Warriors grab win from Demons
GRAND JUNCTION – It’s not much of a balm to soothe a 49-40 loss. But, Central High School girls basketball coach Matt Lindholm feels Glenwood Springs can play in the Class 5A Southwestern League.”Glenwood is a fine team that could play in our league,” Lindholm said. “We had to get physical, we had to rebound and we had to play defense. This was just like a league game tonight.”That could help the attitude of the Demons (6-2), who’ve dropped back-to-back outcomes to the SWL Warriors and fellow league member Montrose, when Western Slope League play starts after Christmas break.Rather than smooth play, the main feature of Wednesday’s nonleague contest was lots and lots of missed shots – from both teams.In the second half, where Central (6-3) hung onto a narrow 25-22 lead, the two squads hit a combined 14 of 48 field goal attempts, mustering just 42 points between them.The difference came down to free throws. Central’s ability to draw fouls out from an overaggressive Glenwood defense put the Warriors in the bonus by the end of the third quarter.Up 36-32 on baskets by guards Alaina Brennan and Amy Kame entering the fourth period, Central distanced itself by sinking 9 of 10 free throws in the final 2 minutes and 21 seconds for a nine-point win.Kame scored a game-best 20 points to lead all scorers. Brennan, who at times struggled with her shots, popped in 11. Sharaya Selsor and Kelsey Hert paced the Demons with 13 and 10 points, respectively.”We’re just not clicking on offense,” Lindholm said, about the Warriors lack of scoring punch. “We’re trying to get in the flow offensively. That’s something we’re striving to improve on. But, we can always play defense and rebound. That’s something we have to bring every night.”And Glenwood, which had won six of its last seven games prior to Wednesday’s game, found out how well Central has those aspects of their game figured out.From the second quarter on the Demons led twice, each time by one point. Central eradicated both of Glenwood’s leads on the following offensive possession.A Karen Hayter jumper overtook a momentary Demon advantage early in the second quarter. The junior’s bucket sparked a 6-0 run that pulled Central out to a 20-15 lead.In the third period Kaitlyn Grode drained her only field goal of the game – a 3-pointer – to go up 32-30 after a free throw by the Demons Sharaya Selsor after a Grode personal foul.
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