Demon girls a big threat on offense
RIFLE – Standing at the top of the perimeter, Katrina Selsor slowly starts to backpedal. The Glenwood Springs’ point guard’s posture is perfect, reflecting her confidence as she retreats to defense.
This scene is frequent, one taking place after Selsor zips a perfect pass into the key and leaves the rest up to her trustworthy teammates like older sister Sharaya Selsor or 6-foot-1 post Kelsie Hert.On Tuesday night in the Demons’ 67-47 victory over the Bears in Rifle, Katrina’s passes sailed through Rifle’s defense, finding Demons who converted passes to assists 13 times.The passing was just one portion of Katrina’s top-notch performance as the junior, benefiting from her 5-foot-10 frame, grabbed 14 rebounds and scored 12 points. The totals gave her a triple double, the first of her prep career. The feat is so rare, it is hard to find anyone else that has done it in high school girls hoops. “I don’t think I have seen that on any of my teams,” said second-year Glenwood girls head coach Bryan Derby, who was an assistant for two years at Glenwood before taking the top position.Even current Coal Ridge girls head coach Rick Schmitz, who is in his 28th year of coaching and was in attendance at Tuesday’s game, hasn’t seen a female record numbers like Katrina’s.”I don’t think I have ever seen a girl do that,” he said. “That was amazing.”
Katrina gives all the credit to Hert and Sharaya, as well as the offenses Derby has the Demons running.”We’ve added a lot of offense and it is going really well,” she said. “We run the triangle. We have Kelsie who is our big post and then Sharaya.”With Katrina on top of the triangle able to find passing lanes to Hert and Sharaya, the trio accounted for 60 of Glenwood’s 67 points on Tuesday night. It’s a powerful trio, one that figures to cause fits for opposing teams. After all, there just aren’t enough players to double team all of them.The three also have a talented supporting cast, with Laura Young and Chelsea Vallario pounding the boards, Natasha Derby posing a threat from downtown and Avery Denney making plays with her all-out defensive hustle. Derby has confidence in every Demon he puts on the floor and makes sure they all have a hand in the action.”We try and get everybody involved in the offense,” he said. “Some are going to score more than others, but we have six offenses and we try and get everybody involved at least once.”The Demons, who are 7-2 overall, 1-0 in the Class 4A Western Slope League and ranked No. 6 according to RockyPreps, will need to use every weapon in their arsenal on Friday when they host the always-skilled Moffat County Bulldogs. Moffat is 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the WSL and brings a No. 9-RockyPreps ranking into the contest.
The game is the first of two match-ups between the teams and holds a high importance for the Demons.”It’s another big rivalry for us,” Katrina said.After dropping the first league game to Moffat last year, Glenwood pulled off a comeback in the second, edging the Bulldogs in a 63-62 overtime thriller at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium. The win was huge, as it was the first over WSL Champion Moffat in at least two years. On Friday, Glenwood will be looking for another big win that could factor into who takes home the league title.”We know that we have to get through them to get to into first,” Derby said.The game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys Moffat-Glenwood contest at 7:30 p.m. If Katrina can repeat her Jason Kidd-like efforts on Friday, the Demons figure to have a good shot.”The key for us is to be patient on offense. We can’t force a whole bunch of 3s, we have to pound it inside first,” Derby said. “Then we’ll just rely on our defense.”
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