Henderson takes over Glenwood girls’ squad
First-year Glenwood Springs Demons girls’ head coach Deb Henderson admits she and the players are still in the “get-to-know-you” stage, but the key ingredient for success has already shown itself.
“We need two more weeks of practice,” Henderson said. “But the overall commitment and the desire to be out there is going to help a lot.”
The Demons and Henderson take to the floor tonight at Roaring Fork High School’s Brenda Patch Tournament against the tourney host at 6:30 p.m.
Senior guard Megan McKinnie is the lone returning starter for the Demons. Senior post Jeri Polowchena and senior guard Cassie Carlson also saw time with the varsity squad that finished 13-8 (9-3 Class 4A Western Slope League).
Standout volleyball player Amber Sutherland also returns for her junior year after taking a year hiatus from basketball. Sutherland, however, will be out for at least the first week due to an ankle injury.
The key for the young team will be learning to work with each other, as well as their new coach.
“They all do a good job of sharing the wealth,” Henderson said. “Most of the girls who are coming up played together at JV. They also fit in with Jeri, Cassie and Megan just fine.”
Junior Keegan Nadon will be one of the essential cogs in “sharing the wealth,” as she is expected to start at point guard. Junior Nakita Danielly will also see plenty of time with varsity this season at the post position.
“We’re having a lot of fun,” Henderson said. “We have a long way to go, but the biggest thing is I want them to go out there every night and be competitive.
“They need to get used to playing with each other in a new system with a new coach, and that takes more than two-and-a-half weeks,” she added.
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