Glenwood girls open season with win |

Glenwood girls open season with win

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Star power, in the form of players like Sharaya and Katrina Selsor, is something the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team has been blessed with in recent years. It’s a different story with this season’s squad, which is filled with young players looking to make names for themselves.

Well, the 2009-10 Demons took a mighty stride in that direction on Tuesday, opening the season with a 63-19 win over visiting Summit.

Junior Kenzie Kuhn poured in 18 points and senior Sarah Treese scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting as Glenwood relied on its speed and teamwork to run past the Tigers.

“We don’t have that one star player this year to go to, so we’re going to rely on all five of ’em to pick it up at different times,” Demons coach Bryan Derby said. “We came out and ran everything we were supposed to right. To score 63 points, that’s good. [Summit was] a tall ballclub.”

Applying a heavy dose of the press in the first quarter, the Demons quickly built a big lead.

After Summit’s Julie Oberriter dropped in the game’s first bucket at the 7 minute, 21 second mark, Glenwood erupted for 19 unanswered points.

The Tigers didn’t score again until a Davia Carr field goal with 1:45 left in the frame.

Treese scored 10 first-quarter points for the Demons. Lexie Warkentin and Kuhn chipped in with six as Glenwood took a 26-5 lead into the second quarter.

Kuhn struck for nine points in the second quarter as the Demons’ advantage swelled to 39-9 by halftime.

Turnovers cost Summit in a big way as its deficit continued to grow in the second half. The Tigers coughed up 20 giveaways in the first half and 33 for the game.

Glenwood sophomore Cassidy Gaddis caused her fair share of those turnovers, finishing with a team-high five steals. Kuhn was close behind with four.

The guards were also catalysts in the passing game, routinely finding teammates for open buckets. Gaddis led all Demons with eight assists, while Kuhn finished with five helpers.

“Every single day, we pass,” Gaddis said. “That’s the most important part. We do it before we start shooting. You’re not going to get the ball unless you pass it.”

“We’ve taught them to find the gaps and to know where the defense isn’t,” Derby said. “They did that really well tonight. They found the girls that were wide open. Our point guards did a good job.”

Hannah McDermott chipped in nine points for the 1-0 Demons, while Lexie Warkentin and McKenzie Nelson-Buehler added six apiece. Warkentin led the team in rebounds with eight.

Oberriter led Summit with seven points. Chloe Webber and Davia Carr each had four for the Tigers, who suited up only seven varsity players.

“Glenwood’s a good team,” Summit coach Rachel Dunaway said. “Glenwood’s a very good team. They’re very disciplined and we got outplayed.”

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