Bulldogs lose first league game

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As the shot bounced off the bottom of the rim and the buzzer sounded, all of the Demons' arms shot into the air. So did all arms of the Glenwood fans.

With good reason.

The Demon girls basketball team beat Moffat County, 63-62, in an overtime thriller Friday night.

The Bulldogs (6-1 WSL, 14-2 overall) hadn't lost a Class 4A Western Slope League game for over a year and a half and currently hold a No. 2 RockyPreps ranking.

Glenwood's lone senior Sam Ciani, who scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the game, had more reason to celebrate than anyone. In her career at Glenwood, the Demons (6-2 WSL, 12-3 overall) had never defeated Moffat County.

"A record doesn't mean anything. A ranking does nothing because it doesn't define the heart, or the effort, or the character of a team," Ciani said. "I am playing with a bunch of girls that I wouldn't trade for the world. They just work so hard."

The Demons built up a commanding 43-27 lead halfway through the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs then showed why they are so tough to beat.

Angela Charchalis busted two 3-pointers in the third quarter to narrow the scoring gap. The game got closer and closer until the fourth quarter, when Ashleigh Mann tied it at 57 with a drive with 37 seconds to go.

Katrina Selsor attempted a last-minute 3, but it was no good and the game went into overtime.

Kelsie Hert got Glenwood's lead back with a putback, then Sharaya Selsor made it 61-57 with a steal and a layup. Katrina sank two free throws with 16 seconds left to put the Demons up, 63-62.

Mann made both of her free throws to make it 63-62 with 12 seconds left. Ciani then missed two free throws and, with eight seconds left, Charchalis raced down the court in a last-ditch attempt to regain the lead. She tossed up a hook-shot type layup that hit the underside of the rim as time ran out.

"I was so scared she was going to make that layup," Ciani said. "It was an amazing feeling, but it wouldn't have happened without those girls. Without Avery's (Denney) defense, Kelsie guarding the big girl (6-foot-5 Cayla Maneotis), the Selsors passing in and out."

The game was very similar to Glenwood's 43-41 loss earlier this season to Moffat, but this time, the end result favored the Demons.

"This is something we that we have worked for all year," said Sharaya, who finished the game with 29 points. "We went to their house and lost in the last six seconds and for us to get a huge lead and for them to come back little by little -- the same setting was scary.

"Pulling out the victory -- it's a great morale boost, and I hope we can take this into the rest of the season and into the postseason."

The Bulldogs, whose girls were in tears after the game, will look to get back on the winning track today at Rifle.

"It was kind of a reality check for us," Moffat County head coach Craig Mortesen said. "We haven't been beat in league in a long time, so now we know we can be beat."

The Bulldogs host Rifle at 4 p.m. today.

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