Glenwood girls bounce back with two wins
and Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Trailing for only one possession in a game is a sure-fire way to get the win.
That’s what happened for the Glenwood Springs Demons girls basketball team in its 54-43 win over the Woodland Park Panthers Saturday morning on the second and final day of the Demon Invitational.
It was the first of two victories on the day for the Demons, who wanted to bounce back after Friday night’s two-point loss to Faith Christian.
And that’s just what they did.
“Defensively, we played real well,” Demons head coach Bryan Derby said. “They got in the passing lanes and were talking better. We’re getting all the kinks out now.”
Woodland Park’s only lead came halfway through the first quarter, when they went up 8-6.
Soon enough, Glenwood was up 18-10 going into the second.
“As far as attitude, guts and determination, the girls played right with them,” first-year Panthers head coach David Graf said. “But, controlling the game, Glenwood has one or two players who can really run the game. We need to do a better job on the man-to-man press breaker and just keep building confidence.”
Glenwood had its best quarter defensively in the second, when they held Woodland Park to eight points. The Demons stretched the lead to 29-18 on successive 3-pointers from Tasha Derby and Lexie Warkentin.
The Panthers were down 34-18 at the start of the third, and gave up five quick points to make the deficit 39-18.
“We passed the ball a whole lot more and the offense overall picked up the scoring,” senior Breanna Richardson said. “It wasn’t just Katrina (Selsor) and Kenzie (Kuhn).”
The Demons had a balanced scoring attack getting 13 points from Young, 12 from Kuhn, nine from Selsor and Derby, and eight from Warkentin.
On defense, the Demons nagged Woodland Park with its menacing press.
“Our defense put in a good zone and didn’t let down the whole game,” fellow senior Laura Young added. “The full-court press puts a lot pressure on the other team. We’re fast, got steals and put points up on the board. On offense, we need to have more patience and move the ball more.”
Cosette Chaput led the way for the Panthers with 17 points, but went just 6-of-21 from the field.
“Our offense was a lot better than it has been,” Chaput said. “This weekend, we really believed in the system and got some momentum. We still need to work on our defense. We’re getting in foul trouble and need to focus on boxing out and rebounding.”
Despite spotting Eagle Valley 11 points to open the game, Glenwood Springs reversed the tide and scored a 58-39 win over the Devils Saturday afternoon to finish the Demon Invitational with a 2-1 record.
The Demons countered Eagle Valley’s 11-0 game-opening run with an 8-0 run of their own and then turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 12-point lead by outscoring the Devils 17-4 in the third quarter.
“We just went in at halftime and talked about what we needed to do,” Young said. “We just executed better and put a little more intensity behind our game.”
Selsor and Kuhn were the chief culprits in the Glenwood comeback. Selsor led all scorers with 17 points and Kuhn added 16. Selsor’s day included four 3-pointers, 11 rebounds and four steals.
Young added 11 points and Richardson chipped in with nine for the Demons, who ended the weekend with a 4-2 record.
Yvette Parra led Eagle Valley, now 2-5 overall, with nine points. The Devils finished the tourney with an 0-3 record.
“We had our ups and downs this game, and the whole weekend,” Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan said. “We had that 11-0 run in the first quarter and then we let them back in.”
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