Glenwood girls down Palisade
On any given night, any player on the Glenwood girls basketball team can step up to lead the team. Sometimes it is Ashley Jensen, sometimes it is Sam Ciani, but on Saturday night, it was Sharaya Selsor.Selsor scored 22 points, grabbed three rebounds and recorded three steals as the Demons beat Palisade, 67-57.
Glenwood held a consistent lead, ranging from six to nine points for most of the night. Palisade, however, refused to go down without a fight. Bulldog point guard Valarie Cary scored 18 points in the second half, including three 3-pointers to keep the game within reach. She made one of those 3s with six seconds left in the game, but the Demons got the last laugh as Jensen banked a trey at the final buzzer.”We just wanted to contain them,” Emily Hauptli said of the Demons’ defensive strategy in the fourth quarter. “I think, getting tired, we kind of let up on the outside a little bit, but we stuck with it and were able to pull it out.”Hauptli had an impressive game, pulling down seven rebounds and scoring 13 points, 10 of which came from the paint. Getting a few offensive rebounds, she cashed in on a lot of second chances.
“You gotta just keep going after it,” Hauptli said. “That’s what we were trying to do – work on our second shots.”Heading into Western Slope League play, the Glenwood girls basketball team was 2-5. Now the Demons have won all five of their league contests, three of which came in this past week against Rifle, Delta and Palisade.”I had a bunch of tired girls tonight, and I challenged them in the locker room to step up, play through this and play tired,” Glenwood head coach Deb Henderson said. “Our goal was to be 5-0 at this point, and they could have gone out there tonight and been 5-0 or been 4-1. If they wanted to come out and play lazy and slow and not want to be there then that is what they were going to get.”
The Demons proved they wanted the win, and they earned it.”They stepped up and did what they needed to do despite being tired,” Henderson said. “This is a good win, no matter how you look at it, this was a good team win, and they did what they were supposed to do, and I am proud of that. Everyone contributed.”The Demons will be back on the court on Friday when they battle Moffat County, the only other unbeaten team in the league. “We are excited and looking forward to it,” Hauptli said of the Moffat County matchup. “It should be a good game.”
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