Devils boys set up showdowns
GYPSUM – Don’t look ahead.
Eagle Valley boys basketball passed that test Tuesday night. With a big week ahead – at Palisade Thursday and home for Delta Saturday – the Devils dispatched Glenwood, 50-37, in Gypsum.
“In our scheming and planning, we took into account what we wanted to do with our bench,” Devils coach Jim Bair said. “They contributed in a big way. Everyone was a part of this win. We did not look past Glenwood. We did what we needed to do.”
Eagle Valley (10-2 overall and 7-1 in the 4A Slope) overcame an early barrage of 3s from the Demons in the first quarter and slammed the door on any upset chances with a 13-2 run in the second period.
The Demons (4-10 and 3-6) rode the hot hands of Jared Gambrel and Grant Fegan to stay close early. They had nine of Glenwood’s 13 first-quarter points.
“We got them out of their press and their 2-3 (defense) by shooting them out of it,” Demons coach Cory Hitchcock said. “We just couldn’t sink a bucket. We shot 22 percent from the field, and it’s hard to win games that way. But I’m proud of the guys.”
Eagle Valley’s Ayren Hart and Travis Edgar answered. The latter had nine points in just the first quarter, as the Devils played to their advantage in the paint.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, as the Devils sliced up Glenwood’s defense. Eagle Valley’s Noah Ejnes had two consecutive layups. The Devils’ Juan Baca ended the half with a 3-ball.
Fegan led the Demons with 12 points, while Hart topped all scorers with 15.
Lady Demons win
GYPSUM – Slow down, you’re moving too fast. You’ve got to make the moment last.
Glenwood Springs girls basketball was definitely “Feeling Groovy” after a 49-33 win over Eagle Valley Tuesday night in Gypsum.
And it was all about being methodical in the second half.
“It’s one thing to be quick and another thing to be rushed,” Demons coach Jackie Gaddis said. “It’s something we’ve been working on for weeks.”
The Demons and Devils went up and down the court, trading baskets in the first half, with Glenwood Springs leading 26-22, after 16 minutes. The Demons’ defense clamped down with a particular eye toward the Devils’ Madeline Lounsberry, who had dropped 30 points on Glenwood in the first league meeting back in December.
“We had to know where she was,” Gaddis said. ” That’s why we spread out on defense. She’s obviously a good player and you don’t want to be on the receiving end of that. But you also have to watch (Mariel) Gutierrez. She can drive the lane like no one’s business.”
The visiting Demons (10-3 overall and 6-3 in the 4A Slope) outscored the Devils, 11-6, in the third quarter and pushed the lead beyond 10 points in the fourth.
The Devils (9-4, 6-2) started the second half promisingly enough with buckets from Taylor Martin and Lounsberry, but Glenwood took over.
The Demons’ Maddie Spence and Delaney Gaddis had back-to-back layups for a 34-26 lead with 1:52 to go in the third. Glenwood’s Laura McDermott pushed the advantage to 37-28 with a field goal of her own.
“The turnovers were puzzling because we haven’t turned over the ball over much,” Devils coach Sam Bartlett said. “To be so lackadaisical in our passing was frustrating for me and the team. It was the little things, boxing out. Glenwood crashed the boards really well.”
Delaney Gaddis and Kenzie Nelson-Buehler led the Demons with 13 points each. Lounsberry and Gutierrez each had nine for the Devils
Both Glenwood teams host Rifle Thursday, while Eagle Valley’s squads are at Palisade on the same day. And if you’re going to the Glenwood-Rifle games, bring a can of food, which will go to the Advocate Safehouse Project in Glenwood Springs.