Glenwood Springs boys hold off scrappy Palisade
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Coach Greg Hire was simply glad he and his Glenwood Springs boys basketball team faced Palisade when they did.
The scrappy Bulldogs dealt Hire’s Demons quite a scare on Friday, cutting a lead that topped out at 17 points down to five late. Glenwood needed a 15-2 game-ending run to polish off a 63-45 win.
A little more seasoning and Hire thinks the Bulldogs will be completing comebacks instead of watching them slip away.
“They’re a good team,” Hire said. “We were concerned about them coming in. They were coming off a couple of wins. All they need is some confidence to start surprising some teams. Once they learn how to not turn the ball over and how to win. I’m glad we played them now and not at the end of the season.”
The Demons spread a 21-0 run between the first and second quarters to build a 25-8 lead by the 5 minute, 32 second mark in the second.
Senior guard Kevin Screen served as the chief culprit in the surge, racking up 10 of his game-high 21 points by the break. The halftime included a pair of steals and breakaway layups.
The 1-3-1 zone the Demons have leaned on heavily in recent games helped too.
“Our 1-3-1’s been tearing people apart,” said Demon sophomore Kevin Flohr. “It stops them from cutting and it creates a lot of layups.”
Those layups typically came in the form of Screen, or select others, jumping the passing lanes, intercepting the ball and then speeding off down the court for easy buckets.
Glenwood continued to keep Palisade at a safe distance early in the second half, leading 43-34 after three.
Flohr hit a 3-pointer to kick off the fourth quarter and give the Demons a 12-point cushion, and that’s about when the Bulldogs came roaring back.
Using a 9-2 run, Palisade pulled to within five (48-43) with 4:07 to go. Freshman Caleb Hall capped the spurt with a triple.
But Glenwood regrouped and showed why it’s thick in the fray of the 4A Western Slope League’s title chase, dropping 15 of the next 17 points to end the night on a happy note for the home crowd at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
Dakota Stonehouse hit a 3-pointer as time expired to round out the contest.
Stonehouse finished with 13 points for the Demons, now 11-6 overall and 7-1 in the 4A WSL. Flohr added 12 points and Jordan Ciani hauled in seven rebounds.
Jake Edmiston led the Bulldogs (2-14 overall, 2-6 in the 5A WSL) with 17 points and seven boards. Jeremy Hayden added 10 points and Rylie Josey netted nine.
“We need to learn how to overcome adversity,” Edmiston said. “Once we get a team on their heels in the fourth quarter, we have to finish. We had a chance to win. … We just couldn’t finish.”
Glenwood’s girls more than made up for a slow start by putting up 21 points apiece in the second and third quarters to storm off with a 70-40 win over Palisade on Friday.
The Demons led just 13-8 after a quarter before erupting offensively in the second to head into intermission with a 34-20 lead.
Natasha Derby drained four 3-pointers and scored all of her 14 points in the third quarter to put the game well beyond reach.
Katrina Selsor matched Derby’s point total and added seven rebounds and a 7-for-8 performance at the free-throw line.
Lexie Warkentin scored 10 points, Breanna Richardson added nine and Kenzie Kuhn had eight points and six assists.
“They got the job done,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. “The first half we settled for a lots of 3s and that was not our game plan. We needed to pound it inside and kick out for 3s only if we needed to.”
And the Demons, now 12-3 overall and 7-1 in the 4A WSL, did just that, efficiently working the inside-outside game.
“We tried to get it into the post more,” Kuhn said. “We also started to pick up the intensity a little bit.”
Next up for both Glenwood squads is a Tuesday home date with Eagle Valley. The girls game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys contest.
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