GS girls use overtime to stun Rifle
Add another overtime chapter to the historic Rifle-Glenwood Springs basketball rivalry.
The Glenwood girls came from behind in the fourth quarter and then stunned Rifle 62-58 in overtime Thursday night at the Bears Den in Rifle.
The shocker before a near full house ended when the Demons erased a five-point deficit in the fourth quarter and then outscored the Bears 11-7 in the four-minute overtime period.
The Demons trailed by five to start the fourth quarter, but Jeri Polowchena scored nine consecutive points to pull Glenwood Springs even.
Lacey Darien sparked the Demons off the bench with four steals to help the cause in the fourth quarter.
The Demons pulled ahead by four points on Heather Hert’s putback before Autumn Hedberg rallied the Bears with a 3-pointer.
Ashley Gavito then put the Bears ahead with a pair of crucial foul shots with 1:40 to play in regulation.
The Demons regained the lead and then Renee Morris put Rifle ahead 50-49.
Kessie Schwanebeck put Glenwood back on top with a 12-footer with 35 seconds on the clock.
That 51-50 lead became a 51-51 tie when Krista Wagstrom hit 1-of-2 free throws for the Bears with 30 seconds left.
Both teams scrambled through the final seconds before Gavito was fouled as the buzzer sounded. Her two free throws with :00 on the clock both bounced away, sending the game into overtime.
Polowchena, who finished with 19 points, opened OT with a basket and then Schwanebeck hit three baskets to boost Glenwood to a 59-53 lead with 1:12 remaining in overtime.
Gavito’s basket cut the lead before Natalie Lancaster hit two free throws to make the score 61-55 with 32 seconds left.
Rifle’s Amy Daley hit a 3-point bank shot with 15 seconds to play to cut the margin to 61-58.
But Lancaster nailed 1-of-2 at the foul line with eight seconds remaining, securing the emotional 62-58 victory for the Demons, who improved to 5-4 in the 4A Western Slope League. They are 9-7 overall.
The Rifle girls moved to 6-3 in the league, 8-8 overall.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.