KMTS BASKETBALL: Glenwood Teams Go to 6-0 with Summit Sweep

FRISCO (1/22/15) — The script going to Summit County was the same as it has been for the Glenwood boys and girls basketball teams and the outcome left them both still undefeated in league play, but the paths taken varied for the Demon squads.

Coming off a superb defensive effort in their 51-19 win at Steamboat, five days before, coach Jackie Gaddis’s Lady Demons continued to clamp down on the opposition, limiting the Tigers to single-digit scoring in all four quarters and 10 baskets in 52 attempts, cruising to a 40-point win, 65-25.

For boys coach Cory Hitchcock, the strategy that held the Sailors’ high-scoring Robi Powers to one basket in the final three quarters of a 45-38 defensive gem, was in place against the Tigers’ sharp-shooting Thomas DeBonville. Then it was discovered that an ankle injury against Palisade would sideline the Summit gunslinger.

“I think we relaxed a little on defense, knowing he was out,” Hitchcock said, and Summit took advantage, hitting 9-of-12 first-quarter shots to lead by seven with seconds to go before Jake Gentry’s flash to the basket trimmed the lead to 21-16.

The Demons, sparked by Cam Horning and Will Gray, responded with a 22-5 second quarter on the way to a season-high 72-52 win.

GLENWOOD GIRLS 65, SUMMIT 25

Despite a fast start from Jordan DeCrow and Hailey Armstrong, the Lady Tigers put up some first-quarter resistance, trailing just 14-8 after one period. But with Armstrong adding 9 in the second, on her way to a career-high 23, Glenwood blitzed Summit 17-4, and led 31-12 at halftime.

DeCrow continued her hot hand, adding 6 more in a 17-6 third period, as the Demon defenders, switching to a smothering man-to-man, restricted the Tigers to a woeful 3-of-22 shooting in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

DeCrow finished with 15 points and 7 assists, with Madi Spence also scoring 15 and adding 17 rebounds (her 11th double-double in 12 games), 5 steals, 4 assists, and 3 blocks. Megan Uren chipped in 8 points, with Bella Diaz and Makena Warren combining for 11 assists. The Demons were 27 for 52 from the floor, minus a poor 1-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Glenwood (10-2, 6-0), which has now won 20 consecutive Western Slope League games, remains tied with Palisade for first, but won’t face the Bulldogs until February. The Lady Demons host Delta on Saturday.

GLENWOOD BOYS 72, SUMMIT 52

Once the Demon defenders adjusted their play, they held Summit to two baskets by 6-4 Zach Johnson in the second quarter and a feed from Gentry to Gray, followed by Brian Burbidge’s 3-pointer ignited an 8-0 stretch that put Glenwood ahead for the first time since a game-opening layup by Evrett marr.

Summit closed to 27-25 when Johnson hit his second basket with 4:22 to go in the half, but the Tigers would manage just a free throw the rest of the way as Glenwood closed with an 11-1 run for a 38-26 halftime lead.

Gray contributed 6 points en route to a career-best 15 as Glenwood extended the lead to 15 going into the final quarter. Horning led the Demons with 16, sitting out most of the fourth quarter as reserves Luke Patch, Cauy Vander Mark and Danny Bernal (who nailed a 3-pointer in the third quarter) made the most of extended time on the court. Patch scored 6 points in the fourth period on passes from Vander Mark (who also scored on a smooth drive to the hole) and AJ Crowley.

Burbidge tallied 13 and Zack Peterson matched Gray’s 8 boards for the Demons (9-3, 6-0) who remain on top of the WSL and host Delta on Saturday.

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