Prep basketball: Demons roll past Panthers
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Glenwood Springs High School girls basketball team broke out of the starting blocks quickly on Saturday afternoon, racing to a 20-point first quarter advantage and never looking back en route to a convincing 75-55 win over the visiting Delta Panthers at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
Glenwood’s twin towers of seniors Hailey Armstrong and Madi Spence controlled the area near the basket on the offensive and defensive end for much of the game, and fellow senior Jordan DeCrow made the perimeter her home. She netted four 3-pointers to lead the team in scoring with 18 points.
It was DeCrow, along with junior point guard Megan Uren and senior Bella Diaz, who orchestrated the offensive ball movement for the Demons. They found open teammates at will, most often at the end of fast-break opportunities.
When junior guard Makena Warren lofted a long baseline jumper to close out the first stanza, and DeCrow dished a nice bounce pass to Diaz early in the second quarter, the score was 29-9 in favor of Glenwood. The only doubt in the minds of the matinee crowd by that point was what the final margin of victory would be.
Another bright spot for the Demons was the appearance on the court of senior forward Jaime Crowley, who had been sidelined since before Christmas with a stress fracture in her leg. Crowley contributed with five points and three rebounds but was happiest with just getting back in action after the long recovery period.
“It was so exciting to be out there,” Crowley said. “It feels great to be back, but I’m a little tired.”
The Delta girls, who were led in scoring by Mykayla Music and Emily Baier — both with eight points — had several good scoring opportunities in the painted area early on in the game but failed to convert on a good number of their attempts. When the Panther shots were errant, most often it was Spence or Armstrong there to snare the rebound.
Promising Demon freshman post player Tatum Peterson got into the scoring act with a jump hook to make the score 50-31, and the substitutes took over full duty at the 5-minute mark of the fourth quarter as Glenwood improved its league leading record to 11-2 overall and 7-0 in the Class 4A Western Slope League.
Demon coach Jacky Gaddis was happy with her team and their effort. Gaddis, a veteran of eight head coaching seasons at Roaring Fork and Glenwood, knows that the level of play her team exhibited against Delta is what has come to be a standard for Glenwood basketball.
“The way we played today is an expectation,” Gaddis said. “Glenwood has a great tradition of basketball. This is what it takes every single game. These kids feed off each other in a positive way.”
Along with DeCrow’s 18 points, the balanced Demon attack also featured Spence with 16 points and nine rebounds, Uren with 11 points, and Armstrong, Warren and Diaz all contributing seven points. Armstrong also pulled down nine rebounds.
Boys: Glenwood Springs 61, Delta 45
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Senior guard Brian Burbidge pumped in 11 first-half points, including a pair of long 3-pointers, and junior guard Cameron Horning took control of the floor in the second half as the Glenwood boys notched a win over league-foe Delta.
Horning, continually driving the lane and finding open Demons, staked his team to a 42-27 lead with 2:04 left in the third quarter after finding postman Will Gray underneath the basket for an easy layin. The Glenwood lead was never threatened after that.
Burbidge led coach Cory Hitchcock’s Demons (10-3, 7-0 league) with 12 points. Senior Zack Peterson had a nice all-around game with 11 points and six rebounds. Horning, Matt Osier, and Gray all scored seven points.
The Glenwood boys and girls are back on the home court Tuesday, January 27 as they will face off with the Summit Tigers.
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