GSHS girls win nail-biter against Fruita |

GSHS girls win nail-biter against Fruita

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's Jacy Reynolds (24) calls for the ball to Yuri Salvidrez (20) during Saturday's game against Fruita in the Demon Invitational. GSHS won after two overtimes, 54-51.

The Glenwood Springs girls basketball team and Sam Ciani gained some confidence Saturday.After dropping the first game of the Demon Invitational round-robin tournament Friday night, 81-71, against Class 3A Faith Christian, Glenwood notched a pair of victories Saturday, including a double-overtime thriller against Class 5A Fruita Monument.”They just played so hard, with a bunch of heart and a bunch of pride,” Glenwood coach Deb Henderson said. “I’m so lucky to be coaching these guys.”This win gives the team a lot of confidence and more to grow on,” she said after the win over Fruita.It also improved their record to 2-2 on the season.

The Demons opened play on Saturday with a 58-52 victory over 3A Holy Family, then saved their best for last with a comeback overtime win against Fruita.In a game that included multiple runs and scoring droughts for both Glenwood and Fruita, the Demons saved their best runs for the end – and Sam Ciani was in the middle of the action.With Fruita ahead 40-32 in the fourth quarter, Ciani scored seven points on a Demon 10-point spurt that gave Glenwood a 42-40 lead with 1:22 to go.Three games in two days, however, wasn’t enough for the Glenwood or Fruita players.Fruita’s Tanya Brown hit a jumper to knot the game at 42-all with just over a minute to play, and neither team could break the deadlock before the clock wound down.Fruita took a four-point lead early in the first four-minute overtime period before Yuri Salvidrez cut the lead to two points. Then came the type of pressure moment that proves the mettle of players. With 29 seconds left and faced with a one-and-one trip to the charity stripe, Ciani drained both shots to force a second overtime.”I just had to make (the foul shots) for the team,” Ciani said. “I knew that no matter what I did the team would be there for me, even if I missed.”

She didn’t miss and carried the momentum into overtime period No. 2.The two squads traded baskets in the opening two minutes of the period, but Glenwood’s defense tightened up late, only allowing a single free-throw point in the final two minutes.Ciani scored four of the Demons’ eight points in the period, with her final basket coming with 10 seconds left to seal the game at 54-51.”We’ve talked a lot about (Ciani) just being positive with herself,” Henderson said. “Tonight she really believed in herself.”Ciani finished with a game-high 20 points, while teammate Sharaya Selsor posted 16 before fouling out with a minute left in the second overtime. Erin Richardson led Fruita with 13 points. Teammates Sanja Moore and Niki Martsolf had 10 each.After suffering the disappointing loss Friday night to Faith Christian, the Demons notched their first win of the season over 4A Greeley Central Saturday morning.

With four players reaching double figures, Glenwood downed the Wildcats by a margin of 51-40.Emily Hauptli paced four Glenwood players in double figures with 13 points against Greeley Central. Selsor, Jacy Reynolds, and Ciani all had 10 points.The Demons built a comfortable 26-14 lead by halftime and were able to cruise through the second half.Brittani Knott and Abby Leichliter were the high scorers for Greeley Central with 10 points each.In Glenwood’s game against Faith Christian, the Eagles blew up a one-point game by outscoring the Demons 23-9 in the third quarter. Cristen Wall and Shannon Kirby led the Eagles with 14 and 11 points, respectively.Selsor had another solid game with 16 points and Ciani posted 10.Other scores: Fruita Monument 46, Greeley Central 15; Faith Christian 60, Fruita Monument 42; Faith Christian 58, Greeley Central 22.

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