Glenwood girls outgun Grand Junction
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” For those who doubted Glenwood Springs would remain among Class 4A’s best girls basketball teams, Thursday’s 55-43 win over Grand Junction should eliminate any worries.
At least that’s how the Tigers feel after the Demons handed the home team a 12-point loss.
“We knew what kind of team Glenwood is,” said Grand Junction coach Sam Provenza. “That’s a good team. They got a couple of kids that can shoot. They got somebody who can take the ball inside. That’s a pretty good prescription of a good team.”
A good Demons team which frustrated the young Tigers into early foul trouble and a bunch of successful free throw opportunities.
“We had to get out of our man-to-man, and had to go zone,” Provenza said of the defensive changes the coach had to implement to due to Grand Junction’s penchant for picking up quick fouls.
Glenwood, who trailed 18-15 after the Tigers’ Liz Heaps scored on a putback off her own miss two minutes into the second quarter, retaliated by scoring seven of the next nine points.
It figured Katrina Selsor played a big part in the Demons’ turnaround.
Her free throw after a Fawn Brady foul broke an 18-all tie. The next trip down the floor the senior whipped a 40-foot pass through the Tiger defense where a streaking Lexie Warkentine converted the toss for an easy layup.
The play forced Grand Junction to call a time out to regroup.
It worked once. Brady, who scored 16 points for the Tigers, scored on a feed from Stephanie Drake to get within one of the Demons.
They never got that close again.
Closing out the first half with a 27-24 advantage and losing starter Natasha Derby for the night with an injury to her left shoulder, Glenwood turned up the intensity.
Forced to switch their modus operandi, the Demons outscored Grand Junction 13-9 in the third quarter to take a 40-32 when Kenzie Kuhn sunk a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left.
“When we lost Tasha in that first half that took away our outside shooting,” said Demon head coach Bryan Derby. “I told Kenzie and Katrina to draw this zone out we have to hit the 3’s. I told them in the locker room they are going to fall for us and that rim’s going to look huge.”
The rim was huge enough for Glenwood to secure the victory early in the fourth quarter when a 10-2 scoring run boosted the Demons to a comfy 50-34 margin.
Kuhn led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Selsor’s 15.
The win raised Glenwood to 2-0 on the young season. More importantly, it gives them a boost of confidence heading into next week’s home showdown with RockyPreps pre-season Class 5A, No. 7 ranked Grand Junction Central.
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