Glenwood, Grand Valley girls pull off first-round upsets to advance in state basketball playoffs

On the road for the first round of their respective state basketball playoffs Tuesday night, the Glenwood Springs Lady Demons and the girls of Grand Valley both found the upper hand against higher-seeded teams.

No. 22 Glenwood defeated No. 11 Weld Central, 52-33, in the opening round of the 4A tournament. The Demons advance to the Sweet 16, where they’ll be on the road again Thursday against No. 6 George Washington.

Up 31-28 after three quarters, Glenwood went on a fourth-quarter tear to put away the host Rebels, outscoring the winners of the 4A Colorado League 21-5 through the final 8 minutes of play.

Sophomore Joslyn Spires and junior Kenzie Winder provided much of the offensive spark for the 9-4 Demons, with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Seniors Gracie Dietrich and Maddie Moser added 9 and 8 points.

Also winning its first-round game in the 3A girls tournament against a higher-seeded opponent on the road was Grand Valley.

The Cardinals, ranked 24th in the 24-team field, defeated No. 9 Pagosa Springs, 47-44. Game details were not immediately reported to

The Cardinals (9-6), ranked 24th in the 24-team field, now face No. 8 Brush (11-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Brush.


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