Glenwood girls net weekend sweep
Post Independent Staff
At the midway point of the season, the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team has jelled.
For the second game in as many nights, the Demons dominated the boards and put the brakes to an opponent’s offense.
After a slow-moving first quarter where Delta led by one at the end of the period, Glenwood (3-2 league, 7-6 overall) put Delta away easily, taking a 47-30 decision over the WSL cellar-dwelling Panthers.
The Demons opened a 19-11 lead at halftime in Saturday’s contest, outscoring Delta 13-4 in the second quarter.
After intermission, the biggest question was how much of an advantage Glenwood would open up against their league rival.
Emily Hauptli finished with a game-high 15 points for the Demons. Center Sam Ciani added 13. Chelsea Velasquez led Delta with 13 points.
PALISADE ” Sam Ciani responded to Glenwood Springs coach Deb Henderson’s challenge with a big night.
The Demons sophomore scored a game-high 20 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and blocked four shots in a 58-39 Demons rout over Palisade Friday.
“We knew we had a mismatch (inside) with Sam, and I just challenged her to step up, work hard and move around in there,” Henderson said.
Operating against the smaller Bulldog forwards, Ciani was unstoppable.
Palisade fouled the 5 foot, 11 inch post four of Glenwood’s initial five possessions. Ciani responded by sinking four-of-six free throws.
Up 8-4, the Demons lost their lead and trailed Palisade by two at the end of the first quarter.
Coming out of the team huddle at the break, Ciani scored six of Glenwood’s points in a second period 11-0 run that put the game on ice.
“It’s never easy,” said Ciani of playing inside. “I always have to work hard. But I had some great passes and great help from our guards tonight that made it work.”
Ahead by five, the Demons widened their lead by outscoring the Bulldogs 9-2 in the final three minutes of the first half.
Emily Hauptli and Sharaya Selsor added 12 points each for the Demons. Kristen Hayes and Jill Bounds led Palisade with 12 and nine points, respectively.
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