The Glenwood Springs girls basketball team was the first team this season to successfully defend Moffat County's Brandie Telfer.
But as the Bulldogs' leading scorer was being double and sometimes triple-teamed Friday night, the rest of the team picked up the slack and defeated the Demons 55-43.
The Bulldogs and Demons traded leads throughout the game's lackluster first half and finished the first and third quarters with tied scores. But after three scoreless minutes in the fourth quarter, Moffat County seized a four-point lead and the game's momentum.
They didn't look back.
"The whole game was tight," Moffat County Coach Craig Mortensen said. "But they found a way to win."
Despite the Demon's oppressive defense, Telfer still managed to score 19 points to lead Moffat County in scoring -- but that's considerably lower than the 28.5 points she's been averaging this season.
Sophomore Jessica Ueker also had a big night. She scored 16 points, including a key three-pointer with four minutes left in the game that gave the Bulldogs the lead for good.
Nikita Daniely lead the Demons with 13 points, followed by Amber Sutherland, who scored nine.
Both teams had trouble putting the ball through the hoop in the first quarter. Players from each team went to the foul line often, but missed about half their free throws. Glenwood scored with two seconds remaining to end the quarter with a nine-point tie.
Telfer opened up the second quarter by sinking one of two free throws. Ueker made a layup to seize a three-point lead and then Glenwood missed four shots in a row. Glenwood again scored at the buzzer to trail Moffat County by two at the half.
The Demons came out of the locker room as if they were possessed, outscoring the Blue and White eight to two in the first three minutes of play. Mortensen called a time-out when senior Stephanie Brown was fouled, and Glenwood struggled to regain their momentum following the break.
Brown sank both her shots from the line, and Telfer closed out the quarter by draining a two and drawing a foul, which she made to again tie the game at 36 points each.
Daniely scored the final quarter's first points after two and a half minutes of play. Following a time-out, Ueker responded by tying the game with a basket. Mari Katherine Raftopoulos sank a foul shot and scored a breakaway layup to give the Bulldogs a three-point lead, which Ueker solidified with a three-pointer.
Erin Robinson fouled out with just more than three minutes remaining in the game, after contributing six points to the Bulldogs. On the next play, Sutherland fouled out and took a seat on the Demons' bench. Glenwood scored one more three-pointer, then was silent for the rest of the game.
Following the game, Mortensen was concerned that his team didn't shoot well from the low post and that their free throws were off. But, he said he was pleased with the team's defense and would like to see the team increase its outside game.
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