Horning’s hot shooting leads Demons to big win
Cam Horning simply couldn’t miss Thursday on the road against Centauri.
The Glenwood senior guard finished with a team-leading 34 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 5-for-5 from beyond the three-point line as the Demons picked up a big season-opening win over the host Falcons, 64-54.
Horning, who was recently named one of the top 10 4A players to watch in the state by Colorado Preps, certainly lived up to the hype against the Falcons as he filled the stats sheet. Along with his 34 points, Horning ripped down eight rebounds and picked up four steals.
Behind Horning, the rest of the Demons starting five came out with great intensity and pressure in the first quarter, which allowed Horning to let the game come to him.
“Cam was real smooth tonight,” Demons head coach Cory Hitchcock said. “When I was watching the game I didn’t think he had 34 [points] to be honest. I thought he did a good job of letting the game come to him and taking the shots that he had to take. He didn’t force anything and played great team basketball by getting his teammates involved early on. I’m just very proud of him; he’s worked so hard since his freshman year. He’s risen up to the challenge. This was a statement game for him.”
As a team, the Demons shot 86 percent from the floor, including 77 percent from the line. With just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, Glenwood held a 19-point lead over the Falcons before Centauri was able to close the gap.
While the Demons defense clamped down, the offense simply couldn’t miss, highlighted by team shooting 86 percent from the floor.
“In my six years as the head coach here, I’ve never seen that,” Hitchcock said. “It was pretty special to be a part of and has us really excited for what’s to come the rest of the season. If we can shoot like that and play defense as well as we did tonight, we’ll set ourselves up to do well.”
Jake Townsley added eight points, and Mason Yellico poured in seven points for the Demons, who will take on Ignacio, Friday, at 5:30 p.m.
Demons drop first game under Moser
It might not have gone the way she drew it up for her coaching debut, but the young Demons girls basketball team fell to the Ignacio Bobcats 45-24 on Thursday, in head coach Rhonda Moser’s debut.
Senior guard Megan Uren poured in six points for the Demons, while sophomore forward Tatum Peterson led Glenwood with eight points in the loss. Sophomore guard Maddie Bolitho added six points.
The Demons look to bounce back against Rye on Friday, with tip-off scheduled for 4 p.m.
Titans pull away from Delta in Morgan’s first win at helm
On their third head coach in four years, the seniors of the Coal Ridge girls basketball team made sure that new head coach Clyde Morgan’s tenure got off on the right track.
Behind seven points from sophomore forward Alexys Holder and six points each from senior guard Jenny Call and sophomore guard Santana Martinez, the Titans were able to pull away from the Delta Panthers for a 37-26 win, Thursday, on the road.
“The win feels awesome,” Morgan said. “A lot of the credit and work goes towards the girls. These seniors are on their third head coach in four years, so it’s been tough on them with all of the changes, but they responded really, really well tonight. Fortunately, we were able to pickup the win.”
Titans come up short late against Delta
Despite leading for much of the game, the Coal Ridge Titans boys basketball team came up short, late against the Delta Panthers, 55-51.
Senior guard Greyson Keener and junior guard Hunter Gerber each poured in 13 points to pace the Titans, who scored 29 points in the first half, before struggling to makes shots in the second half.
“Our team played hard,” Titans head coach Paul Harvey said. “But we need to play smarter. Tomorrow’s another game, and we’ll do our best to bounce back on the positive side.”
Along with Gerber and Keener, senior guard Dan Schouten added eight points, while senior guards Jake Solinger and Sawyer Snode added five points each.
The Titans will tip off against Cedaredge at Delta High School, starting at 4:30 p.m.
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Area prep basketball teams begin their 2019-20 campaigns with tournament action both home and away this weekend.