Demons: State title is within reach
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. After a remarkable Tanya Haave Regional performance, where the Demons knocked off Pueblo Central and Rifle to win the regional title, Glenwood finds itself in familiar territory.It’s a year later, and two rounds further, but the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team will once again face Harrison in the Class 4A state playoffs.In 2006, Harrison sent the Demons home in the Sweet 16 with a 61-43 victory. This year, the teams will take the court together again, but with higher stakes.
At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, the two teams will be playing in the Final Four for a spot in the state title game. They will battle at a neutral site, on the court at the Coors Event Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder.With a balanced team of guards who can pass, shoot and drive (Sharaya and Katrina Selsor), and centers who can post up, rebound and block shots with the best of them (Sam Ciani and Kelsie Hert), Glenwood is optimistic about its chances.
“I really feel that we have more teamwork than anyone in the state. We play so well as a team,” Sharaya said. “We have such great chemistry. As long as we go out there and play like that, I think we can make it all the way.”The Harrison Panthers (23-3) are led by 5-foot-10 guard Paige Ricker, who is averaging more than 16 points per game. The senior also has a hot hand from the perimeter, as she has drained 55 3-pointers this season.When it comes to hitting 3s, Glenwood has had success thanks to the hot hands of the Selsors, and occasional treys from Natasha Derby.In the paint, the Panthers’ Alystia Moore stands at 6 feet and scores nine points per game, while forward Myecha Taylor also adds nine.For the Demons, Ciani, at 5-11, was close to unstoppable in the regional tournament, where she dominated Pueblo Central with 30 points. Combined with the efforts of Hert, few teams have been able to match Glenwood under the basket.
The teams are fairly similar, with high-powered offenses that are both averaging close to 60 points per game.Harrison’s three losses came in Colorado Springs Metro League games earlier this season – twice to Sierra and once to Woodland Park. Three of Glenwood’s four losses came in Western Slope League play at the hands of Rifle, Moffat County and Palisade. The Demons’ only other loss was to Class 5A Grand Junction Central.The winner of Wednesday’s matchup will play the winner of the Broomfield-Berthoud game at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Coors Event Center.
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