Demons shut down Huskies
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The boys’ game started well enough for the Battle Mountain Huskies, but it’s the ending that counts.
On its home court, Glenwood Springs (8-5 overall, 4-0 4A Western Slope League) downed the Huskies (0-10, 0-3) 80-53. The Demons had a slim four-point lead after the first quarter, 18-14, on a bucket by point guard Russell Collins at the buzzer, and carried that momentum on into the second.
Mitch Cooley opened the second period with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one, but Glenwood’s Kevin Flohr nailed a three of his own the next time down the floor to answer. Glenwood slowly spread the lead with stingy defense and went into the half up by 10, 35-25.
In the third, the Demons held Battle Mountain to eight points, their lowest point total for any quarter. While the defense was suffocating whatever the Huskies tried to do, the Demons were clicking on the offensive end. They put up 23 points in the quarter, many of them coming off of seven Husky turnovers.
Holding a 58-33 lead going into the fourth, Glenwood put 13 straight points on the board after missing their first shot of the period. Kevin Screen’s jumper with seven seconds left put the final score up on the board, an 80-53 win.
Cooley finished with 25 points to lead the Huskies and Edward Banegas and Miguel Copas had six points each.
Demon girls take care of Huskies, 71-23
The game started out 2-0 in favor of the Demons (9-2 overall, 4-0 4A Western Slope League) on Breanna Richardson’s putback of Lexie Warkentin’s missed jumper, and they soon found themselves ahead 24-3 at the end of the first quarter.
They put up a 14-point dash mid-way through the quarter, with eight points coming from Kenzie Kuhn. Kuhn and Warkentin finished the night with 21 points each to pace the Demons.
The girls had a 40-10 lead at the half, which could have easily been three points less. With less than five seconds on the clock, Kuhn received a pass that she didn’t cleanly handle in front of the Huskies’ bench. She scrambled to pick up the ball from between her legs, hoisted it toward the rim, and as the buzzer sounded the ball swished through the bottom of the net.
In the third, the Demons held the Huskies to just four points, both baskets coming from Kenia Olivas in the first two minutes after halftime. They wouldn’t see the ball go through the hoop for a long time after that.
Battle Mountain missed their last 12 shots to close out the third and missed their first five to open the fourth.
“You have to make shots to have any hope of winning,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmidt said. “Glenwood has a lot of talent and they’re very physical. We couldn’t force turnovers and Glenwood is really good at doing just that.”