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Experience, speed and talent

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The 2006-07 Glenwood girls basketball team has an abundance of experience, speed and talent. Sophomore Katrina Selsor and her junior sister Sharaya, both state cross country runners, bring speed to the court, as well as Sharaya’s ability to knock down 3-pointers.Senior Sam Ciani spent her spare time in the offseason working with Glenwood’s certified athletic trainer Marni Barton, strengthening and conditioning her body to be ready to dominate the paint this season.Junior Avery Denney brings her all-out-hustle aggressiveness and leadership as one of last year’s returners.

Even with stars like these, first-year coach Bryan Derby knows if the team wants to be successful, it will take hard work from everyone on the roster.”It is going to take a real team effort,” said Derby, who was an assistant last year under Deb Henderson. “Even the girls who are new to the varsity level have been in the program for a few years and know what to do.”Katrina will be taking over the majority of the point-guard duties with the departure of one of the best point guards in the league last year, Ashley Jensen. Denney will also take on some of the point-guard responsibilities.With so much speed exhibited by the Selsors and cross country teammate Amanda Alberico, Derby will try to run the floor.”(We’re going to) run and gun,” Derby said. “I think they will all be in shape, it’s just a matter of putting it all together.”As far as trying to repeat last year’s sweet 16 state playoff appearance, Derby didn’t have a specific goal.”I just want everybody to play their best and hopefully I’ll do my job and they’ll do theirs and we’ll get after it,” he said.Glenwood and Moffat County once again appear to be preseason favorites in the Class 4A Western Slope League. Moffat County, who went on to the state’s final four in 2005, won the league last year with a 12-0 WSL record and Glenwood’s only loss in league play came at the hands of the Huskies.Unlike most area teams, Glenwood will not be in action this weekend. Instead, the Demons will have one more week of practice before they face their first opponent, Faith Christian, on Dec. 8 in their first game of the Demon Round Robin.”We just need a few more practices and we’ll be ready to get after it,” Derby said.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Colo. CO


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