Vail Valley preps: Demons take two from Devils
GYPSUM – Round 4, anyone?
“It could be. You never know,” Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Brian Derby said with a laugh. “That’s if we make it to the postseason.”
While Colorado is about two weeks from getting immersed in Bracketology 101, the third meeting of the year between the Demons and the Devils was a dandy with Glenwood Springs earning a 67-60 win over Eagle Valley Tuesday night in Gypsum.
Round 3 turned into a duel with Kenzie Kuhn for the Demons and the Zapata sisters for the Devils. Kuhn ended the evening with 31 points, while Brenda and Jazmine each had 19 points.
“Kenzie Kuhn is a phenomenal basketball player,” Devils coach Jamie Mayne said. “She can shoot. She’s smooth. She knows basketball. She’s a good player. I asked my guards to face-guard her tonight and we let her go off for five minutes and that was enough to lose the game.”
Eagle Valley led 32-30 at the half, serving notice that this meeting was going to be different than the previous Slope contest between the two teams- a 67-45 Demons’ win over the Devils who were missing Brenda Zapata with a knee injury.
Both teams went back and fourth until Kuhns dropped two big 3s late in the quarter to give Glenwood (5-4 in the Slope and 9-8 overall) some breathing room. Meanwhile, the Demons had to think they were seeing double Tuesday night.
Both Brenda and Jazmine shot the lights out in the first three quarters with the latter having three 3s in the third period alone.
“We know the two sisters are great shooters,” Derby said. “We didn’t get them the first three quarters, but the fourth quarter we finally decided what we were going to do. We slowed them down. You can’t stop those two. We slowed them down enough to help our team come out with the victory.”
While it wasn’t the result for which Eagle Valley (1-8, 9-9) was looking, Tuesday’s game hopefully serves as a turning point for the Devils.
“It’s good because tonight proves that we can play better than we’ve been playing,” Mayne said. “Most of our stuff we were doing was mental. Hopefully, we had a mental turnaround tonight, so we can come out and play with more confidence and get some Ws.”
Flohr paces Demons boys
If you’ve been watching high school basketball in Eagle County for a while, it really does seem that Glenwood Springs always seems to have a Flohr. The good news is that it’s not just you.
There really have been a bunch of them.
“There’s three of them in this family. Kevin has two older brothers, Sean and Mike,” Glenwood boys basketball coach Greg Hire said. “In all, they’ve had their uncles go through Glenwood. Their dad went through Glenwood.”
Junior Kevin Flohr dropped 34 points on Eagle Valley Tuesday night as the Demons used a 29-8 second quarter to run past the Devil, 75-53s.
“He was shooting well tonight,” Hire said matter-of-factly.
The two teams were tied at 16 after one when Glenwood went from a man-to-man defense to a zone. Meanwhile, Devils coach Pat Gabriel felt that his young team got a little too comfortable against the league-leading Demons (9-0 13-5).
“Obviously, there’s a threshold where the kids are, I think, surprised – and they shouldn’t be, Gabriel said. “They settle for something they shouldn’t settle. That’s what we’re trying to work through.”
Having success in the past helps here and that the Demons have in abundance, and it showed in the decisive second quarter. Flohr wen off for 15, including three treys. Michael McGraw, Russell Collins, Nick Ciani and Kelbey Artaz all chipped in during the onslaught.
“We’ve got a big old target on our back,” Hire said. “We’ve got to bring our A-game to every single game because everyone’s going to get up to get the top-team in the league.”
While this season has been frustrating in terms of wins and losses for Eagle Valley (0-9, 3-16), coach Gabriel sees a nucleus of young talent forming in his team.
“There’s a lot going on. It’s an interesting feeling,” Gabriel said. “We don’t feel beaten. We feel really challenged. I think they’re understanding what they have to do to be good, and I think they understand that challenge.”
Willie Magdzuik led Eagle Valley with 17 points, while both Zeth Ramsey and Sam Lounsberry each had eight.
Both Eagle Valley teams head to Rifle Thursday, while Glenwood hosts Battle Mountain Friday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
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