Devils drop two to Demons
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” As the pungent aroma of polyurethane consumed Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium on Tuesday, everyone knew it was the last night for the 50-year-old sacred gym. The new gym, in its wood-finishing stages, was already starting to take over.
While most of the fans didn’t take too kindly to the smell, the Glenwood boys basketball team seemed to feed off of it. The Demons made some big plays and notched a 70-52 4A Western Slope League win over Eagle Valley.
Ten Glenwood players scored, with Dakota Stonehouse leading the charge with 15 points, Kevin Screen adding 12, Connor Riley scoring 10 and Adam Hawkins totaling nine.
“They are all coming around real well. A lot of the kids were more comfortable today, I don’t know if it was the fumes. They were feeling a little happy out there,” said Glenwood head coach Greg Hire with a laugh. “Everybody was shooting the ball good.”
The first half went back and forth until Glenwood finished it with a 29-24 lead thanks to a 3-pointer from Stonehouse.
Midway through the third quarter, Eagle Valley went on a 9-0 run, shrinking an 11-point Glenwood lead to two. The Demons regained composure, with a 3-pointer from Screen and two more from Hawkins to go up 56-43 going into the final quarter.
And again the Devils came out on a tear, eating away at the Demons’ lead with back-to-back 3s from Scott House and Cesar Castillo.
This time Dakota Stonehouse put an end to the run, with a breakaway layup and 3 of his own, the Demons took a 61-51 lead with 4:20 left. Every time Glenwood needed a big play, a Demon delivered. Even if it was a rebound or steal.
“Just anything gets us going,” Hawkins said. “Even passing ” like Kevin’s nice assists.”
As Eagle Valley’s 3-point attempts bounced off the rim on the next few possessions, the Devils never threatened again.
“Basketball is a game of runs, they’d make their runs and we’d stop them and then go on our runs,” Hire said. “We just stayed on the upside of those runs.”
Glenwood advanced to 6-4 in league and 11-6 overall with the win.
“Glenwood is a tough team. Good kids, a lot of athletes on the team,” said Eagle Valley head coach Pat Gabriel. “They beat us pretty good at our house and beat us pretty good at theirs.”
Eagle Valley fell to 4-6 and 5-11.
“They are a very good team,” Hire said of the Devils. “They beat Palisade last week and they’ve come along way since last time we played them.”
House finished with 17 points, while Castillo scored 12. The two combined for five 3-pointers, but there wasn’t as much success from downtown as the Devils are used to.
“We didn’t shoot from 3 as well as we have been the last couple of games,” Gabriel said. “I think the kids are a little discouraged by that.”
Lady Devils fall
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” In the second half, Jeannette Baker doubled Eagle Valley’s point total as a team from the first two quarters.
Despite the senior’s late-game scoring surge, it was too little too late as the Devils lost, 76-32, to Glenwood Springs on Tuesday night.
After falling down 35-10 at half, Baker and the Devils battled back to score 22 points in the second half. Baker finished with 18 points, 14 of which came in the final two periods.
Eagle Valley found itself it trouble right from the beginning and it started with Glenwood’s full-court defense. The Demons’ trap forced 16 Eagle Valley turnovers in the first half. A handful of those came from the pressure of Glenwood guard Sharaya Selsor.
“Sharaya Selsor’s pretty tough. She’s all over the place,” Eagle Valley head coach Ken Reagan said. “It’s tough, we are breaking in a freshman point guard, so we’ve got to get her on the same page.”
On offense, the Demons hit their first four 3-point attempts, all of which came in the first quarter. Selsor hit two, Avery Denney hit one and Natasha Derby sank another.
“They came out and played their hearts out,” said Glenwood Springs head coach Bryan Derby. “We are starting to get the feel of getting everybody scoring and taking the pressure off other people and it makes it easier for everybody.”
Baker lead the Devils in scoring, as Jackie Eberhard and Emily Kingston each scored four.
Glenwood moved to 9-1 in the 4A Slope with the win and 16-3 overall. Eagle Valley fell to 1-9 and 2-15 overall.
The Devils will play Rifle on Friday, then have a week off before taking on Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain.
“Hopefully we can pick up at least a couple and compete a little bit,” Reagan said. “At Rifle, we competed with them last time we played them, we were up by two in the second quarter. Hopefully, we can handle the pressure and the trap they have.”
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