Erie ends Glenwood Lady Demons 4A hoops playoff run, 86-54
An offensive barrage for Erie out of the gate Tuesday night put the Glenwood Springs High School girls basketball team in a 30-9 hole after the first quarter of play.
It proved too deep, as the No. 5 Tigers rolled to a 86-54 Sweet 16 win on their home court, halting a 15-game win streak for the No. 12 Lady Demons, who conclude their season at 21-4.
The regular season saw coach Rhonda Moser’s team run the table to win the Western Slope League title — the Demons’ first in six years.
“Tough loss, but a great season,” Moser said after the season-ending loss. “As I told the girls, when you get to this point in the season someone goes home with a loss, but it doesn’t take away from a really incredible season. I love these kids. They’re fighters.”
Glenwood entered the 48-team state playoffs as the No. 12 seed, earning a first-round bye before defeating Lewis-Palmer 42-29 last Friday.
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But the team met its match in a tough road battle against a talented, aggressive team that took advantage of several Demon turnovers as the game progressed.
Glenwood was down six, 15-9, before the Tigers (23-2) went on a 15-0 run to close out the opening 8-minute stanza. The Demons were down 55-23 at the half, but managed to outscore the Tigers 13-11 in the third followed by a 20-18 fourth quarter in favor of the Tigers to hold the margin.
“At this stage, you have to put four quarters together,” Moser said. “We got beat fair and square by a really good team.”
Senior Natalya Taylor led the Demons in scoring with 13 points, followed by fellow senior Michelle Marshall with 10.
It was the final game in a Demons jersey for six seniors, including Taylor, Marshall, Qwynn Massie, Hadley Yellico, Zeva Carruth and Kate Shanahan.
A trio of sophomores led the scoring for Erie, including Grace Moyers with 19, Deb Altshuler with 18 and Edie Morrow with 17.
Meanwhile, the No. 2 Glenwood Springs boys have a shot at extending their postseason run Wednesday when they host the No. 15 Green Mountain Rams at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium. Game time is 6 p.m.
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The teams aren’t vying to one up the other in the rankings or looking to get a leg up in the league standings this fall, but that will hardly make the stakes any less meaningful for Basalt and Glenwood Springs high schools when they meet on the football field Friday night.