Defense after halftime lifts Glenwood past Palisade
Rushed shots, forced shots and turnovers marred Palisade’s third quarter and left Bulldogs coach Danielle Bagwell wondering, “What the heck happened?” to the team that went toe to toe with Glenwood Springs in the first half.
Meanwhile, Demons coach Jacky Gaddis welcomed a second half that made up for an uninspired first half. That kept Glenwood Springs, the fourth-ranked team in Class 4A, undefeated with a 50-36 victory over Palisade in a 4A Western Slope League girls basketball game Tuesday.
Gaddis flashed a sense of humor about the first half, which ended with the Demons up 21-19 after trailing 17-15.
“A lot of teams seem to be able to do that,” she said, adding Glenwood’s offense tends to be the culprit. The Demons (18-0, 13-0) missed several easy shots as well as free throws.
“Offensively we just have to find a way to get things done,” Gaddis said. “We have to find a way at this point in the season where we convert a little more easily. We can’t just wait for the second half.”
Glenwood Springs’ defense was good in the first half but better in the second as the Demons kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard in the third quarter until 15 seconds remained.
The Demons scored on the first possession of the second half, a 3-pointer by Delaney Gaddis, and Palisade’s first three possessions produced a blocked shot and two 3-point attempts that weren’t close. After Hailey Armstrong drove the right baseline for a bucket and a 26-19 lead, Bagwell called timeout to calm down her players.
The Bulldogs passed the ball patiently for a minute on their ensuing possession before committing the first of five turnovers in the quarter.
“I think we came out and rushed a few outside shots early,” said Bagwell, adding her team is decent shooting from the perimeter. “We got a little uptight, nervous, I think. We had to play a pretty clean game to have a chance, we knew that, and we got a little uptight.”
Bagwell gave the Demons credit for their defense, especially switching to a different zone from the one they played in the teams’ first meeting. But she thought her team also gave Glenwood too much help.
“We know we’re better than that,” said Bagwell, whose squad dropped into a three-way tie for second place in the league at 8-4.
Gaddis thought each team was off, and she was grateful for the Demons’ best friend this season: the second half.
“Halftime is always a revitalizing time for us,” she said. “And they knew if we didn’t do it in the third quarter (Tuesday), it wasn’t going to get done.”
Glenwood got it done in the third, then erupted to start the fourth, scoring on six of its first nine possessions, stretching its lead to 44-23 with 4:55 left.
Palisade scored on four its final five possessions to make the final score a little closer, but the Demons capped the game with a layup at the buzzer by Laura McDermot.
Jordan DeCrow made four 3-pointers and led Glenwood Springs with 16 points, and Madi Spence added 13 points.
Cruz Maestas and Aspen Guray led the Bulldogs (11-7) with eight points apiece.
Glenwood Springs, which wrapped up the 4A WSL title last week, will close league play with a home game against Rifle on Friday, then it will host 4A’s second-ranked team, undefeated Mesa Ridge, Saturday.