Glenwood Springs Demons focused on future
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A 20-3 record. A shared Western Slope League Title.
Speedy sister guards that can shoot, pass and steal. A 6-foot-1 post in the paint.
A seven-game winning streak with an average margin of victory at 33 points.
The Glenwood Springs girls basketball team’s resume is intimidating to opponents, to say the least.
The Demons’ latest victim was D’Evelyn, a 17-8 squad who came into Glenwood looking for an upset and spot in the Sweet 16 and left with a 74-44 loss.
“That was probably the best we’ve played,” said senior guard Sharaya Selsor during Glenwood’s practice on Monday.
If you look beyond the success of a team that went to the Final Four last year and is looking to do it again this year, there is a softer side to the Demons. There’s a true sense of enjoyment of the game and an appreciation for the bond it creates between teammates.
“Everyone says when you get older you don’t remember if you won or lost or what the score of the game was when you lost, it’s the memories you make with your teammates and for this team that is definitely it,” Selsor said. “Obviously we want to go far and we have that potential, but we have fun off the court, too. It’s definitely a big family.”
Sure there are problems ” like anytime you have a group of high school girls together. This Demon squad rises above them, though, knowing they have to come together for the greater good.
“We are definitely closer as a team this year than we were last year. We are so much closer this year. … We are all good friends,” said senior post Kelsie Hert. “Practice is always fun. We definitely have our nights where everybody is pissed at each other and we are all upset, but the second we get off the court somebody will apologize and we all know it was just a bad night.
The Glenwood players have classes together, spend time with each other outside of practice and honestly enjoy one another’s company. They like their coaches ” head coach Bryan Derby and assistants Trey Holt, Betsey Seymour and Craig Amichaux. They can even hit them with practical jokes now and then.
“On senior night me and Chelsea (Vallario) bought Derby (who sports a shaved head) a wig,” Selsor said. “We bought Trey a cuddly kittens poster. We know what pushes each other’s buttons, but we give it right back. We are just a bunch of sisters.”
When it’s time to play, the Demons are dead serious, however ” as reflected by their No. 3 seed in the Class 4A state tournament bracket. After getting a bye in the first round, then crushing D’Evelyn in the second, Glenwood is now paired up with No. 7 Longmont.
The Trojans beat Summit, 64-35, in the first round, then upset No. 2 Mesa Ridge, 64-58, in the second round. They are a fast-paced team that loves the 3-pointer.
Shea Rasmussen leads the squad with 17.4 points per game and is the biggest threat from the perimeter.
“We hear they shoot a lot of 3-pointers and they are very, very good,” Hert said. “So we are focusing on getting our defense up, talking, communicating and just working together in a press defense.”
With the Demons’ roster also overflowing with speed, the game should move fast, with pressure all over the court applied by both teams.
“They sound like they are going to match up really well with our guards, but I think our posts will dominate inside,” Selsor said. “I think it will be a game of who’s going to stay relaxed and who’s going to control the tempo. They press a lot, but they don’t like to be pressed, so I think it is going to be who stays relaxed.”
Glenwood will be loading up on a bus on Friday morning to head down to Broomfield. After having a shoot around at Mountain Range High School, they’ll start to prepare for the game. Just like they did in their last playoff matchup.
“Mentally we were prepared for that game by far the best of the season,” Hert said of the team’s attitude before the D’Evelyn contest. “We were all like a unit, but that was that game, and now we have to focus on what’s coming up.”
The winner of the Glenwood-Longmont showdown will advance to Saturday’s Great Eight, where it will face the winner of Friday night’s No. 1 Broomfield (23-1) vs. No. 4 Pueblo County (16-8) game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
“If we play like we did against Palisade and D’Evelyn, I think we can challenge for a championship,” Selsor said. “If we can get past Friday and get past Broomfield, that will be the test to see where this thing can go. … But we have to get past that game on Friday before we can look at that.”
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