Salvidrez plays big in final home game |

Salvidrez plays big in final home game

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Glenwood's Sam Ciani (44) puts up a shot as Palisade's Kaitlyn Edmiston puts a hand up during Friday night's game. The Demons won, 61-48.

Yuri Salvidrez was not afraid to go into the paint Friday night, despite the fact that it’s an area for which the Demon senior is not particularly well-suited.But the 5-foot-4 Glenwood Springs point guard felt tussling with the big girls is what her team needed to earn a win over Palisade. Salvidrez’s decision turned out to be a good one.Worming her way inside, underneath and between larger bodies, Salvidrez collected a game-high 11 rebounds and managed to add seven assists to lead Glenwood to a 61-48 win in the final home game of her girls basketball career.

“Our post … needed help, and we were desperate for rebounds,” said Salvidrez. With Salvidrez collecting boards, Glenwood post Sam Ciani was able to concentrate on offense. Ciani responded by throwing in a game-high 21 points.A first quarter Salvidrez-to-Ciani conversion for a field goal sparked an 8-0 scoring run for a nine-point Glenwood lead. The burst effectively put the game on ice.The Demon cause was further aided by an abundance of free-throw opportunities created by Palisade’s tendency for drawing personal fouls.

Palisade was called for 26 fouls, and Glenwood hit on 18-of-29 shots from the free-throw line. The Demons built much of their 34-23 first-half lead from the charity stripe. In the game’s first 16 minutes of play, Glenwood went 13-of-23 from the line.Palisade, on a 6-0 scoring run, managed to get within nine points of the Demons midway in the third period before Glenwood responded to the Bulldogs’ charge with baskets from Emily Hauptli and Ciani to close out the quarter. “Palisade had the opportunity, then we took the time to take control,” Salvidrez said. “We had to maintain control and not give up because you never know what could happen.”

Ciani was one of three Demons starters who finished with double figures. Freshman guard Sharaya Selsor had 15 points. Hauptli ended with 10. Sarah Simms led Palisade with 14 points.Along with Salvidrez, senior Jaci Reynolds, who has been injured for the second half of the season, came into the contest briefly for the final hoops action of her prep career at Chavez-Spencer Gym.• The Demons finished out their regular season with three straight victories after posting a 64-48 victory at Delta Saturday. With the win Glenwood improves to 6-8 in league (10-12 overall) and will have to wait until this afternoon to find out if the mark is strong enough for the Class 4A playoffs.The Colorado High School Activities Association tournament selection committee is expected to release the 48-team tournament bracket today at 3 p.m.

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