Glenwood Springs sweeps Eagle Valley
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” One big mental lapse to open the game seemed to awaken the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team in a big way on Tuesday.
After surrendering an uncontested layup to Eagle Valley’s Brenda Zapata shortly after tipoff ” the Demons retreated to play defense on the wrong end of the court ” Glenwood rolled off 20 straight points, laying the foundation for a 60-33 win over the Devils.
So how did the game get off to such a strange start, exactly?
The opening tipoff went out of bounds off Glenwood and Eagle Valley inbounded from in front of the scorer’s bench. Zapata took notice of Glenwood’s defense, which happened to be defending its own basket, and cruised in for the easy layup on the other end.
“You know, I didn’t even notice,” Demons head coach Bryan Derby said with a grin. “My girls ran down there and I just started yelling to play defense.”
Glenwood laughed off the mishap and put the game away in rapid fashion.
Behind seven first-quarter points from Katrina Selsor, the Demons scored 23 of the game’s next 25 points to go up 23-4 at frame’s end.
Shifting into cruise control through the middle quarters, Glenwood nursed a 39-20 lead heading into the fourth, when it struck for 21 more points to polish off its 13th win of the 2008-09 season.
Freshman Lexie Warkentin scored 12 points and pulled seven rebounds to lead the Demons (13-3 overall, 8-1) and joined three teammates to reach double digits in the scorebook.
Kenzie Kuhn and Natasha Derby scored 11 points apiece and Katrina Selsor scored 10 to go along with six rebounds and four steals. Cassidy Gaddis and Breanna Richardson each chipped in with six points.
Once up by a comfortable margin, Warkentin said the aim shifted to fine-tuning the Demon offense.
“We’re just trying to run it right,” she said. “We were moving the ball around a lot, working on passing and stuff. We accomplished our team goal, to have an all-around big game.”
Jamie Bair paced Eagle Valley (6-10, 4-4) with 11 points. Kacey Bair added three points and 11 rebounds and Zapata finished with eight points.
Eagle Valley hosts Rifle on Friday.
Demon boys stymie Devils
Glenwood Springs’ boys scored 14 of the game’s first 16 points and never relented in a 69-32 win over Eagle Valley on Tuesday.
Kevin Screen caught fire from the floor, scoring a game-high 25 points and the Demon defense produced a stingy effort as Glenwood improved to 12-6 overall and to 8-1 in the Slope. Screen shot 10-of-14 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and had three steals.
The senior point guard’s been deadly with his jump shot this season. Given the offseason time he spent working on it, that’s no surprise.
“I worked on it probably two or three hours a day in the backyard,” Screen said, “just shooting with my brother.”
On the other end of the floor, junior Russell Collins did a number on speedy Eagle Valley guard Cesar Castillo, who managed just four points.
“Russell did a great job on Cesar Castillo,” Glenwood coach Greg Hire pointed out. “(Cesar’s) really a very talented kid. The last time we held him to five and the next night he went off on Rifle.”
As a team, the Demons didn’t give up much offense to the Devils, who mustered a double-digit point total in only the third quarter.
“We turned the ball over way too much,” Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel said.
The Devils also put Glenwood on the foul line too much, the coach lamented. The Demons were 18-of-25 at the charity stripe.
“You’re not going to win basketball games when half their points are from the line,” Gabriel said.
Kevin Flohr scored 11 points to complement Screen’s game-high total. Collins chipped in 10 points and Evan Wagstrom added six.
Zach Ramsay paced Eagle Valley (2-16, 0-9) with 10 points. Chris Brubeck added six.