Demon squads topple Crusaders |

Demon squads topple Crusaders

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Denver Christian head coach Becky Mudd threw all sorts of defensive looks at Katrina Selsor.

No matter what she tried ” box-and-one, 1-3-1 zone, switching up defenders ” the Glenwood Springs senior found another way to contribute.

Or a teammate stepped up and hit a big shot.

Stylishly going into the holiday break, Selsor and the Demons rode a balanced effort to a 72-40 girls basketball win over Mudd’s Crusaders on Friday.

Selsor poured in a game-high 16 points and was one of four double-digit scorers for Glenwood. The 5-foot-11-inch stat book filler also pulled eight rebounds, dished out eight assists and had six steals.

“She was tough,” Mudd said. “She’s tall and she can shoot the ball. As soon as we would play her really tight, she’s so unselfish, dishing off to teammates.”

Selsor certainly doesn’t mind sharing the ball.

“Scoring is a big deal, but I love to do other things for the team,” she said. “Like getting rebounds and passing so my teammates can score.”

Many a Demon benefited from Selsor’s generosity.

Sophomore Kenzie Kuhn chipped in eight points and dished out four assists herself.

Freshman Lexie Warkentin dropped in 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Tasha Derby drained four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points. Laura Young added eight points and ripped down eight boards as Glenwood improved to 5-2 on the season.

The Demons turned a 14-9 first-quarter lead into a 29-13 lead by halftime and then, applying a suffocating press, put the game well out of reach in the third quarter by outscoring Denver Christian 28-19.

Glenwood Springs head coach Bryan Derby said he called for the press purely for fine-tuning purposes.

“We just wanted to work on it,” he relayed. “We wanted to get the girls up and running, wanted to get them playing fast, and they did it.”

Whatever the reason for the press, it freed the Demons up to post their highest point total of the season.

“Oh, that’s probably one of the best games we’ve played, offensive and defensively,” Kuhn said.

Emily Herrema led Denver Christian (0-4) with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Note: Glenwood Springs’ home girls basketball game with Platte Canyon this afternoon has been canceled due to travel complications.

Dakota Stonehouse burst into the passing lane, intercepted a Denver Christian pass and Glenwood Springs ran out the clock on a 63-57 boys hoops win over the Crusaders on Friday.

While Stonehouse sealed the outcome, Kevin Screen leveled the bulk of the damage.

The lightning-quick senior guard went off for 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting ” he hit six shots in a row between the second and third quarters ” as the 4-5 Demons surged into the holiday break on a three-game win streak.

“He was feeling it,” Glenwood Springs head coach Greg Hire said. “He was shooting real well. That was a very good game for us.”

Screen credited his hot shooting to a week spent hoisting shots at practice. The Demons hadn’t played a game since last Saturday.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We did a lot of shooting this week. I think that showed tonight.”

Things didn’t look bright for the Demons in the early going Friday.

Behind six first-quarter points from big man Jon VanderHoek, Denver Christian entered the second with a 13-10 lead.

The Crusaders opened the second frame with seven unanswered points before the Demons came alive.

Kevin Flohr hit a triple and Stonehouse followed with a bucket to make it 20-15. Then came back-to-back 3-pointers from Screen and William Rosas to polish off an 11-0 run that put Glenwood up 21-20.

VanderHoek responded with a deuce to take the lead back for the Crusaders, but Screen countered with a three-point play to put Glenwood back on top.

And the Demons never trailed again, building their lead to as high as 11 points before using a ball-control offense to run out the clock in the waning moments.

Denver Christian’s veteran head coach Dick Katte had only praise for Glenwood basketball on his way out of town.

“They got us with their quickness and athleticism,” he said. “Now that the football players are back (from winning a state title) for Glenwood, you can tell they’re going to be a good team.”

Patrick Hailey finished with 11 points and five rebounds and Stonehouse and Flohr added eight points apiece for the Demons, who don’t play again until a Jan. 9 home date with Delta.

VanderHoek paced Denver Christian (1-3) with 23 points.

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