Glenwood girls’ shooting turns cold after half
GRAND JUNCTION – For a moment the score was close. Ashley Jensen’s basket cut Harrison’s lead to one point early in the third quarter to give Glenwood Springs hope. Then the Demons’ shooting turned cold – ice cold. Glenwood missed its next 17 field-goal attempts before Lisa Richards scored with 18 seconds left. The bucket came too late to make a difference in Friday’s 61-43 postsesaon loss to Harrison.Glenwood connected on just 3-of-21 shots from the field in the second half and were outscored by the No. 1-seeded Panthers 31-18 during the same period. Yet, Friday’s game wasn’t dominated by Harrison. In fact, at times, the Panthers didn’t look like a 22-1 team. Throughout the first half and up until the shooting problems popped up, the Demons were in the hunt.Two Emily Hauptli baskets near the end of the first half cut Harrison’s seven-point lead to three. The Panthers’ Paige Ricker scored with 18 seconds left in the second quarter for a 30-25 lead at intermission.Hauptli led the Demons with 12 points. Sam Ciani, before fouling out early in the fourth period, had 11 with nine rebounds. Harrison’s Chelsey Lyles led all scorers with 16 points.Despite trailing by five points at the half, it wasn’t that big an obstacle for the Demons to overcome. Sharaya Selsor and Jensen proved it by scoring on Glenwood’s first two possessions of the second half. Then, the lights when out.”We played great in the first half and part of the third quarter,” said Demons head coach Deb Henderson. “Then we didn’t handle the pressure well in the second half. And we didn’t rebound.”And Glenwood kept on missing shots.Harrison outscored the Demons 13-3 while Glenwood missed seven straight shots. The result left Harrison holding a 45-32 lead at the end of the third quarter. And, it just got worse for the Demons in the fourth quarter. It was a down way to end what was a great season.”I’m really proud of the girls,” Henderson said. “We finished the year as one of the top 16 teams in the state. That’s something a lot of teams would wish for.”Glenwood ended the year with a 15-9 record. And, with six underclassmen on this year’s roster, 2006-07 looks bright.Starter Sharaya Selsor, her younger sister Katrina, Kelsie Hurt, Avery Denney, Chelsea Vallario and Deborah Collins give the Demons a good nucleus for the future.
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