Glenwood Springs Demons top Summit Tigers

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kara K. Pearson Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – With 6-foot-1 Kelsie Hert in the middle and speedy guards Sharaya and Katrina Selsor constantly threatening 3-pointers to layups and everything in between, teams have their hands full when they play the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team.

Summit found that out Tuesday night when the Tigers came to Glenwood and left with a 58-36 non-league loss to the Demons. Sharaya finished the night with 18 points, eight rebounds and five steals, Katrina added 15 points, including two 3s, and Hert turned in 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Demons rolled to 4-0 to start the season.”The Selsor sisters and Hert, those three are tough,” said Summit head coach Dylan Hollingsworth. “And we understood that we had to stop those three and they are tough to stop. All teams are going to have trouble stopping those three.”Things were close in the first quarter, though, as Katrina scored 10 for the Demons and the Tigers (1-2) busted three 3-pointers to tie it at 15 at the end of the first frame. Then the game switched. Summit’s Alyssa Tallmadge found the bench after three first-quarter fouls and Glenwood’s offense erupted. The Demons out-scored Summit 21-3 in the second frame, taking a 36-18 lead into halftime on strong drives to the hoop by the Selsors and numerous turnovers by the Tigers.”They did a great job tonight, they moved the ball around and got a lot of open shots,” said Glenwood head coach Bryan Derby.

With everyone passing and executing give-and-goes to get open, Glenwood’s game-changing run gained more power as it went on. The Demons just wish they could play every quarter like they did the second against Summit.”We feel pretty confident with ourselves,” Hert said. “We are just trying to put all four quarters together and make it happen all four quarters, not just every now and then.”The Demons added to their lead in the third quarter when Sharaya came up with steals on three straight Tiger possessions, all of which resulted in Glenwood scores as the Demons went up 50-25 with two minutes left in the third.Glenwood then started to rotate in its bench, where everyone continued keep Glenwood rolling whether it was rebounds from Breanna Richardson, layups from Laura Young or assists from Abbey Vincent.

“We like to get our bench in as much as we can but sometimes we can’t so this was a good night that we did that,” Derby said. “We can see what they are going to show us and how hard they are working.”After starting its season with four games at home, Glenwood will hit the road for the first time this year to take on a tough field at the Black Canyon Tournament in Montrose on Friday and Saturday.”It is going to be a tough weekend,” Derby said. “These guys are fighters. In practice we are a little sluggish, but these are game-time players and you can’t teach that and that’s what you love.”Teams like Palisade, Pueblo West, Rifle, Montrose, Eagle Valley and Bayfield will be in Montrose, but Glenwood will first take on Pagosa Springs in the opening round at 4:45 p.m. on Friday.”The competition is always tough there, it is always a good tournament,” Hert said. “It is going to be fun. I love going down there.”

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