Glenwood girls open regular season with 40-22 win over Pueblo East
On the road Thursday night for the season opener against Pueblo East at the Palmer Tip-Off Tournament, the Glenwood Springs Demons’ girsl basketball team picked up a season-opening win for the first time in four years under head coach Rhonda Moser, rolling to a 40-22 win.
In the win, senior guard Ximena Gutierrez led the Demons with 13 points, while senior guard Emily Worline added 10 points. Senior guard Afton Larsen added 5 points to help pace a balanced Glenwood attack.
“It was a great first win, and a good start to the season for us,” said Moser following the win. “Everyone did their job tonight. We haven’t won the first game of the season before tonight in my four years here, so we made some history tonight. I thought the girls played with heart and they worked hard tonight. They’re starting to find some rhythm as a group.”
The Demons will square off with Denver South Friday night at 6 p.m. on Day Two of the Palmer Tip-Off Tournament.
Fruita Monument 72, Glenwood Springs 52
In the first game under new head coach Fred Heisel, the Glenwood Springs Demons’ boys basketball team dropped a 72-52 decision to Fruita Monument Thursday afternoon to open the Warrior Challenge in Grand Junction.
The Demons cut the deficit to 6 points in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats pulled away late at the free throw line for the 20-point win.
“We didn’t play our best,” said Heisel. “Fruita is a strong team that payed tough defense, hit their free throws, and rebounded well. We made a run in the fourth quarter to get back into the game, but they beat our pressure a few times and hit their free throws.”
In the loss, senior guard Wyatt Ewer led the Demons with 18 points, while senior guard Angel Garcia added 12 points. Glenwood hit just 4-of-13 free throws in the loss.
The Demons will take on Carbon (Price, Utah) Friday on Day Two of the Warrior Challenge.
Grand Valley 47, Jefferson Academy 38
On the road to open the season against Jefferson Academy, the Grand Valley Cardinals’ girls basketball team picked up a 47-38 win over the Jaguars, giving first-year head coach Isaac Pittman his first win in his debut as the head coach.
In the win over the Jaguars, senior guard Shaya Chenoweth led the way with 20 points, while junior guard Jordyn Pittman added 13 points. Grand Valley takes on Strasburg Friday night at 7 p.m. in the first round of Strasburg’s home tournament.
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