Glenwood Springs Demons christen new gym with win |

Glenwood Springs Demons christen new gym with win

Joelle Milholm
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kara K. Pearson Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” After 21 minutes of being held scoreless, Glenwood Springs’ Kelsie Hert came alive. The 6-foot-1 post started getting feeds from her teammates and scored 13 points in the final 11 minutes to lift the Demons over Rifle 49-41 on Friday night.

Playing in front of a packed house at the new, spacious, brighter Glenwood Springs gym, the Demons didn’t disappoint their fans. Whether it was a Hert bucket or one of Glenwood’s seven 3-pointers on the night, the crowd had plenty to cheer for.

“It was amazing. I have never played in a gym that loud before,” Hert said. “Our whole team loved it. We just felt so energized because they were there. It was just so crazy.”

It was a different story In the first half however, as it was Rifle who had the momentum. Building off a four-point play where Sandy Samson hit a 3, drew a foul and hit the free throw, the Bears were on a roll from the end of the first quarter threw the conclusion of the half. The scoreboard reflected their efforts as it had the Bears up 23-18 at the half.

After three consecutive 3-pointers to start the third ” two from the Demons (Katrina Selsor and Avery Denney) and one from Rifle (Samson) ” the game transformed from an outside game to an inside game.

“Our biggest asset against that team is that we have more height and we weren’t using that in the first half, so I came in at halftime and yelled at them that we need to use our height,” said Glenwood Head Coach Bryan Derby. “Then we did that. Then the defense had to collapse and it opened up the outside shots.”

With Katrina and her sister Sharaya finding Hert under the post, the Demons began to build Glenwood’s lead. That lead was aided by back-to-back Rifle turnovers and another Katrina 3 that put the Demons up 42-36 with 3:18 to go.

Rifle answered though, showing it wasn’t going down without a fight as Quincey Snyder sunk two free throws and Megan McWilliams cashed in from downtown to cut Glenwood’s lead to 46-41 with one minute left. Another turnover doomed the Bears, who struggled with hitting shots in the final minutes, as Denney came up with a steal to kill Rifle’s following possession.

“I wish we could have finished it,” said Rifle guard Chelsea Webb.

Sharaya finished as the game’s leading scorer with 15 points, including the Demons’ first basket ” a 3-pointer ” on their new court. Katrina finished with 13, teaming up with her sister for eight assists. Denney added eight points for Glenwood.

“Everybody stepped up and did a great job,” Derby said.

Rifle was led by Samson with 14 points and McWilliams, the Bears’ 5-foot-7 post, who turned in a double-double performance with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Glenwood (10-1 Class 4A Western Slope League, 16-3 overall) will be at home again today, hosting Delta at 4 p.m. Rifle (7-4 WSL, 10-9 overall) will be on the road to face Palisade at 4 p.m.

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