GSHS girls eliminated from postseason
Post Independent Staff
FRUITA – A surplus of penalties stopped Glenwood Springs’ girls from advancing to the Class 4A state basketball playoffs Saturday.
Moffat County took advantage of a unbalanced number of personal fouls whistled against the Demons to notch a 59-49 Class 4A District 6 win and earn the last available state playoff berth.
The Bulldogs connected on 18-of-22 attempts from the free-throw line, while Glenwood only went 3-of-5.
“The foul count was insane,” said Glenwood coach Deb Henderson. “But we fought through that, and (the team) wanted to win no matter what.”
The Demons’ full-court press forced Moffat County into 26 turnovers and plenty of easy Glenwood baskets.
“I thought our press was very effective and we got some great steals and we worked hard,” Henderson noted. “It confused (Moffat County) and was hard for them to handle. But it’s hard to press the whole game because my girls get tired.”
Moffat County coach Craig Mortensen said he wasn’t surprised by the Demon press.
“(Glenwood) is a very quick team,” he said. “They are quicker than us, and they really put some pressure on us.”
While things were working on the defensive end, the bulk of Glenwood’s scoring came from two sources ” forwards Amber Sutherland and Nikita Daniely.
Overall, the two seniors scored 30 of the Demons 49 total points as well as scoring all 17 of the Demons’ first-half points.
Daniely finished with 16 points and Sutherland had 14. The two starters ended with nine rebounds each.
Despite the low offensive output, Glenwood only trailed by six at intermission.
Free throws were the difference. Moffat County hit 7-of-9 free throws in the first half against Glenwood’s meager 1-of-2 at the line.
Moffat County extended its 23-17 lead to 13 points with an 8-0 run, sparked by two Brandi Tolfer field goals, mixed in with a couple of Mary Kary Raftopolis free throws in the third quarter.
The determined Demons carved the Bulldogs’ big lead down to 40-38 when Amanda Whiting’s 15-footer rolled in bucket with 3:38 left in the game.
But, Moffat County’s ability to earn free throws haunted the Demons in the home stretch.
All nine of the Bulldogs’ remaining points came at the line. Glenwood’s final point of the game also came off a free throw, by Emily Hauptli with 1:56 remaining.
“When you get 25 free throws, it’s hard to contend with,” said Henderson.
Glenwood 57, Battle Mtn. 41
PALISADE ” Using balance scoring with four starters finishing in double figures, the Demons coasted to a 57-41 win in an elimination-bracket game here on Friday.
Junior guard Yuri Salvidrez led the Demon offense with 14 points. Her backcourt partner Keegan Nadon added 12 and forwards Nikita Daniely and Sam Ciani finished with 11 points each.
Glenwood put the No. 8-seed Huskies in deep trouble by taking a 28-14 lead at halftime, keyed by the Demons’ 7-0 scoring run in the last two minutes of the second quarter.
Alexis Guinn scored 11 points for Battle Mountain.
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