Glenwood girls go 3-0 to win Demon Invite
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – Playing three games in two days barely seemed to faze Glenwood Springs’ girls basketball team.
Behind 18 points from Kenzie Kuhn and 11 apiece from Lexie Warkentin and Connor Adams, the Demons rolled to a 63-26 win over Eagle Valley to close out a perfect Demon Invitational on Saturday.
Glenwood topped Roaring Fork, 63-27, earlier on Saturday and rallied for a 67-59 win over Faith Christian on Friday to go 3-0 on the weekend and win its home tournament.
“They came out and worked their tails off this weekend,” Glenwood Springs coach Bryan Derby said. “It’s tough to play three games in two days, but these guys gave me all they have for all three games. I’m pretty proud of them.”
The Demons weren’t lagging one bit by the time they took the court against the Devils in the tourney finale.
Glenwood ended the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take an 18-10 advantage into the second quarter.
By the time the buzzer sounded on the half, the Demons had increased that lead to 36-18.
A 10-0 Glenwood run to start the third quarter erased any hopes of an Eagle Valley comeback.
“Glenwood does a lot of things very well,” first-year Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “They’re a very well-balanced, strong team. The main thing is they showed up to play. They had a lot of energy. We seemed to lack energy from the get-go. We have to do a better job of coming out ready to play and getting that mental focus.”
Aside from her 11 points, Warkentin was a thorn in Eagle Valley’s side all afternoon. The junior had a packed stat line. She finished with five rebounds, five assists, five steals and a block.
“She’s a hard-nosed kid,” Derby lauded. “The team feeds off of her.”
The win pushed Glenwood’s record to 6-0 on the season.
Eagle Valley dropped to 2-4 after a 1-2 Demon Invitational showing.
Roaring Fork suffered a pair of Saturday losses to finish the Demon Invitational with an 0-3 record.
The Rams lost to Glenwood Springs (63-27) and to Faith Christian (63-22) to drop to 0-5 on the season.
“It was a little bit of a tough way to open the season, both weekends,” Roaring Fork coach Justin Perdue said. “We’re playing some bigger teams. … Our intensity has to pick up all around, with every single player.”
Nayeli Alfaro led the Rams with eight points against Glenwood. Daniela Quezada scored seven to pace the team against Faith Christian.
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