Demons too much for Huskies
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs boys basketball coach Greg Hire gave his team a dose of what he called “motivational speaking” during halftime of the Demons’ game Tuesday in Eagle-Vail.
“He just emphasized intensity mostly. Coming out and running them off the court was our focus,” Demons junior Connor Riley said.
Whether it was motivational speaking or a discussion about intensity, it worked. The Demons ripped off a 24-8 run in the third quarter, turning a 31-22 halftime lead into 73-43 rout.
“We needed to pick up our defensive intensity,” Hire said. “We still weren’t doing that very well, but the kids weren’t reaching as opposed to sliding over and picking up the man when we got beat off the dribble. The boys were trying harder. I always believe that your offense will grow off your defense.”
The Demons’ Jason Witting got it going, followed by a 3 from Kevin Screen. After four points from the line, it was Riley with a 16-footer. Riley followed with seven of Glenwood’s next 11 on his way to a game-high 15 points. Demons big man Donnie Jennert finished the run with a slam.
For the Huskies (2-11 in the 4A Slope and 4-17 overall) it was a familiar pattern in their final home game of the season.
“I think we played about as well as we could play for the first half and then the first couple of minutes in the third quarter, and ran out of steam,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “We made some mistakes and some costly turnovers. The next thing you know, we’re down 15 and we’re out of the ball game.”
Ashlin Romero led the Huskies with 15 points.
Glenwood moved to 9-4 and 14-6 with the win and hosts Palisade Friday with the hope of hosting a first-round playoff game next week.
“Palisade’s a very good team, and they had us down for three quarters last time, and we had to rally in the fourth quarter to beat them down at their house,” Hire said. “We’re a young team. We just need to have the kids focused and have them play four quarters as opposed to one.”
Battle Mountain will try to end its season on high note at Steamboat Springs Friday.
“Steamboat’s going to win the league championship,” Tronsrue said. “Who knows? You never know. That’s why there are the Valpos and the Butlers who go out there and shock the world.”
Lady Demons roll
The Demons are rooting for the Devils.
Glenwood Springs girls basketball pulled into a first-place tie in the 4A Slope with Moffat County at 12-1 by dispatching Battle Mountain, 78-32.
Moffat County heads to Gypsum to take on Eagle Valley Friday, while the Demons host Palisade in the regular-season finales for both teams.
While Glenwood Springs will be collectively pulling for Eagle Valley, the Demons know they have their hands full with Palisade.
“Last year, they beat us in our last game,” said the Demons’ Katrina Selsor, referring to a 57-53 loss at Palisade a year ago. “Basically, we just want another win to be ready for the playoffs.”
The Demons (18-3) set up Friday’s drama by running out to a 45-9 lead at halftime against the Huskies before graciously calling it a night and putting in the bench.
While the usual suspects did their damage ” Katrina Selsor (19 points), Sharaya Selsor (18) and Kelsey Hert (15) ” the Demons got contributions from up and down the roster.
“I think we’re pretty well-rounded right now,” Demons coach Brian Derby said. “At the beginning of the season, we relied on three girls. Now the whole team is stepping up, doing a good job, getting rebounds, defense. They’re all stepping up, doing their jobs.”
Battle Mountain (1-12, 3-18) was led by 11 points from freshman Kenia Olivas. The Huskies feel they have a shot at their second league win Friday at Steamboat (2-11, 3-16).
“That was the locker-room talk tonight,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “We’ve got to be ready to play Steamboat. They always shoot lights out at their place. We’ve got to be ready to ‘D’ them up. We showed some signs of it this game. We’re looking forward to trying to get a win.”
If both Glenwood and Moffat County finish the season at 13-1, the league title goes to the tiebreakers. The Demons and Bulldogs split the season series. They will have common results against league teams. They have no common nonconference foes. So, it likely goes to a coin flip.
“Tails,” Katrina Selsor joked Tuesday.
Ironically, Moffat County’s Angie Charchalis picked “heads” here Saturday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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