GJ Central stymies Glenwood hoops teams
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A work in progress.
Grand Junction Central girls basketball coach Todd Dixon didn’t quite go that far in summing up his team’s performance in Tuesday’s 66-53 win over Glenwood Springs.
“We would like to be able to press the whole dang game. We want to pressure on both sides. We’re not in shape yet. But we’re getting there,” Dixon said.
Signs the Warriors are nearing a plateau, one that the first-year coach wants to obtain, which was visible in the first half.
On defense, Central, who raised its season mark to 2-0, held the Demons (2-1) to 15 first-half points, while shooting a meager four of 15 from the floor.
The Warriors started the second quarter with a 7-0 scoring run to distance themselves from the tight six-point lead they held at the end of first period. Amy Kame led the charge by scoring the initial three points of the skein on the way to a game-best 30 points.
The Demons’ Laura Young had an opportunity to put the brakes on the Warriors’ rally, but missed both free throws after a Mikayla Duffy foul.
Central grabbed the rebound after the second miss. Two field goals later, the Warriors led by double-digits and only fell below a 10-point advantage once afterward.
Glenwood’s offensive problems continued to plague them in the second quarter. As impossible as it seemed, the Demons had an even worse shooting effort over the next eight minutes before heading to the locker room to regroup at halftime.
Kenzie Kuhn posted Glenwood’s only field goal ” a 3-pointer ” with two minutes left in the quarter. As a team, the Demons missed on six of seven shots and finished the period with seven points to trail 33-15 at intermission.
It’s a trend Glenwood coach Bryan Derby had become accustomed to when facing Central.
“In the three years I’ve been here, we’ve never really come out and scored in the first half against this team really good,” he said.
The Demons responded with a better showing in the last two periods, but were only able to get within nine points of Central once ” late in the fourth quarter when Katrina Selsor sank a couple of free throws to cut the Warriors’ lead to 55-46. Selsor had 23 points to led the Demons.
“She was a big concern,” said Central’s Karen Hayter of Glenwood’s point guard. “That was our main person we knew we had to guard. She’s their leader, and she’s a good player.”
Still, Selsor alone was not enough to stymie Central’s multifaceted offensive attack.
With 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game, the Demons rally came too late to mount a serious threat.
The Warriors’ Stacey Kinnett and Kame made sure the big lead would stay in place after making three of four free throw attempts between them to go ahead by 13 going into the final 90 seconds.
“Everyone is a scorer on this team,” said Hayter. “So we don’t have a problem with that.”
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