Glenwood girls too much for Steamboat, win 36-24
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Sharaya Selsor scored 10 points in the first half, helping the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team build enough of a cushion to hang on for its first Class 4A Western Slope League win of the season with a 36-24 victory over Steamboat Springs Saturday night. Outside of a Natasha Derby 3-pointer, Selsor, who scored eight points in the first quarter, was the only Demon who could get the ball in the hoop in the first eight minutes of play. But the Demons weren’t the only ones struggling to make shots – the Sailors couldn’t get them to fall either.After the Sailors scored in the first minute, the game went on a four-minute scoring drought before Selsor hit a layup.
The bucket jump-started a 9-0 run for Glenwood (1-1 WSL, 7-3 overall) that put the Demons up 11-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Demons compiled another 9-0 streak to take a 21-9 lead at halftime.After a tough, physical, heart-breaking, 43-41 loss at Moffat County on Friday night, Glenwood head coach Bryan Derby gave his starters a rest for large chunks of Saturday’s game, including center Sam Ciani, who totaled less than eight minutes of play in the contest.That left most of the second half up to the Demons’ young bench players. Derby scored eight points, Kelsie Hert added six and Laura Young stepped up to chip in four more.
“We are trying to get the younger players some experience, see what happens. The other girls, the five (starters on Friday), they worked their tails off last night. I was trying to give them a break,” said Coach Derby. “I hope they get some experience and learn that patience is a big part of our offense.”In the fourth quarter, Steamboat (0-2 WSL, 0-8 overall) took advantage of Glenwood’s inexperience and outscored the Demons 10-4. Gracie Stockdale finished the game with seven points, while Lizzie Stoll and Emily Stockdale each added five. Steamboat head coach John Ameen was proud of his teams’ limited turnovers as the Sailors turned the ball over just 15 times – the same as Glenwood.
“We took care of the ball so much better and that’s why we were able to stay with this team, and they are a good team,” he said.Glenwood’s defense, combined with the Sailors’ shots not falling, held Steamboat to two points in the first quarter, seven in the second and five in the third.”Shots weren’t falling, but that happens,” said Natasha Derby. “But I think our defense kept us in this game.”Glenwood will be back on the court Tuesday to play rival Rifle at 7:30 p.m.
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It was a close game, but after some thrilling back-and-forth plays the Rifle Bears were able to pull off the 28-20 victory over The Academy on May 1.