PREP ROUNDUP: Demons sweep Tigers, Bears split with Devils
On the road for a big 4A Western Slope League matchup at Summit High School, the Glenwood Springs Lady Demons came out on top in dominating fashion, rolling to a 55-29 win over the Tigers.
Against Summit, Glenwood erupted for 17 first-quarter points to hold a 17-9 lead after one quarter of play as junior guard Maddie Bolitho hit two three-pointers and a layup to nearly match Summit’s team total in the quarter.
Along with Bolitho’s big first quarter, sophomore guard Ximena Gutierrez added four points to pace the Lady Demons.
Holding a 28-19 lead at the half, Glenwood came out in the second and put the clamps on Summit as the Lady Tigers scored just 10 points in the second half to Glenwood’s 27, allowing the Lady Demons to run away with the win in league play.
With the win, Glenwood improves to 9-11, 5-4 on the season. In the win, Bolitho finished with a career-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists while knocking down four three-pointers in the win. Junior forward Tatum Peterson added 10 points, five rebound and two blocks, while junior forward Dani DeCrow added seven points, two rebounds and two assists.
Glenwood will travel to Steamboat Springs Thursday night for a matchup with the Sailors.
GLENWOOD 47, SUMMIT 37
In a low-scoring defensive affair, the Glenwood Springs boys basketball team picked up a big 47-37 win on the road over the Summit Tigers to keep pace in the 4A WSL playoff race.
Against the Tigers, Glenwood would race out to a 28-16 halftime lead before holding off a late Summit rally to pick up the 10-point win.
Holding a 14-point lead in the second half, Glenwood would let Summit get as close as five points before pulling away to leave little doubt about the outcome despite being outscored 21-19 in the second half.
With the win, Glenwood improves to 11-9, 6-3 overall. In the win, junior guard AJ Crowley led the way with 11 points, while senior forward Carlos Nolasco-Montes and junior guard Aaron Smith added nine and eight points, respectively.
The Demons will travel to Steamboat on Thursday looking to sweep the season series with the Sailors. Back on Jan. 17 the Demons held on for a 39-38 win inside Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.
RIFLE 48, EAGLE VALLEY 26
On the road for a pivotal 4A WSL matchup with the Eagle Valley Lady Devils, the Rifle Lady Bears rolled to a 48-26 win to hold down the No. 1 spot in league standings.
Against the Lady Devils, Rifle junior guard Elly Walters had a night to remember, nearly pulling off the triple-double as she finished with 11 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to pace the Lady Bears on the night.
Along with Walters’ big night, senior forward Samantha Hinkle scored a team-high 14 points in the win, including six points in the opening quarter, while junior guard Jessie Pressler added 11 points on two three-pointers and two jumpers.
With the win, Rifle improves to 16-3, 8-1 overall on the season.
The Lady Bears will host Summit Thursday evening inside Jack Smith Gymnasium.
EAGLE VALLEY 61, RIFLE 48
Looking to finish off the season sweep of the Eagle Valley Devils, the Rifle Bears boys basketball team came up short Tuesday night on the road, falling by a score of 61-48 to drop its second straight league game to fall behind the rival Glenwood Springs Demons for second place in the 4A WSL standings.
Against Eagle Valley, Rifle fell behind 28-15 at the half as the Bears could muster just six points in the first quarter and nine points in the second quarter before finding some offense in the second half. But by that time it was too late as the Devils scored 39 second-half points to hold off the Rifle comeback attempt.
With the loss, Rifle falls to 8-11, 5-4 on the season. In the loss, senior forward Jacob Boone turned in a career performance, dropping 29 points for the Bears while hitting just one three-pointer.
Sophomore guard Carter Sturgeon added nine points on three three-pointers.
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It was a statement game featuring the two best boys basketball teams in the 4A Western Slope League on Saturday afternoon at the Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium in Glenwood Springs. And, just like in the old western shootouts, it was the Glenwood Demons who had spoken the loudest when all the dust had settled with a key 58-44 win over the Steamboat Springs Sailors.