Demon girls move up in state tourney
The mission moves on to the next step for the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team.
At Harrison High School in Colorado Springs, the Demons defeated the Longmont Trojans, 61-53 in a second-round, Class 4A state playoff game Saturday.
The victory advances the Demons to the next rung of the 4A state playoffs, which take place Friday at Mesa State College in Grand Junction where they will face 23-1 Harrison in a Tracy Hill Region semifinal contest. The time of Friday’s Demons-Panthers game was not available at press time.
Four Demons starters hit for double figures in the win. Sophomore guard Sharaya Selsor led all scorers with 19 points. Seniors Ashley Jenson and Emily Hauptli added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Sam Ciani, Glenwood’s junior post, also finished with 10 points.
The Demons held a five-point, 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and never trailed afterwards.
Longmont managed to trip the margin to 26-23 at halftime, only to trail by five once again after the third quarter. Three Trojans, led by Sophia Johnson’s 13 points, finished the game in double figures.
Playing the top-seeded team in the bracket is hard enough. Playing them in their own gym is even worse.
Those were the circumstances Rifle faced in its second-round girls state playoff game against Mullen Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs, with a 22-2 overall record against mostly Class 5A teams, were too much for the Bears to handle.
Mullen’s starting forwards, Kathleen Majewski and Meg Hurley scored a combined 31 points, and Jenna Erdle added 13 in the Mustangs’ 82-51 win against the Western Slope League Bears.
After taking a nine-point lead in the first quarter, Mullen rapidly sped away from Rifle, pulling out to a 64-38 advantage by the third period, where Rifle only scored six points to the host team’s 23.
Chelsea Webb, Megan McWilliams, Kristin Guettler and Katie Buchanan had nine each for Rifle.
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