Spence’s clutch shot clips Eagles

Jon Mitchell
Glenwood Springs High School senior Madi Spence takes a shot over the head of Faith Christian's Hristina Geraskova in the final seconds of Friday night's game at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium. Spence made the shot with 6 seconds remaining to help give the Demons a 44-43 victory.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Madi Spence had never been put in a spot where she was asked to take the game-winning shot before. Needless to say, she took to that pressure-packed role just fine, thank you.

Spence hit the go-ahead basket with 6 seconds remaining in the game, and Glenwood Springs High School’s girls basketball team recovered from a turnover-plagued fourth quarter for a 44-43 victory over Faith Christian on the first day of the Demon Invitational tournament at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium on Friday night.

“Yeah, it’s the first time I’ve been in a spot where someone has told me, ‘Alright, we’re putting this on your shoulders. Go out there and hit that,’” Spence said with a smile. “So yeah, I got goosebumps. But if my coach has that much faith in me, I want to carry that out and come through.”

And come through she did, helping the Demons (4-0) remain unbeaten while putting them in position to win the title of the round-robin tournament for the second consecutive season. The Demons will have a quick turnaround when tournament play continues this morning, tipping off with Pueblo West at 8:30 a.m. today before coming back to play Montrose at 6:30 p.m.

Jordan DeCrow finished with a game-high 13 points — all of them coming in the second half — and Spence added 10 for the Demons, who trailed by five with less than two minutes remaining. It could have been much worse, but Faith Christian wasn’t able to convert even though Glenwood committed four turnovers in five possessions after the Eagles (3-2) went up by two with 4:29 remaining in the fourth quarter.

“We definitely tried to give them a gift,” DeCrow said. “They were pressuring the guards a lot, and we were forcing a lot of passes. But we did a good job of containing ourselves and making better passes when we needed to at the end of the game.”

Carsen Cambier finished with 12 points, and Makena Long added 10 for Faith Christian, who trailed by as many as 13-2 in the first quarter. The eagles, however, put together a 16-4 run after that to take a 20-17 lead after Cambier’s three-point play with 1:54 left before halftime. Glenwood responded, though, with a layup from Bella Diaz and a putback from Spence to go up 21-20 before a fast-break layup from Amanda Lopez with five seconds left gave Faith a 22-21 halftime lead.

DeCrow started to hit her shots in the third quarter, nailing back-to-back 3s for a 34-31 Glenwood lead before a 3 from Maddy Morrison as the buzzer sounded put the Eagles back up 34-33 headed into the fourth. Then after DeCrow’s third 3 of the game tied it at 38-all, Long hit a pair of foul shots with 2:29 remaining for a 40-38 Faith Christian cushion.

That’s when the turnovers happened for Glenwood, which compensated with its stellar interior defense that forced Faith Christian into an 0-for-5 shooting slump over the next 2:27. Finally, however, Cambier’s three-point play at the 1:33 mark gave the Eagles a 43-38 lead.

Spence broke Glenwood’s offensive skid with a jumper from 10 feet with 1:17 left and, after a Glenwood defensive stop, DeCrow’s jumper with 49.3 seconds left pulled the Demons within 43-42. Long got a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity but missed the front end of it, and Glenwood called a timeout after Makena Warren pulled down the rebound.

After the timeout, the ball was thrown down low to Spence, who pivoted, faded back and hit the go-ahead jumper.

And after a timeout by the Eagles, Spence grabbed Faith Christian’s inbounded pass for the Demons, who ran out the remainder of the clock.

BOYS: Faith Christian 61, Glenwood Springs 44

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Spencer Bazz finished with a team-high 15 points to pace a balanced scoring attack for the Eagles, who had several small scoring runs to keep their distance throughout the game on their way to handing the Demons (3-1) their first loss of the season.

Grand Harkness finished with 14 points and Gabriel Hegarty added 13 for Faith Christian (3-1), which used an 8-0 run at the end of the second quarter to take a 32-21 halftime lead.

Glenwood managed to cut its deficit from 17 points back to 11 by the end of the third quarter, but Faith kept its distance in the final stanza.

Junior guard Cameron Horning finished with a game-high 16 points with three 3-pointers to go with a 10-point performance from senior post player Zack Peterson.

Glenwood continues tournament play against Pueblo West at 10 a.m. today, then finishes with a game against Montrose at 8 tonight.

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