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Team effort lifts Rifle girls

Phil Sandoval

Rick Schmitz was right when he said he wasnt going to single out any player on his team about Rifles 63-41 win over Glenwood Springs Tuesday.Im not going to pick out one of them, because we play as a team and win as a team. It takes contributions from everybody. the Bears head coach said.And, for Rifle (7-1 league, 14-2 overall), a team that emphasizes a balanced offense along with a pressure defense, the win at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium was especially pleasing. The loss dropped Glenwood to 3-5 in the WSL and 7-9 on the season.Three players, paced by freshman Chelsea Webbs team-high 12 points, finished in double figures. Kristin Neffendorf added 11 and Kendall Babler tossed in 10. Two other Bears starters Kristin Guettler and Montanah Matthies had nine.But, when it comes whos better between the two teams, the scales tip heavily toward Rifle. At least for now.For the second time this year, the Bears overwhelmed the Demons. The only difference Tuesdays final outcome was a bit smaller (22 points versus 30) than in Januarys contest in Rifle.But, by no stretch was this game all Bears.Glenwoods zone defense confused Rifle in the first quarter and kept the game tight until Webb, coming off the bench, hit three straight field goals.Her first bucket a short baseline jumper set up by Neffendorf, broke a 7-7 tie. In the last 1:34 of the period, Webb sank two more baskets for a 13-9 lead.Glenwood played real aggressive in the first quarter and were very active in that zone, Schmitz said. They caused us some problems, then we made some adjustments to create some more movement and space.The adjustments Rifle made took hold when Rifle outscored Glenwood 12-6 midway in the second period to pull out to an eight-point lead at intermission.Afterwards, the Demons offense diminished. Down 27-19 to start the second half, Glenwood scored only eight points in the third quarter and was behind by as many as 19 points.Sharaya Selsor was lone Demon who scored with any consistency. The freshman was Glenwoods only player in double figures, with 16 points. The next highest mark was sub Courtney Sutherlands seven points.Both teams have important league games on tap Friday. Rifle takes on Moffat County at home, with first place potentially on the line. The Demons travel to Steamboat.


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