Prep Roundup: Glenwood girls rip Rye; Glenwood boys win big
ALAMOSA — So much for first-game jitters. At least, that’s what Glenwood Springs High School’s girls basketball team can say.
Jordan Decrow finished with a game-high 17 points to go with a 16-point outing from Madi Spence, helping the Demons open the season with a 67-35 win over Rye at the Mountain Top Classic at Adams State University.
“That was one heck of a first quarter,” Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis said. “You could see where all of our early conditioning came in real handy.”
The Demons (1-0), who made it to the 4A state tournament’s Sweet 16 last season, opened the game with a 26-4 lead and never looked back.
Bella Diaz added 12 points for Glenwood, which saw all but one of its 12 players score.
Glenwood continues tournament play at 3:30 p.m. today against Ignacio.
Glenwood Springs 60, Hayden 13
ALAMOSA — Cameron Horning finished with 20 points and five steals and Dante Sparaco added seven points, five rebounds and five steals for the Demons (1-0), who benched all of their starters in the second half after building a 40-8 lead.
Will Gray added 10 rebounds and Mason Yellico chipped in eight points for Glenwood, which continues tournament play at 5 p.m. today against Ignacio, which was ranked No. 2 in CHSAA’s Class 3A preseason poll.
Rock Canyon 67, Coal Ridge 37
HIGHLANDS RANCH — Hunter Gerber finished with a team-high 17 points and Jake Solinger chipped in eight for the Titans (0-1) who played hard but weren’t able to keep up with the Class 5A Jaguars.
“Rock Canyon was talented and physical,’ Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey said. “They were a great test for us, but we battled, scrapped and competed for 32 minutes.”
Coal Ridge continues nonleague play against Paonia in Delta today.
Grand Valley falls in season opener at Eagle Valley
GYPSUM — Three Grand Valley wrestlers managed victories by pinfall to account for the Cardinals’ only points in their season-opening loss to the Devils.
J.T. Laytham (106 pounds) pinned Lexi Valdez in 2 minutes, 50 seconds, Miklo Atolinar beat Corban Funk by pin in 3:38 at 152 pounds, and Jonathan Downing won his 195-pound match with a pin of Gabriel Robinson at the 2:20 mark of the match.
“I was really proud of the effort they gave tonight,” first-year Grand Valley coach Ryan Frink said. “They wrestled hard and gave it their all, and that’s all I could ask of them.”
Grand Valley competes again Saturday at the Colorado Mesa University Duals in Grand Junction on Saturday.
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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.