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Vail Valley preps: Glenwood bounces Huskies

Jeff Caspersen
Vail, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Coming off a series of disappointing outings and a season-low nine-point effort against Delta last Saturday, Kevin Flohr wasn’t happy with the way he’d been playing of late.

“I’m just pretty disappointed in myself the last couple weeks,” he said. “I wanted to come out and make sure I put that behind me.”

Flohr did just that on Friday.

Nailing seven 3-pointers and finishing with 27 points, the senior marksman lifted the Demons to a 77-50 win over visiting Battle Mountain.

“Mr. Flohr put on a floor show. … He was on fire,” Huskies coach Tom Padilla said. “He couldn’t miss. We missed a couple of defensive assignments on him. We didn’t play well defensively.”

Said Glenwood Springs coach Cory Hitchcock: “I told Kevin, ‘You know, it’s going to come back to you. I told him this morning, ‘You’ve got the eye of the tiger today, and I think you’re going to come out ready to play.'”

Hitchcock’s entire roster came to play, building a 24-14 lead after a quarter, an advantage the Demons extended to 42-26 by halftime.

Glenwood shot at a 26-for-59 clip (44 percent) from the floor and knocked down 12 3-pointers.

Collin Porterfield came off the bench to score 13 points, hitting three triples along the way. Nick Ciani also reached double figures for the Demons, pouring in 10 points.

Kellin Casey, who knocked down a pair of 3s, finished with nine points and Willy Pelland scored eight for Glenwood, which improved to 16-5 overall and to 9-1 in the 4A Slope.

The Demons can secure their third consecutive league title with wins in their remaining two regular season games – a Tuesday home date with Moffat County and Friday trip to Eagle Valley.

“We really like where we’re at,” said Flohr, who’s averaging 25.6 points a game. “We’re just trying to finish out the season as league champions.”

Big man Cody Hervert led Battle Mountain (11-9 overall, 5-5 in the 4A WSL) with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Irving Ruacho chipped in with eight points.

The Huskies host rival Eagle Valley today at 2 p.m.

“It’s put on the tennis shoes and let’s go play,” Padilla said. “Whoever wins is the better team.”

Kenzies lift Demons to girls win

Glenwood’s Kenzies – Kenzie Kuhn and Kenzie Nelson-Buehler – combined for 30 points as the Demons scored a 66-38 win over Battle Mountain in Friday’s girls game.

Nelson-Buehler, a sophomore, finished with 16 points and Kuhn, a senior, chipped in with 14 as the Demons took a 32-12 halftime lead and never relented.

“Our biggest deal was we came out and we weren’t selfish tonight,” Glenwood Springs coach Bryan Derby said. “We found the open person. We made that extra pass. I’m real proud of the girls for doing that.”

Derby’s Demons had it going from beyond the arc, hitting nine 3-pointers. Four apiece came from Nelson-Buehler and Kuhn.

“They don’t miss shots,” Huskies coach Andrew Schmid said. “That’s the thing. We had it 10-8 in the first quarter and then they just couldn’t miss. I thought they moved the ball really well and, when they have a good shot, they don’t miss it.”

Kenia Olivas led Battle Mountain (1-19, 0-10) with 15 points. Katia Lopez finished with 12. The Huskies host rival Eagle Valley today at 12:30 p.m.

Glenwood improved to 18-3 overall and 9-1. The Demons host Moffat County in a clash of league elites on Tuesday.


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