Glenwood takes both games from Canon City
For the second game in a row, Glenwood junior forward Tatum Peterson hit a late bucket to win the game Friday for the Lady Demons in a 33-32 triumph over the Canon City Tigers on Day Two of the Demon Invitational inside Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
One night after hitting the game-winning layup in overtime against Faith Christian, Peterson hit a layup to tie the game at 32-32 while drawing the foul with 2.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter against the Tigers. The junior’s ensuing free throw would swish home, giving the Demons the final margin of victory to improve to 2-3 on the season.
With the Glenwood offense struggling to score like it did the previous night, Peterson took on an even greater role in the paint as the junior finished with a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds.
“Obviously she stepped up when we needed her and she did her job,” Glenwood Head Coach Rhona Moser said. “But we can’t put that type of pressure on her throughout the season. Last night was a lot more indicative of what our real potential is, so I think if we can get to that point of having five shooters on the floor, it will take a lot of pressure off of Tatum. But we were just flat-footed tonight and didn’t have a lot of shots falling tonight; we just didn’t execute as well tonight. We knew coming off of that emotional win last night that it would be tough to come out tonight and get going again, and we just came out super flat and didn’t get much momentum going.”
Early on in the game it appeared as though the Demons would pick up right where they left off on Thursday as junior guard Maddie Bolitho and junior forward Saylor Warren started the scoring to give Glenwood a 4-0 lead.
Peterson would then add a layup and two free throws to make it 8-2 Demons early before Canon City junior guard Jerika Moore drilled a three-pointer to pull the Tigers back into the game.
Glenwood would get buckets from Peterson and junior forward Dani DeCrow to take a 12-8 lead after one quarter of play, but following the initial eight minutes of action, things really bogged down for both teams as the Demons and Tigers struggled to execute and hit shots in their halfcourt offenses.
Fortunately for Glenwood, Peterson prowled the paint for much of the night, especially in the first half. Heading into the break with an 18-17 lead, Glenwood got 10 of its points from the junior forward.
Looking to break out in the second half, the Demons outscored the Tigers 7-3 in the third quarter as Peterson hit three of four free throws, while Bolitho and DeCrow each got shots to fall to give Glenwood a five-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, 25-20.
In the final quarter, Canon City got two quick three-pointers from Moore to pull to within 27-26. Peterson would hit one of two free throws to make it 28-26 Glenwood, setting up a dramatic final few minutes.
Canon City would get a nice floater along the baseline from Moore to tie it up at 28-28, leading to a layup in transition from junior forward Lydia Bright to give the Tigers a 30-28 lead. Following Bright’s layup, Glenwood tried to transition quickly, but Tigers freshman guard Kate Tedquist stole the ball and got the layup to fall to make it 32-28 Tigers in what looked to be a blown lead for the Demons.
However, Peterson would answer with a turnaround jumper to make it 32-30, setting up her heroics in the final seconds.
“Tatum had a height advantage all night long, so we knew who we needed to get the ball to there,” Moser said. “She’s our best option, so we decided to go for it. It worked out for us; we had some good breaks in the end.”
In the win, Bolitho finished with six points, while DeCrow and Warren chipped in with four and two points each.
GLENWOOD 48, CANON CITY 40
One night after coming up just short against the Faith Christian Eagles at the buzzer, the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team responded in a big way Friday against the Canon City Tigers to pick up a 48-40 win in a game in which they never trailed the Tigers.
From start to finish, Glenwood either held the lead, or tied with the Tigers, but never once fell behind in a game that was important for the Demons to take at home in the Demon Invitational.
To start the game the Demons got off to a fast start against the Tigers, taking a 16-8 lead late in the first quarter thanks to a layup and a three-pointer from senior forward Carlos Nolasco-Montes, a three-pointer from junior guard AJ Crowley, and a layup from junior guard Aaron Smith.
The fast start by the Demons was reminiscent of the start they had against the Eagles on Thursday as the Demons took an 18-11 following one quarter of play in which they simply outworked the Tigers.
But in the second quarter the Demons would be outscored 10-9 as the Tigers hit two three-pointers in the quarter, sending the two teams into the locker room with Glenwood holding a six-point lead, 27-21.
Things would get messy in the second half though as the attacking mentality the Demons had in the first half seemed to disappear as things got tight.
Canon City senior forward Dacian Sullivan started the second half fast with two free throws and a three-pointer to pull the Tigers to within 30-25, but Glenwood would go on a 6-0 run to close the quarter as Crowley picked the pocket of a Canon City guard and raced in for a layup, while sophomore forward Luke Gair would hit a baseline floater and a jumper from the free throw line to give Glenwood a 36-25 lead heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter the two teams would combine for 27 points, but free throws from Smith and sophomore guards Wyatt Ewer and Chano Gonzales would seal the 48-40 win for the Demons as the two teams emptied the benches in the final seconds.
“I told the boys that I thought we played a really good first half, but that we played into their [Canon City] hands in the second half by slowing things down and not being aggressive at times,” Glenwood Head Coach Cory Hitchcock said. “I keep telling the boys that we can’t keep having quarters where we’re not scoring many points, but credit to Canon City. They did a nice job of getting back and getting stops. But I’m glad that we were able to pull this one out and show that even when we don’t play our best games that we can fight for a W.”
In the win, Smith and sophomore guard Angel Garcia led the way with 10 points each, while Nolasco-Montes finished with nine points. Crowley added seven points for the Demons, while Gair added six points.
With the win, Glenwood improves to 3-2 on the season. The Demons will take on Alamosa today at 2:30 p.m.