Demons earn win and rest
RIFLE – After seven games in nine days, the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team should rest well over the holiday break. Signs of fatigue would be understandable, but the Demons showed nothing but fire in the fifth-place Girls Western Slope Basketball Tournament game Saturday against Palisade.By G. Sean KellyGSPI Sports Editor
RIFLE – After seven games in nine days, the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team should rest well over the holiday break. Signs of fatigue would be understandable, but the Demons showed nothing but fire in the fifth-place Girls Western Slope Basketball Tournament game Saturday against Palisade.Glenwood pulled off the rare shutout in the first quarter, while putting up 20 points of its own before cruising to a 52-37 victory. The win was the Demons’ second of the day after dropping their tournament opener 64-59 Friday night against Eagle Valley. In the Saturday morning consolation bracket game Glenwood had little problem with Delta in a 68-42 victory.”Seven games in two weeks, that’s huge for these girls to keep competing after that,” Glenwood coach Deb Henderson said.Neither team started off particularly quickly in the fifth-place game against Palisade. After almost three minutes of play, the Demons had just a 2-0 lead.Then freshman Sharaya Selsor came off the bench. Selsor almost immediately hit a three-pointer, then followed it up with a drive to the basket to put the Demons up 7-0.
“It was awesome,” Henderson said. “I told (the team) we needed to go out and take it to those girls hard from the start.”A decent start, but it wasn’t over.Selsor made a nice dish to center Sam Ciani for two more points and, after a Demons free throw, the frosh drained another trey for 13-0 advantage.”I’ve had a few rough games shooting,” Selsor said. “My dad worked with me on my shot and I had a lot of encouragement from the team. I relaxed and went out and hit it.”After Selsor’s quick eight points, the rest of the team joined in. Courtney Sutherland capped the quarter with a conventional three-pointer for the 20-0 lead.Sarah Simms broke the Bulldogs’ dry spell with a jumper 13 seconds into the second period, but Palisade was never able to get closer than 11 points in the game.”We’re excited,” Selsor said of heading into the holiday break with two straight wins. “We know we’re going to be awesome. We just have to start believing. We’re going to be a team to beat.”
Selsor led the team with 14 points, and Ciani hit for 12 points while doing a good job controlling the paint.In the Saturday morning game against Delta, the Demons got off to another quick start with an eight point lead after the first quarter and rolled to an easy 68-42 win. Emily Hauptli tallied a team-high 20 points – 13 coming in the fourth quarter – and Ciani and Selsor added 16 and 14, respectively.Friday night the Demons ran into a hot-shooting team in Eagle Valley.”They didn’t miss a shot,” Henderson said, referring specifically to the second quarter, in which the Devils outscored Glenwood, 25-13. “We had to foul them they were so on.”The Demons actually outscored Eagle Valley in the second half, but the 39-26 halftime deficit was too much to overcome. Ciani posted a season-high 28 points in the loss and Selsor finished with 13.Glenwood is 3-3 on the season and tips off league play after the break at rival Rifle High School on Jan. 8. Glenwood is 3-3 on the season and tips off league play after the break at rival Rifle High School on Jan. 8.
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