Prep Sports Roundup
PALISADE, Colorado ” The Glenwood Springs Demon boys came out of Palisade with a slim 54-50 win on Saturday. Palisade (0-10 overall, 0-2 4A Western Slope League) has yet to register a win this year, while the Demons improved to 6-5 overall, and 2-0 in league play.
Kevin Screen led Glenwood with 21 points, hitting a lot of key buckets throughout the game, Demons coach Greg Hire said. Kevin Flohr added nine points, and Dakota Stonehouse and Patrick Hailey each had seven.
The Demons opened the game a little flat, didn’t execute very well, and had a lot of fouls called on them, Hire said. Looking to change the pace, Glenwood switched to zone defense at halftime. They were able to get in the passing lanes and forced turnovers, but they couldn’t convert as many as they should have at the other end.
The boys head to Eagle Valley (2-9, 0-2) tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. start. The Demons beat them earlier this season and hope to have more intensity than the Palisade game, Hire said. His team had back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday, and that’s why Glenwood was off-key in Palisade.
PALISADE, Colorado ” Like the boys, the Demon girls faced a winless team at Palisade and won, 58-46. The Demons (7-2, 2-0) rode their defense to the win, and had fairly even scoring among the girls in the scorebook, Demons coach Bryan Derby said.
Palisade (0-10, 0-2) was up 16-15 after one quarter, but Glenwood’s defense held them to just six points in the second and put up 19 of their own. Owning a 34-24 lead to start the third, the Demons finished out the game scoring 24 points to Palisade’s 26.
Katrina Selsor led the way with 20 points, Tasha Derby added 12, Kenzie Kuhn had nine, and Breanna Richardson and Lexie Warkentin each had eight points.
Offensively, the team had a few breakdowns, but once the outside game started going that opened up the inside opportunities. Derby said his team has played smart ball after the holiday break; they’re moving the ball well and finding the open person.
One thing the girls need to work on is rebounding, Derby said. Because Glenwood’s a shorter team, they have to work harder at getting into position to box out, and Derby isn’t seeing that. They’ll be thinking about that for their matchup at 6 p.m. in Eagle Valley (3-7, 1-1) tomorrow.
The Demons won the first game in December on their home court, now they’ll have to make sure Eagle Valley doesn’t open with another 11-0 run. To get a good start the Demons will have to be patient and not force anything, Derby said.
PALISADE, DELTA, Colorado “The Rifle Bears girls basketball team traveled to Palisade and Delta over the weekend. In two sound wins, the Bears (7-3, 2-0) beat Palisade (0-10, 0-2) 65-35 and Delta (1-4, 0-2) 66-37.
The big thing each game was the girls’ defensive pressure that really bothered the opposing guards, Bears coach Stephanie Heald said. Their fullcourt press defense netted them the steals they needed to get 30 and 29-point wins.
In both games, the team was without senior leader Quincey Snyder, who had a diving accident, Heald said.
Up next for Rifle is a home game at 6 p.m. against Eagle Valley (3-7, 1-1) on Friday. To get their eighth win, the girls will have to clean up their offense by disciplining themselves and moving the ball, Heald said.
PALISADE, DELTA, Colorado ” The Rifle Bears boys beat Palisade (0-10, 0-2) 67-61 on Friday, and then fell to Delta (3-1, 1-0) 65-55 on Saturday.
Against Palisade, the Bears built an early lead, but found themselves down by five at halftime. They were trailing by 11 points in the third, but were able to come back thanks to their press and traps.
Rifle needs to work on rebounding. They tend to have a habit of turning to the basket and not creating any contact on the box outs, Bears coach Chris Lowther said.
In the loss to Delta, the score was tied at the half, but Delta put on a 10-point push that they were able to hold for the rest of the game. Rifle, again, didn’t rebound well and gave up too many second chance points on easy putbacks.
The Bears have just their second home game out in their first 10 on Friday, and hope to use the home crowd advantage. They tip off at 7:30 p.m. against Eagle Valley (2-9, 0-2) following the girls’ game.
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Glenwood Springs High School’s girls basketball team needed one last win to defend its conference title Saturday afternoon on the road at Battle Mountain.