Eagle Valley drops a pair to Glenwood | VailDaily.com

Eagle Valley drops a pair to Glenwood

Phil Sandoval

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Glenwood Springs girls’ basketball team’s formula for success is simple: Play aggressive, and keep shooting.The Demons did both in Saturday’s 59-46 victory against Eagle Valley, which raised their current winning streak to three games.Glenwood forced the Devils into 33 turnovers and hit on 21 of 70 shots to maintain with Rifle their share of second place in the Class 4A Western Slope League.”We’re not afraid to put the ball in any one (of our team members’) hands,” said Demons head coach Deb Henderson. “All we’re trying to do is find an open shot.”Glenwood had little problem locating an open shooter throughout the contest.Four of the Demons’ five starters scored in double figures.Sophomore guard Sharaya Selsor, who led the team with 15 points, allowed Glenwood to pull away in the second quarter with seven points in the period.Glenwood raised its lead to 29-15 just before the end of the half on successive baskets from Sam Ciani and Emily Hauptli.The big lead allowed Glenwood to play the remainder of the game in cruise control – along with giving the subs plenty of minutes in the second half. Eagle Valley guards Rachel Sandoval and Amanda Padilla led Eagle Valley with 12 and 11 points, respectively.Demons handle Eagle Valley boysComing out of the game with a 25-point first quarter, the Glenwood Springs Demons never gave Eagle Valley a chance to show their stuff and cruised to a 85-49 victory.The Demons’ Michael Flohr blistered the nets for 16 of his game-high 32 points in the period, opening up a 25-8 lead after connecting on back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute.Flohr cooled off, but the rest of the Demons picked up the slack, hitting 9 of 15 field goal attempts in the following eight minutes, rolling up a 46-18 lead at intermission.Minus the full-time use of their best player, John Gabriel, the Devils sputtered offensively, hitting a paltry 28 percent (seven of 25) of their shots in the first half. Gabriel originally wasn’t going to play due to a hip injury, aggravated at Friday’s home game with Rifle.But Glenwood’s large margin at the half forced Eagle Valley head coach Pat Gabriel’s hand, and he put his son in the contest.The move made the Devils look better. However, the majority of Eagle Valley’s 22 were scored against the Demons’ second unit, which entered the game en masse after Chris Benson raised Glenwood’s lead to 22 with 5 minutes, 13 seconds left in the third quarter.Gabriel, who finished with 12, netted the Devils’ last basket of a 6-0 run – the biggest output they had in the period’s waning 65 seconds.Given a minor scare, the Demons starters were rushed back in after the break. Four minutes later, Glenwood raised its lead back up to 75-47.Vail, Colorado

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