Valiant efforts by Palisade boys, girls not enough against Glenwood

The Palisade High School boys basketball team was determined to knock off the Western Slope League leaders.

The effort was there, but the result was not Friday night at Palisade High School.

Glenwood Springs made 12 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to defeat Palisade 60-57.

“We worked our (butts) off all week long to prepare for them,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “I don’t know what the foul count was, but it was not very even and we’re a pretty good defensive team. We showed up and did our part. I’m proud of them.”

The Demons (14-5, 7-1 WSL) drew nearly twice as many fouls as Palisade, 21-11, and took advantage, making 16 of 26 free throws in the game. The Bulldogs had six foul shots.

“I told our boys they are good at home, but we’re good on the road,” Glenwood Springs coach Cory Hitchcock said. “If we come in here, compete and give ourselves a chance at the end of the game, we can walk away with a victory.

“We executed down the stretch and finished strong at the free-throw line. Palisade gave us everything they had. They played us tough on the defensive end.”

Palisade junior Kane Gunther led all scorers with 22 points, despite missing half of the second quarter with two fouls. Caleb Hall scored 14.

“We played great defense and our offense came along as well,” Gunther said. “We got in a lot of foul trouble, myself included, and that’s probably what got us, was the fouls late in the game.”

Kevin Flohr led the Demons with 16 points, but Palisade (8-11, 4-4 WSL) limited him to four field goals. Nick Ciani scored 12 and Willy Pelland had 11.

“We did a great job on Flohr,” Phillips said. “He’s the best player on the floor, there’s no doubt about that. We’re playing without our best player for four minutes in the first half with two cheap fouls. That’s not to take anything from Glenwood. To hold him to four field goals, we did our part defensively.”

Despite Palisade’s foul trouble, the Bulldogs were able to keep the Demons in check.

Glenwood Springs’ biggest lead was six in the first half and six early in the second half.

The teams traded the lead eight times in the second half.

It wasn’t until 1:49 left in the game when the Demons took the lead for good on a free throw by Willy Pelland.

After a Palisade turnover, the Bulldogs were forced to foul to stop the clock, but Glenwood hit 6 of 8 foul shots in the final minute and a half.


Palisade hung with the Demons, but could never catch them.

Glenwood Springs held off a the Bulldogs for a 52-43 Western Slope League victory at Palisade High School.

“I’m proud of our effort,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said. “We’re coming along and getting better.

“We turned the ball over a couple too many times and put them on the line and we can’t do that.”

Palisade had 13 turnovers and shot 29 percent from the floor.

Kenzie Kuhn led the Demons (15-3, 7-1 WSL) with 15 points. Cassidy Gaddis had 13 points.

Olevia Shafer led Palisade (7-12, 2-6 WSL) with 16 points. Kendra Barnes added 11.

Glenwood Springs went on a 13-0 run in the first quarter to build an 18-7 lead and never looked back.

Kuhn led the charge with a 3-pointer and a layup in the run.

Palisade, though, kept the Demons in sight staying within single digits the rest of the way.


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