Indians upend Demons in opener |

Indians upend Demons in opener

GRAND JUNCTION – If the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team wants to continue its season, the players have some thinking to do, according to coach Deb Henderson.

“We’ve got to make a choice,” Henderson said after Thursday’s 53-33 first-round loss to Montrose in the Class 4A District 7 tournament at Mesa State College.

“We have to play with confidence or we play scared, and my team played scared tonight.”

The loss drops Glenwood (9-11 overall) to an elimination-bracket game against Palisade tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Fruita Monument High School. Palisade lost to Rifle in its tournament opener.

Sarah Klippert, Montrose’s senior post, turned a close game at halftime into a rout for the 13-8 Indians by scoring 19 of a game-high 22 points in the second half.

“The post got hot. They got some fast breaks and we didn’t play and did not show up,” said Henderson.

Klippert took control after Jeri Polowchena’s offensive putback and free throw moved the Demons within eight points of Montrose.

The Indian forward responded by scoring all three baskets in a 6-0 Montrose run that pushed the lead up to 32-18 before Keegan Nadon’s score 5 minutes into the third quarter.

It was as close as the Demons got to the Indians until deep in the fourth period, when the contest was essentially decided.

Offense was a problem for the Demons the entire game.

Glenwood shot 26 percent from the floor (13-of-49) and finished below 50 percent (5-of-12) from the free throw line.

In Glenwood’s best quarters as a team, it scored 10 points in both the second and third periods.

Both teams shot poorly in the first half. Free throws were the difference in Montrose gaining a nine-point lead at intermission.

The Indians were 7-of-12 from the line. Glenwood had only two free throws, making one.

Polowchena, Megan McKinnie and junior Marina Flores all scored six points to lead the Demons.

Montrose 55, Glenwood Springs 33

Glenwood Springs 5 10 10 8-33

Montrose 10 14 14 15 – 53

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Cassie Carlson 0 0-0 0, Megan McKinnie 3 0-0 6, Amanda Whiting 0 2-2 2, Keegan Nadon 2 1-2 5, Marina Flores 2 0-0 6, Amber Sutherland 1 1-5 3, Nakita Daniely 2 0-1 4, Juri Salvidrez 0 0-0 0, Courtney McCallum 0 0-0 0, Jeri Polowchena 3 1-2 6. Totals – 13 5-12 33.

MONTROSE – Jenny Nicholson 1 2-2 4, Whitney Nershi 1 0-0 3, Lauren Becker 1 0-0 2, Krista Herr 1 0-0 2, Amy Martinson 3 4-6 10, Jennifer Fellin 2 0-0 4, Katie Twehous 2 0-0 4, Anna Fleming 1 0-0 2, Kylee Whitener 0 0-0 0, Katie Craft 0 0-0 0, Sara Klippert 9 4-9 22, Sonya Lopez 0 0-0 0. Totals – 21 10-17 53.

3-Pointers – Flores 2; Nershi. Fouled Out – Daniely. Technicals – None.

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