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Demons young, in a good way

G. Sean Kelly
Post Independent File Photo/Jim Noelker Glenwood Demon Yuri Salvidrez passes under preasure during a game against Battle Mountain last season
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For a coach who lost five seniors to graduation, Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Deb Henderson is in a pretty good mood.Maybe she’s looking forward to the run-and-gun style her team will play, or maybe she’s just excited she saw her players working out in the weight room during the offseason.”We’re looking young, and young is different – not in a bad way,” Henderson said. “We’ve got some great athletes that just work hard and put the time and effort in and spent time in the weight room.”

The Demons will have some experience on the court in Yuri Salvidrez. Salvidrez spent time at both point and shooting guard last season and is penciled in as the starting point guard this season.”She hasn’t lost a beat,” Henderson said of her lone returning senior letterman. “It’s so nice to have her. A comment (at a recent practice) was, ‘Coach, I know what I’m doing.’ It was like, ‘Yeah, you do.'””I have to be the one being an encouraging leader and try to teach (the younger players) not to be overwhelmed and tell them to have a good time,” Salvidrez said. Salvidrez is also looking forward to running the court, which the Demons will need to do well if they want to keep pace in the 4A Western Slope League.

Glenwood won’t have a size advantage on many teams this season, so the Demons will rely on quickness, outside shooting and some players stepping up in the paint.”We’re lacking in height, but we are really, really fast,” Salvidrez said. “This year we have a lot of girls who are really good outside shooters – even the posts are taking outside shots. There are a couple of teams that are really big and really good, but that won’t matter because we’re really fast and have good shots outside.”A couple of those outside shooters who should see time this season include juniors Lisa Richards and Emily Hauptli, both guards.And everyone on the floor will likely need to help out on the boards.

“We’re trying to be the toughest team out there,” Salvidrez said. “It’s going to be kind of hard, but I know we can do it.” Sophomore Sam Ciani showed the potential to be an impact player in the paint last season, but she likely won’t be available to play until the second week of the season. Senior Jacy Reynolds saw some spot duty on varsity in 2003-04, and will be called upon this season on a more regular basis.”We’re going to look to Jacy to step up in the post and she’s got to be ready,” Henderson said. “Being a senior, we’re kind of challenging her a little bit.”Glenwood opens its season at home Saturday against Montrose.


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