Glenwood Lady Demons down struggling Summit girls, 48-29
Kayle Walker-Burns and the Summit High School girls basketball program know Glenwood Springs will always prove to be a challenge. Led by reigning league coach of the year, Rhonda Moser, the Demons came into Summit High School Tuesday night 0-2 on the young season and hungry for a win.
In a battle of two teams that favor the full-court press, the Demons (1-2) took control of the contest against the Tigers early on, racing out to a 19-9 lead at the end of the first half that would grow to an eventual 48-29 victory.
Walker-Burns said Summit’s struggles passing and turning the basketball over did the Tigers (1-2) in as Summit failed to register a single player with double-digit points.
Throughout the 32-minute contest, both sides consistently turned the other team over, but it was Summit who suffered more turnovers and more missed shot opportunities.
“I feel like this is our year that we can probably compete with them,” Walker-Burns said after the game. “I don’t know if our mental focus wasn’t there. We were just a little off. We played two great games (to start the season) and it’s disappointing when the team works hard and is playing great and that’s not the team that showed up tonight.”
Summit scored 14 points in the fourth quarter after scoring just 15 points through the first three quarters, but the effort wasn’t enough to make up for Glenwood Springs’ 18 fourth-quarter points of their own.
“The girls just need to be aggressive looking for their shots,” Walker-Burns said. “I think we had good moments. The press worked well and we were aggressive, but we didn’t play 32 minutes like that.”
Walker-Burns said heading into the game she digitally shared some press breaks and inbounds plays. The Tigers worked on them some in practice, but in a season shortened by pandemic health regulations teams have just one day of practice in between games — including the turnaround versus Rifle Thursday and then the turnaround at Battle Mountain Saturday. With those shortened preparation windows, Walker-Burns said mental preparation is that much more important.
“It’s hard — it’s homework for basketball,” Walker-Burns said.
For the balanced Glenwood Springs offensive attack, Matea Enewold scored 11 points while point guard Ella Johnson added 9 points, spearheading the Demons offense. Glenwood Springs senior captain post player Graci Dietrich only scored six points, but she provided a steady screening presence on the interior and at the high post.
The Tigers’ other top scorers on the night were Sarah Pappas and Callie Smith, who scored four points each.
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