Turnovers haunt Central in loss to Glenwood Springs
Central gave, and Glenwood Springs took. It was about that simple in summing up the undefeated Demons’ 61-41 nonleague girls basketball win Tuesday.
The Warriors turned over the ball 21 times, and Glenwood’s ensuing possessions netted 22 points. Central managed only six points off Glenwood’s 17 turnovers, and its response to six of the Demons’ turnovers was to turn the ball back over to Glenwood (10-0).
That was giving enough, but the Warriors (3-10) also surrendered offensive rebounds that led to 10 more Glenwood points.
Central coach Mary Doane pointed to herself to explain the Warriors’ mistakes.
“We weren’t ready to play,” she said. “We were flat. I’ve got to do a better job getting them prepared, ready to go.”
Demons coach Jacky Gaddis said Central was more physical than she expected, but her players met the challenge and took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Warriors 20-9 for a 33-20 halftime lead. Central got no closer thereafter.
Gaddis also thought her team found ways to score to offset the defense Central’s D’Kota Brodie was playing on Madi Spence, who was limited to eight points, nearly eight below her average.
“We ended up throwing up some shots that went in, some good, some not so good,” Gaddis said with a smile.
Without seeing any game statistics, Gaddis didn’t think the Demons grabbed as many offensive boards as they usually do, but they got enough to make a difference.
“We don’t give up. We did a good job of that,” she said of her squad’s rebounding mentality. “We never give up.”
She also said it’s a sign of a good team when it can change defenses on a moment’s notice and play well, and the Demons did that, switching from man to 1-3-1 zone to 2-3 zone.
Doane gave Glenwood credit for forcing some of the turnovers with its zones and size on the perimeter.
“Their 2-3 zone, they cover a lot of ground. Their 1-3-1, they cover a lot of ground. They’re handsy. They get their hands in the passing lane,” she said.