Glenwood Springs girls dominate D’Evelyn
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The playoffs are all business for the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team.
At least that’s what one would infer from watching Saturday’s 74-44 decimation of visiting D’Evelyn in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Sharaya Selsor dropped in a game-high 24 points, sister Katrina Selsor added 20, and Kelsie Hert finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Demons (20-3) did all the things they do so well ” like run a fine-tuned transition game and play stingy defense.
Glenwood held the Jaguars to a 27.5 percent (17-for-62) shooting clip, parlaying defensive rebounds and turnovers into easy buckets.
Demons coach Bryan Derby watched a team seemingly on a mission destroy a playoff opponent on Saturday. That’s about the best way he could sum it up, anyway.
“I don’t know,” he said. “They’re just, right now, intense and focused. They want to go out there and win.”
Said Sharaya Selsor: “I think we wanted to make a name for ourselves. Every playoff team has been going out in the first round. We wanted to end the Glenwood jinx.”
“We just want to make as far as we can,” Hert added.
Selsor and Glenwood have recent history on their side, having made quite the run during the 2007 playoffs. Last season’s run led them all the way to the Class 4A Final Four, and Derby’s Demons want to taste the same success in 2008.
“They felt they didn’t play as well as they could have last year,” said Derby, in his second year as Glenwood’s coach. “They want to see what they can do this year, how far they can make it.”
Glenwood, seeded No. 3 in the Tanya Haave Region and now in the round of 16, will play No. 7 Longmont in Broomfield on Friday. Longmont (15-10) upset second-seeded Mesa Ridge 64-58 on Saturday.
By virtue of its No. 1 region ranking, Broomfield (also the No. 2 team in the state according to RockyPreps) will host the March 7-8 Sweet 16 and Great Eight playoff rounds ” the district semifinals and finals. While Glenwood contends with Longmont in its semifinal, Broomfield (23-1) will go up against Pueblo County.
Against D’Evelyn on Saturday, the Demons did their best to steamroll momentum for next weekend’s regional affair.
Glenwood took a 21-5 lead out of the first quarter and a 37-20 edge by halftime. The Demons did so by forcing bad shots and shooting lights out themselves. For the game, Glenwood shot 43.5 percent (27-for-62).
“I thought we struggled early making shots,” D’Evelyn coach Chris Olson said. “I even told them at halftime, and it might be a dumb coach thing to say, but I told them that if we make our shots, it’ll be a better game.”
The Jaguars (17-8) picked up the shooting pace slightly after firing 16 percent from the field in the first half, but they couldn’t muster much of a run. In fact, their hole only grew.
After D’Evelyn put the first five points of the third quarter on the board, the Demons reeled off 16 straight points to put the game away.
Krystal Pittman led Olson’s Jaguars with 13 points. Lauren Maxwell had eight, and Rachel Reinke had seven.
Olson, in a light-hearted mood despite the defeat, gave kudos to Glenwood before heading back to Lakewood.
“The way we see it, we were 8-16 last year, so we had already exceeded expectations,” he said. “We were kind of on borrowed time anyway.
“[The Demons are] very good. The Selsors tied us, 44-44. That’s just a team that plays really well together.”
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