Glenwood hoop squads roll into state
After posting a 14-6 overall record and 12-2 WSL record that put them in second place in the league, the Glenwood springs girls basketball team earned a No. 3 seed in the state tournament bracket.The ranking gives the Demons a first-round bye in the tournament. Glenwood will play the winner of Friday’s Longmont-Falcon contest on Saturday at Harrison High School in Colorado Springs. If the Demons advance, they could play the next two rounds at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.On Saturday night, Demon Sam Ciani guided Glenwood to a 57-38 win over Steamboat Springs, helping Glenwood clinch the second-place seed. Ciani scored 21 points, while Ashley Jensen added another 11.The Sailors didn’t make it easy for the Demons, keeping the game close in the first half and trailing just 33-25 at halftime.Glenwood stepped up its game in the second frame and outscored Steamboat 14-4 in the third quarter to secure the victory.On Friday night, Glenwood almost knocked off top-ranked Moffat County on the Bulldogs’ home court.Glenwood came out ready to play, working to a 28-23 lead over the Bulldogs in the first half. The Demons kept up the charge and held a 39-36 advantage going into the final stanza.That’s when Moffat County proved why it’s No. 1 and outscored Glenwood 24-12 for the victory. Sharaya Selsor finished the night as the top-scoring Demon with 13 points and Jensen added 11. The Glenwood Springs boys basketball team ended the season in second place in the WSL with a 12-2 league record and a 15-7 record overall. The finish gives the team a No. 5 seed in the state tournament.The Demons will have to travel to D’Evelyn High School in Wheatridge to face No. 12 Englewood (5-18) on Friday. If the Demons win, they will be forced to face No. 4 Greeley Central, who received a bye in the first round.The Sweet 16 and Great 8 rounds of Glenwood’s division will be played at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.The state tournament features 48 teams which are broken into four divisions. Play begins on Friday and goes through March 10. The Final Four and Championship games for the boys and girls tournament will be played at the Coors Event Center in Boulder.On Saturday, Steamboat Springs erased any hopes Glenwood had of entering tournament play with only one league loss as the Sailors topped the Demons 53-39.Glenwood was shut out in the first quarter as the Sailors put up 12 points of their own and forced the Demons into an early deficit. And they never overcame it.Four Sailors hit double digits in scoring, while Michael Flohr was the only Demon to do so with 12 points. Chris Benson added another seven in the losing effort.On Friday, Glenwood used tough defense to beat Moffat County in a 63-51 league win.The Demons held the Bulldogs to five points in the first quarter and eight in the third while still managing to put three of its own players in double digits in scoring.Flohr scored 18, Tyler Thimsen totaled 15 and Benson added another 14.Rifle girlsAfter finishing the season with a 9-5 WSL record, a third spot in league and a 12-10 overall record, the Rifle girls basketball team grabbed a No. 9 seed in the state tournament. That seed pits the Bears against No. 8 Mesa Ridge on Friday at Mullen High School in Denver. If Rifle makes it to the second round, it will play at Mullen again and if it advances to the ‘Sweet 16’ or ‘Great 8’ rounds, those games will be played at Metro State College in Denver.In a last-ditch effort to hand Moffat County its first lost of the season, Rifle came up short, falling to the Bulldogs 62-46 at home Saturday night.Kristin Guettler and Megan McWilliams had another strong game in the paint, scoring 13 points each, but it wasn’t enough to match Moffat County’s Markie Workman and its 6-foot-5 center Cayla Maneotis.Workman racked up 19 points and Maneotis finished with 10 points in the Bulldog’s win.Rifle fell behind early and struggled to catch up all game. Down 52-30 at the end of the third quarter, Rifle outscored the Bulldogs 16-10 in the final frame, but it wasn’t enough to come back.Rifle boysRifle ended a tough season on a high note, topping Moffat County 75-69 at home on Saturday night in its season finale.Taking a 31-28 lead into the second half, Rifle turned on the heat, hitting three 3-pointers and taking a 52-43 into the final frame. The Bears then sank 12 free throws in the fourth to seal the deal.Stuart Stapleton finished the game with 24 points, 12 of which came from behind the 3-point arch. Scott Rust totaled 14 points, Mitch Kosht added nine and Zach Whitmore, who nailed two 3-pointers, chipped in eight.
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