GLENWOOD SPRINGS (12/18/12) — What were the odds of Glenwood making 3 of 4 three-point attempts in the last 70 seconds of a game when the Lady Demons had missed 16 of 19 until then? No matter; that’s exactly what happened as Delaney Gaddis nailed a pair of treys and Jordan DeCrow splashed in another to tie the score with ten seconds left in the fourth quarter at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium. After those desperate bombs fell, it was no contest as Glenwood outscored Roaring Fork 13-1 in overtime to win 59-47, giving the Demons a 6-1 record going into Christmas break.
GLENWOOD GIRLS 59, ROARING FORK 47 (OVERTIME)
Gaddis had made just 1-of-8 from long-distance for her only three points in the non-league game when she hit one to cut the score to 46-40. Following a timeout, Shaeley Lough missed two free throws, keeping the window of opportunity open for the Demons. DeCrow deflected a Ram pass to Madi Spence, then fed Gaddis for her second 3-pointer in 40 seconds, trimming the lead to three. Kenzie Nelson-Buehler forced another turnover as the Demon press — ineffective most of the game, finally paid dividends down the stretch. This time it was Gaddis feeding DeCrow whose tying shot — only her second bucket of the game — dropped into the net to force overtime.
Hailey Armstrong, who contributed 11 points off the bench, including five in the fourth quarter, gave Glenwood a 48-46 lead they’d never relinquish with a pair of free throws. Megan Gianinetti, who led all scorers with 22 and had seemed to ice the outcome with a 3-pointer in the fourth, made one-of-two from the line, but Nelson-Buehler’s three and a steal and layup from Gaddis quicked pushed the Glenwood advantage to 53-47. The two returning starters from last year’s 20-5 team that lost to Air Academy in the second round of the playoffs, combined for 11 of the Demons’ overtime points, making 5 of 6 shots.
Prior to OT, the Demons had missed 45 of 63 shots in regulation, and Roaring Fork had been near-perfect from the line, making 10-of-11 until the final seconds of the fourth quarter. But the Rams, now 2-3 (but 2-0 in 3A Western Slope play), had just two reserves on the bench, and Glenwood’s full-court press seemed to finally wear the visitors down, causing 5 of 8 fourth-quarter turnovers.
Nelson-Buehler led the Demons with 18 points and Gaddis had 13 with 7 assists. Spence added 7 points and 8 rebounds. Laura McDermott, while scoring just 4 points, still contributed with 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocked shots.
ROARING FORK BOYS 58, GLENWOOD 51
Trae Moxley’s 16 second-half points were just too much for a valient effort by the Glenwood boys to overcome in a game they tied four times but never led, before falling 58-51 to drop to 2-6 overall, heading into the break.
Grant Fegan hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 8 points coming off the bench in the second quarter to help fuel a 7-0 Glenwood run that tied the game 28-all at halftime. But the 6-5, 270-pound Moxley, who has signed to play football at Colorado State, got all the Demon big men into foul trouble and scored 8 straight points after Fegan’s shot had tied the game again at 30 early in the third quarter.
The Rams led 40-35 going into the fourth and extended the lead to 13 with just over two minutes to go before 5-9 freshman Cam Horning sparked a late comeback that included a three-pointer drawing the Demons within 7. But a flurry of treys missed the mark in the final 30 seconds and the Rams improved to 3-2 on the season.
Moxley finished with 11 rebounds and 21 points, despite going scoreless in the first quarter when Dakotah Grett’s back-to-back three-pointers in the last two minutes pushed a two-point Roaring Fork lead to 17-9 lead. Jack Fisher added 11 points and Grett tallied 10 for the Rams.
Fegan led the Demons with 12 points and Horning had 11, seven coming in the fourth quarter. Logan Holmberg, despite picking up his fourth foul in the third quarter defending Moxley, finished with 6 points and 7 rebounds. Chris Thomas had 8 points with 5 boards for Glenwood, which resumes play January 11 at Delta.