork 27, Aspen 24
ASPEN — Cindy Salinas scored a game-high 13 points, and the Rams (4-10, 3-6 3A WSL) held off a gallant comeback attempt by the Skiers (1-12, 1-7 league) in the fourth quarter.
McKenna Woodrow, who scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter, hit a pair of foul shots with 52 seconds remaining to pull the Skiers even with the Rams at 24-24. But Roaring Fork held the Skiers scoreless the rest of the way, and foul shots from Ashley Hall and Emily Fisher provided the Rams with the three-point victory.
Lily Ramos added six points for Roaring Fork. Like Woodrow, Jess Furr had six points to pace the Skiers’ scoring.
Coal Ridge 52, Basalt 31
PEACH VALLEY — Junior Kaitlyn Detlefsen finished with 15 points and 11 boards and Jenny Call added nine to pace the Titans, who held a 27-18 halftime lead.
Also contributing were Mariela Martinez (seven points) and Kyrie’ Foreman (six). The Titans (5-7, 5-2 3A WSL) will play in a makeup game at Olathe on Wednesday.
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