GLENWOOD SPRINGS (12/16/13) — Second-half defense keyed a pair of league wins over Summit as the Glenwood boys and girls teams remained undefeated, running their combined record to 11-0 to start the season and 2-0 in Western Slope games.
GLENWOOD GIRLS 64, EAGLE VALLEY 19
The girls ran into no resistance from a Summit team that won just one game last season, though the Tigers have doubled that output in the early going this year. Led by a trio of 3-pointers from Delaney Gaddis, Glenwood scored the first 14 points of the game and led 17-7 after one quarter. Summit’s offensive totals went down from there, scoring 5 in the second quarter to trail 30-12 at the half, and managing just 7 points in the second half.
In a promising development for the rest of the season, the Demon bench contributed 13 points, with Bella Diaz leading the way with 8. Gaddis stayed hot all game, winding up with a season-high 22 (one point off her best from last year), including 4-0f-5 3-pointers, 5 assists and 4 steals. Madi Spence continued to find the range inside, scoring 15 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.
In addition to holding Summit to a 7-of-48 shooting mark, Glenwood also held a decisive 40-18 rebounding edge with 9 from Hailey Armstrong (along with 4 assists) and 6 each by Jordan DeCrow and Laura McDermott.
The Summit boys, led by 10 points from Thomas DeBonville, nearly matched Glenwood’s intensity and up-tempo game for the first half, getting into double figures both quarters but Brian Burbidge and Jared Gambrel carried the load offensively when Cam Horning picked up two quick fouls to take an 18-10 first quarter lead. With the bench contributing 10 points, the Demons used a 21-point second quarter, making 13-of-24 shots to take a 39-25 advantage at intermission
After that, it was the defense and a steady dose of Zack Peterson making sure Summit (0-6)remained winless this season, while Glenwood improved its best start of the 21st Century to 6-0 (2-0 WSL).
The Demons’ aggressive man-to-man defense limited the Tigers to single digits in each of the third and fourth quarters, while teammates continually found Peterson flying in from the weak side for layups. The 6-6 junior scored a dozen second half points to go with a pair of blocks and steals and wound up leading all players with 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Burbidge and Horning each finished with 13 points and Gambrel added 12 for the Demons. DeBonville had 16 for Summit.
Both boys and girls teams will finish the 2013 portion of the schedule with a league game versus Steamboat Springs to be played at the Pepsi Center (home of the Nuggets) in Denver on Friday.