Vail Valley preps: Demons take two from Devils
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Letting Eagle Valley linger within striking distance cost the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team dearly in their last meeting.
Back on Dec. 12, a last-second shot by Emily Kingston lifted the Devils to a 51-49 win over Glenwood in the Demon Invitational.
On Tuesday, the Demons took no chances.
Getting 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists from guard Kenzie Kuhn, Glenwood cruised to a 67-45 win over visiting Eagle Valley.
“Much better,” Kuhn said. “We were just a whole different team tonight.”
After playing to a 33-25 halftime lead, the Demons blew the game wide open by outscoring the Devils 17-10 in both the third and fourth quarters.
“We did the fundamentally sound stuff we’re supposed to do,” Glenwood head coach Bryan Derby said. “You know, if they can do that, they can win any game. It’s just a matter of if they can put it together for four quarters.”
Lexie Warkentin had nine points and nine rebounds for the Demons, now 6-5 overall and 2-1 in the 4A Slope. Connor Adams contributed six points and McKenzie Nelson-Buehler had five as Glenwood shot 52 percent (27-for-52) from the floor.
Kingston had 14 points to lead Eagle Valley, which lost starting guard Brenda Zapata to injury in a Saturday game at Steamboat Springs.
Kayla Gagnon had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Devils (7-4 overall, 0-3 in league). Jazmine Zapata and Jamie Bair netted eight points apiece. Bair also pulled down eight boards.
In the end, Eagle Valley just couldn’t overcome Kuhn’s hot hand.
“She’s a great player,” Kingston said. “I did summer basketball with her two years ago. She’s awesome. She’s a good person and it shows a lot in her basketball.”
“(Kenzie) was just unconscious tonight,” Derby said. “We have to let her loose. I bet she had 10 assists, too. (sic) Her overall game tonight was huge for all of us.”
Defense lifts Glenwood boys
With its pressure defense creating offense in the form of layups and easy baskets, Glenwood Springs’ boys stormed to a 71-44 win over Eagle Valley on Tuesday.
Kevin Flohr poured in 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting to pace the Demons, now 3-0 in the Slope and 7-5 overall. Willy Pelland added nine points.
“It was a very good game,” Glenwood head coach Greg Hire said. “I thought the boys really set the tone defensively. They applied a lot of pressure and did a very nice job of that. They got a lot of turnovers.”
Hire’s Demons put the game away early, taking a 21-7 lead into the second quarter and never looking back.
“Our defense is always great,” Flohr said. “We get a lot of scores off that, a lot of transition points. That helped us.”
Nate Barker scored 17 points to lead Eagle Valley, now 3-9 overall and 0-3 in league. Troy Harris chipped in with eight points and Zeth Ramsay had six.
Eagle Valley returns home Friday for Rifle. The girls play at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.
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