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Demons girls power by Steamboat basketball in sloppy contest

Ben Ingersoll

— Both the Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs girls basketball teams still may be trying to get a firm grip on the basketball after how the Sailors’ and Demons’ game played out Saturday.

Pinning the 4A Western Slope League’s best team in Glenwood against a rebuilding Sailors team still scrapping for its first conference victory equaled more than 55 turnovers as a result. The Demons shrugged it off better — 32 points better — and downed the Sailors, 51-19.

"When you have, like, 25 turnovers against a team that’s not even pressing you, that’s not a positive sign," Glenwood coach Jacky Gaddis lamented afterward.

The Demons actually coughed up the ball to Steamboat 23 times on an afternoon when the Sailors rallied together an inspired defense and transition game against the hot-handed Western Slope queens.

Glenwood marched out to a 15-5 first-quarter lead that swelled to 25-7 by halftime. The Demons outscored the Sailors, 26-11, in the final 16 minutes to improve to 9-2 overall and remained perfect in the league at 5-0.

Gaddis said her team simply sets the highest expectations for itself, even if things try their best to unravel like they did in the turnover column Saturday.

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"We probably could have rolled over a little bit more but we have to have high expectations," Gaddis said. "Our kids are really good, high-quality athletes and they are good competitors."

Steamboat simply was looking to compete better than it did last week during a pair of debilitating losses at Palisade and Delta. The Sailors did just that, anchored by hustle plays out of players like Maddison Clock, Jenna Miller and Savannah Bauknecht. Clock, a senior, was especially active, forcing many of the Demons’ 23 turnovers herself.

But hustle plays or not, it would have taken much more to knock off the state tournament-minded Demons, even on an off night.

Madi Spence, who came into Saturday averaging nearly 16 points per game, led all scorers with 20 points. Spence also tacked on nine rebounds and a trio of assists.

Seniors Bella Diaz and Jordan DeCrow each netted nine points, and DeCrow had a game-high four assists. Hailey Armstrong pitched in six points and a game-high 13 rebounds for Glenwood.

For Steamboat, Bauknecht did most of her damage at the free-throw line in the second half, dropping in six points. Miller had six more for the Sailors, and Clock had four points and eight rebounds.

"From last week to this week, it has been so much better," Steamboat coach Mack Spitellie said. "The effort was there. We were a little slow and stagnant on offense, but our defense and our intensity was so much better than last week. I’m happy for them for that."

Next up, Glenwood heads to play a struggling Summit team Thursday for a 6 p.m. tipoff. The Sailors also will be on the road Tuesday at Battle Mountain, which also is winless in the Western Slope League. That game starts at 5:30 p.m.

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