Demons still alive after pulling off pair of upsets
The slipper fits just fine. And the Demons don’t seem to want to take it off any time soon.”We’re the Cinderella team,” Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Deb Henderson said.After worrying they could miss out on the Class 4A girls basketball state tournament two weeks ago, the 11th-seed Demons are still alive in the round of 16 after wins over No. 6 Mesa Ridge and No. 3 Pueblo Central on Friday and Saturday, respectively, at Regis High School in Denver.”They fought,” Henderson said of her team. “Everybody here said they had never seen a team that fought so hard. They left it out there and they were tired and just had to keep fighting.”In Saturday’s second-round 50-47 win, Glenwood (12-12) trailed Pueblo Central (14-8) by four points at the half, but rebounded in the third quarter for a five-point edge headed into the final quarter. It was enough for the Demons, thanks to solid defense, free-throw shooting and some timely scoring by Emily Hauptli.Hauptli posted seven of her team-high 19 points in the final quarter and freshman Sharaya Selsor hit two free throws to help secure the win. As a team, Glenwood was 6-of-7 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and 11-of-14 in the game.Upsets: see page 13Our defense “shut them down in the last minute-and-a-half of the game,” Henderson said. “And I’ve got a little freshman stepping up and hitting two huge free throws.”Selsor finished with 13 points. Sam Ciani posted 10.In Friday’s tournament opener Glenwood pulled off less of an upset over Mesa Ridge.The No. 11 seed Demons had five players in double figures in their 65-49 victory over No. 6 Mesa Ridge (13-11).Glenwood led by seven points after the first quarter, upped the advantage to 13 by halftime and never trailed in the second half.Selsor paced Glenwood with 18 points, and Ciani had 15 before fouling out. Hauptli and Yuri Salvidrez tallied 11 each, and Lisa Richards chipped in 10.”Sixteen out of 65 is pretty good,” Henderson said. “They struggled all year just to become the team we knew they could become. They wanted to win. They came, and they wanted to win.”The Demons face the winner of Saturday night’s game between No. 2 Regis (15-7) and No. 7 Pueblo County (13-9) Thursday at Colorado State University-Pueblo. No score from the game was available at press time.
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