Glenwood Springs girls grab victory over Eagle Valley Devils
GYPSUM – It’s always nice to get your starters an extended rest by halftime. Glenwood Springs girls basketball coach Bryan Derby enjoyed just that luxury on Tuesday as his Demons ditched Gypsum with a 67-48 win over Eagle Valley.Derby’s squad could seemingly do no wrong against the Devils, building a 40-18 lead by halftime by reeling off scoring spurts virtually at will.The Demons closed the first quarter on a 13-2 run, kicked off the second quarter on an 11-4 run and then scored the first 12 points in the third quarter.The end result: plenty of rest for the Glenwood Springs regulars. Getting backups extended minutes is never a bad thing.”This was a good time to get everyone some playing time,” Derby said. “You know, the starters, our seven (regulars) came in and wanted to win. They got it done. It’s always nice to get them a little rest.”When Glenwood’s regulars were on the court, they were more than effective. An early swarming press yielded turnover after turnover, which turned into transition basket after transition basket.The Demons’ big three of Kelsie Hert and Katrina and Sharaya Selsor did plenty of damage in their time on the floor, all hitting double figures in scoring. Sharaya led the way with 24 points, followed by Hert with 21 and sister Katrina with 13.But their stat lines were bloated in other areas, as well.Evident of Glenwood’s crafty ball movement, Katrina finished with seven assists and Sharaya five. Evident of the Demons’ pesky defense, Sharaya grabbed six steals. Hert and Katrina snagged four apiece. “We came out and we wanted to press,” Derby said. “The first quarter we opened it up pretty wide. We started getting some more steals.” Once comfortably ahead, Derby’s squad emphasized fine-tuning the basics of basketball.”That was our goal, to take care of the fundamentals,” said Hert, who had a team-high seven rebounds. “We worked on the little things, like making the right passes, making sure on a jump stop that we kept our pivot foot or just finishing and executing our layups and free throws.”Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan left the Devils’ gym impressed with the powerhouse Demons and their big three, now 10-2 overall and 4-0 in the Class 4A Western Slope League.”That’s a pretty good team; those two sisters can shoot the rock,” he said. “And that Hert girl can really get up and down the court. It’s tough to guard them, especially with the girls we have. We have big post players and they have quicker girls.”Reagen’s team dropped to 2-10 overall and to 1-2 in the 4A WSL. Jeanette Baker led the Devils with 13 points.
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