Glenwood girls stay unbeaten; Delta boys top Demons
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Haley Armstrong was the go-to girl for the Glenwood Springs High School girls basketball team just when the Demons needed it against Delta on Friday night.
The Glenwood junior scored seven of her 11 points in a 5-minute span in the second half. The spurt came during a run that helped the fourth-ranked Demons pull away from the Panthers and remain unbeaten with a 63-44 Class 4A Western Slope League victory at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium.
“We broke the curse,” Armstrong said. “In the past, we’d always fall apart when we work our way close in the game. In this one, we kept out heads in the game the whole way.”
Madi Spence finished with a game-high 20 points and 15 rebounds, Delaney Gaddis added 12 points and Jordan DeCrow chipped in 10 for the Demons (8-0 overall, 5-0 WSL), who had to rally from a 17-10 first-quarter deficit. Glenwood, however, overcame 17 first-half turnovers to take a 27-26 lead at halftime, and the adjustments they made at halftime set up a big run starting at the end of the third quarter that essentially put the game out of reach.
“We weren’t as ready to play as we thought at the start,” Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis said. “But instead of fading, we got stronger as the game went on.”
Brittanny Brasfield finished with 10 points and Haley Millard and Shelby Curtis each chipped in nine points for the Panthers (2-6 overall, 0-2 league play), who shot 50 percent (9 of 18) from the field in th first half to keep themselves in the game. But Glenwood’s adjustments on defense forced Delta to finish the game shooting 34.7 percent (16 of 46).
It didn’t look like that would be the case for the first part of the second half, though, as freshman Lily Lockhart started and ended an 8-0 Delta run that gave the Panthers a 36-31 lead. Spence, however, answered on the other end with a three-point play, and Gaddis followed with a 3-pointer for a 37-36 Glenwood lead at the 1 minute, 35-second mark of the third quarter. Armstrong followed with a putback, which was the first of three buckets she hit during a 22-5 run, capped by DeCrow’s wide-open 3 with 3:27 remaining for a 53-40 Glenwood lead.
“I think we might have come in here and overlooked them a little bit,” Armstrong said. “I think we kind of remembered what happened last year when we played them and didn’t finish it out. We didn’t want that to happen again.”
Delta 55, Glenwood Springs 49
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Cade Gafford scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Panthers hold off the hard-charging Demons for a league victory and Glenwood’s first loss of the season.
Keaton Reiher added 12 points, and Gafford finished a perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field. Eian Baier added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Delta (4-4 overall, 2-0 league), who outrebounded Glenwood 38-32 — 25-15 in the first half.
Jared Gambrel finished with 13 points and Brian Burbidge added 10 for the sixth-ranked Demons (8-1, 4-1), but the second-chance points the Panthers were able to get under the basket proved a big difference.
“In a way, I’m kind of glad we got this loss,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “We had an awful lot of success really quickly, so I think that we thought we really had our mojo going. I just hope that we can take this and learn that we can’t be timid when we play. We have to be aggressive.”
Glenwood’s boys and girls play again tonight in Carbondale in nonleague matchups against Roaring Fork.
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