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Broomfield ends Demons’ season

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

DENVER ” With Katrina Selsor at the free-throw line and his Glenwood Springs girls basketball team in a deep 22-5 hole, coach Bryan Derby had a message for his team.

“Keep fighting, ladies!” he yelled out.

Derby’s Demons did just that.

Although they were giving up size at virtually every position and facing a team that’s won back-to-back Class 4A state titles, those Demons kept fighting, hustling for loose balls and rebounds at every turn.

It didn’t do much for them on the scoreboard, though, as Broomfield dealt Glenwood a 78-40 defeat at Metro State College in Denver in Saturday’s Great Eight round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Overcoming the Eagles’ tremendous size advantage simply proved too much for the Demons to handle. Broomfield’s roster shows four girls measuring in at 6-foot or taller, including 6-foot-6-inch senior Anna Prins and 6-foot-1 frontcourt mate Chaundra Sewell.

Glenwood keyed on those two by running a zone defense much of the night, but that strategy turned out to be of the poison-picking variety. The Eagles countered by going 11-of-22 from three-point range.

“We did everything we could to shut that paint off,” Derby said. “The other night (in the Sweet 16) they beat Moffat in the paint. Tonight, we said that’s not going to happen to us. We’re going to make them shoot from the outside. They did that.”

Even Prins, an Iowa State University commit, flashed a little range, stepping back and nailing a pair of 3-pointers as part of her 12-point night. Her stat line also featured seven rebounds and four blocks.

Prins said she only recently added the 3-pointer to her arsenal.

“Before this year I never shot them,” she said. “I started this summer, because I knew at (Iowa) State I’d shoot some, so I was trying to prepare for next year also.”

Sophis Rhodes and Autumn Chase added three triples apiece as Broomfield rolled to a 43-22 lead by halftime and didn’t relent down the stretch. A 38-13 rebounding advantage in the Eagles’ favor helped do in the Demons.

But, even down by a huge margin in the second half, Glenwood scrapped on.

“I don’t think we ever gave up,” said Selsor, who led Glenwood with 17 points and is headed to Colorado State University-Pueblo in the fall. “That’s all I ever ask for, as one of the captains, is for us to never give up.”

The Demons ended the 2008-09 campaign with a 20-4 record, their third straight 20-win effort. They also won the 4A Western Slope League for the second straight season, winning it outright for the first time since 1997-98.

“We definitely had a great season,” Selsor said. “All these girls stepped up to the plate. We had to replace four of our starting five from last year, so I don’t know, they just filled those shoes perfectly. We bonded really well as a team.”

Sophomore Kenzie Kuhn scored seven points for the Demons on Saturday. Freshman Lexie Warkentin added five.

Renae Waters and Rhodes led the Eagles with 13 points apiece. Autumn Chase added 12 and Alex Biegner had nine.

Broomfield (26-0) moves on to face Northern League foe Fossil Ridge (21-5) in the Final Four Wednesday at the University of Colorado.

“This’ll be the third time around,” Eagles coach Mike Croell said. “You never like playing someone in league three times. … But it’s great to see the Northern League well-represented, I guess.”

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