Glenwood earns split with Faith Christian |

Glenwood earns split with Faith Christian

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood Springs junior Kenzie Kuhn couldn’t have been much prouder of her young girls basketball teammates on Friday.

The Demons didn’t play their best game. Far from it. Regardless, they found a way to beat visiting Faith Christian in their Demon Invitational opener.

With Kuhn’s 26 points leading the way, Glenwood Springs held on to defeat the Eagles, 61-52.

Despite turning the ball over some 38 times in the face of Faith’s pesky press, the Demons led most of the night. A 12-11 first-quarter lead grew to 35-25 by halftime.

Down 44-35 after three, the Eagles fought back in the fourth.

A 7-0 run in the frame’s middle stages pulled Faith to within one at 49-48.

But, living at the free-throw line down the stretch, the Demons countered. They hit 10 of 12 freebies in the fourth quarter as part of a 20-for-24 night at the stripe.

Kuhn, whose Demons lost after leading much of the game in last year’s meeting with Faith Christian, couldn’t have been more thrilled with this year’s outcome.

“I remember last year, we were in the same exact position,” Kuhn said. “It’s not the same Faith Christian team, but it’s the same defense. … I’m proud of these girls.”

Hannah McDermott and Sarah Treese scored eight points apiece for Glenwood, now 2-1.

“The girls showed me something tonight,” Demons head coach Bryan Derby said. “We know we can win. We just have to keep playing basketball and let the game come to us.”

On today’s Demon Invitational schedule for Glenwood is a 9 a.m. meeting with Woodland Park and a 4 p.m. showdown with 4A Western Slope League mate Eagle Valley.

Faith Christian plays Eagle Valley at 9 a.m. and Woodland Park at 1 p.m.

Faith Christian senior Joel Hegarty said his Eagles are still finding their identity.

It’s scary to think how good they’ll be when they find it.

Hegarty’s game-high 17 points – a total that included five 3-pointers – helped Faith Christian to a 79-55 boys basketball rout over Glenwood Springs on Friday.

“We’re still finding out what kind of team we are this year,” said Hegarty, whose Eagles improved to 2-0. “We’re still finding out our identity.”

Hayden Loudenslager scored 13 points and Torrey Smith 10 to join Hegarty in double figures as the defending 3A state champions pulled away with a second-quarter outburst in which they outscored the host Demons 25-9.

Down 14-13 after one, Faith scored 14 of the second quarter’s first 17 points and never looked back.

“They’re a good team,” Glenwood head coach Greg Hire said. “Our boys played horribly. I thought they played selfishly. We didn’t play like a team.”

Russell Collins and Josh Galvan led the Demons with 12 points apiece. Nick Ciani chipped in with nine.

Glenwood (2-3) has two chances at redemption as the Demon Invitational resumes this morning. The Demons will face Woodland Park at 10:30 a.m. They’ll close out the weekend with a 5:30 p.m. contest against Eagle Valley.

Hire thinks his Demons can bounce back.

“They’re a pretty tough group,” he said. “The Denver experience [at the D’Evelyn/Golden Preview Classic] helped them, having to play day after day.”

Faith will face Eagle Valley at 10:30 a.m. this morning and then finish up against Woodland Park at 2:30 p.m.

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