Glenwood Springs girls fall to Broomfield
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
BROOMFIELD ” With tears in her eyes and her voice trembling, Kelsie Hert did her best to sum up her feelings for her Glenwood Springs girls basketball teammates.
“I have the best team in the world,” she said. “We’re such a close team.”
The senior post had just taken to the trenches with her Demon teammates for the last time, as a second straight dream season came to a close in the late rounds of the Class 4A state playoffs. After losing to Harrison in last year’s Final Four, Glenwood saw its season come to a close in the Great Eight against probably the best team they’ve ever faced ” defending state champion Broomfield. Armed with a tenacious defense and size across the board, the Eagles downed the Demons 69-47 in Saturday’s Tanya Haave Region final at Broomfield High School.
But Glenwood, which wrapped a 21-4 season, didn’t go down punchless. The Demons rallied from a 16-2 game-opening deficit to close the gap to as little as seven points late in the first half and hold the Broomfield lead to single digits most of the way.
A fourth-quarter Glenwood offensive drought and bevy of Eagle free throws bloated the final score.
“It’s sad that it’s over, but we did give them a run for their money,” said Hert, who will play at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood next school year. “We played like we had nothing to lose, and we gave ’em a fight. We played as hard as we can, but it wasn’t enough.”
Hert finished with 11 points, while fellow senior Sharaya Selsor chipped in a game-high 15 points and junior Katrina Selsor had 11. Natasha Derby and Laura Young scored five apiece for the Demons, who found themselves flustered by Broomfield’s press and pressure man defense in the first quarter.
So flustered that the Eagles forced 10 turnovers and held Glenwood to just six first-quarter shot attempts while scoring the game’s first six points and put 16 of the first 18 points on their home scoreboard.
But the Demons weren’t about to roll over and die. Watching Pueblo County stumble out of the gates and flounder against Broomfield in Friday’s Sweet 16 matchup between the teams left Glenwood determined to do battle.
“You know, last night we watched Pueblo play Broomfield and they looked like they already lost when they stepped out on the floor,” said Sharaya Selsor, who’ll don a Metro State hoops uniform next school year. “We told ourselves we weren’t going to do that, no matter how far we got down. We weren’t going to let them walk all over us, and I think we did well.
“Us losing by 22 points, that doesn’t show how the game really went. We were down by nine almost the entire game. We were in it. Our shots didn’t fall at the end, and they made everything.”
Selsor couldn’t have been more accurate in that assessment.
The Demons had the Broomfield lead down to nine (50-41) after three quarters before hitting the proverbial wall, managing just six points ” to 19 for the Eagles ” in the closing frame. Glenwood shot at a 2-for-10 clip from the floor in the fourth.
Whenever the Demons got close, the Eagles always seem to muster that knockout blow ” a badge typically sported by a championship-caliber team.
The majority of those blows came courtesy of 6-foot-6 junior Anna Prins, who finished with 21 points and nine rebounds despite flirting with foul trouble early. Senior guard Mariah Metoyer added 13 points, and 6-1 junior Chaundra Sweell contributed 11 points.
“They’re a good ball club,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby lauded. “They’ll probably end up winning it all, but there’s still some tough teams out there and that’s why you play the game, to see who’s better on that day.”
Next up for Broomfield (25-1) is a Final Four showdown with Golden, which clipped Sierra 46-44 in Saturday’s Tracy Hill Region final. The two will play at Boulder’s Coors Event Center on Wednesday.
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