Glenwood girls fall short in rally
GSPI Sports Editor
The Moffat County Bulldogs held off a late charge by Glenwood Springs to secure a 60-51 Class 4A Western Slope League girls basketball victory here Friday night.
Moffat County (8-3 league, 13-5 overall) seemed in control and held a 40-31 advantage going into the final quarter, but had difficulty dealing with the Demon press in the final frame.
Keyed by a pair of Yuri Salvidrez layups that came as a result of Bulldog turnovers off the press, Glenwood (5-4, 8-8) went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 53-49 with less than three minutes remaining.
“I didn’t think (the press) would work as well as it did,” Glenwood Springs coach Deb Henderson said. “I was thinking maybe I should have put it on earlier. (The Bulldogs) got a little panicked and got caught a little off-guard.”
Even with the rally, the game came down to free throws, and Moffat County was deadly from the charity stripe.
Moffat County sealed the contest by going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute. Brandie Telfer hit four of the foul shots, while Jessica Uecker was a perfect 2-for-2.
“We’re a young team and this was a good lesson,” Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen said. “We execute, execute and then flub up a bit and it really nips you.
“We had the free throws down the stretch to keep us in there and we were able to hang on,” Mortensen said. “I’m glad the game wasn’t a minute longer.”
Telfer led Moffat County with 16 points and Mari Katherine Raftopoulos tallied 15. Glenwood’s Amber Sutherland led all scorers with 19 points.
Moffat County got off to a quick start in the game, going up 9-2 early in the first quarter and carrying an 11-6 edge into the first break.
Powered by strong play from posts Nikita Daniely and Sutherland, the Demons clawed into the lead, 21-20, with 1:42 left in the half. The rally came at a price, however, as Daniely picked up her fourth foul in the final seconds of the half and the Bulldogs went into the locker room with a 24-21 edge.
“My posts came and played a great game and did all the right things,” Henderson said. “We just got ourselves in some foul trouble.”
The Demons kept the three-point margin through the first two minutes of the third quarter until Daniely picked up her fifth personal foul and was also called for a technical.
Raftopolous hit both personal foul shots and went 1-of-2 on the technical for a 35-27 advantage.
The Bulldogs took immediate advantage of Daniely’s absence with a 15-6 run that led to a 46-32 lead. During the seven-minute span of the run, the Bulldogs held Glenwood to just one field goal before the Demons got going with the full-court press.
“We came so close so many times and kept letting them pull away,” Henderson said.
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