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Quiet play produces big results

She doesn’t do anything fancy – no flashy passes, big 3-pointers or show-stealing plays.But Emily Hauptli is a star nonetheless.”My role, basically, is to keep moving on offense, looking to get open, looking for good passes out to our shooters,” Hauptli said of her duties for the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team. “Not really anything big – just playing with everybody.”The 5-foot-8-inch senior works inside the paint, posting up, boxing out and showing that you don’t have to be huge to de dominant. She quietly and consistently puts up over 11 points per game, pulls down four rebounds per contest and comes away from each night with two steals.”She does so many great things for us. We have great shooters and a great post player and I feel like at times she gets overlooked,” said Glenwood head coach Deb Henderson. “At the end of the game she’ll have 15 points and somebody will go ‘Where did those come from?’ And it’s every game, she is solid that way. She is the type of girl who would say ‘I do it for the team.”‘When teams start doubling up on Demon center Sam Ciani, who averages 14 points and eight rebounds per game, Hauptli makes them pay. With her split-second decision making of whether to go up strong or dish it off, Hauptli reminds defenses to pay attention to her.She has been reliable all season, including a 10-point performance in Saturday’s 61-53 victory over Longmont that put Glenwood into the Sweet 16 of the Class 4A state basketball tournament. Hauptli has not only stepped up on the court, but off the court as well.”She is the glue of this team,” Henderson said. “She keeps everybody going, she keeps everybody together. She’s the one the girls go to when they have problems or issues. She is just the glue of this team.”Hauptli has been aided by a strong supporting cast who has helped Glenwood (15-7) win 14 of its last 16 games. And the two losses have been against 23-0 Moffat County, a team no one else can beat either.Ciani, along with Sharaya Selsor, who is averaging over 12 points, almost three rebounds and two steals per game, and point guard Ashley Jensen, who averages almost 11 points, seven assists and three steals per contest, work together to provide Glenwood’s balanced inside-outside attack.The Demons will test that attack against 23-1 Harrison Friday night at 7:45 at Mesa State College. Harrison, who beat Niwot 54-50 in its state playoff game on Saturday, recorded its only loss of the season on Dec. 10 against Widefield, a team that finished with a 13-11 overall record and was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round on Friday.”Harrison is a good, quick team; very athletic,” Henderson said. “I feel like every team right now is beatable and we have just as good a chance of winning that game as they do. These girls (the Demons) play good defense, they get after it and, come game time, they are ready to go.”Harrison, a team that relies heavily on its inside game, is led by center Chelsea Lyles, who racks up 15 points, almost 10 rebounds and four steals per game. Paige Ricker adds 13.6 points a game for the Panthers. “We have nothing to lose,” Hauptli said. “We are just going to play our game and go in there and play hard.”If Glenwood wins, it will then advance to Saturday’s Great 8 and face the winner of Friday’s Moffat County-Montrose contest.


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