Rough start to Demon Invitational |

Rough start to Demon Invitational

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Katrina Selsor’s long heave ” from a few steps beyond the three-point arc ” hit nothing but net as the clock wound down.

Unfortunately for Selsor and the Glenwood Springs girls basketball team, her bucket left the Demons two points short of a win in Friday’s Demon Invitational opener.

Buoyed by an 11-3 run to start the fourth quarter, Faith Christian snuck away with a 49-47 win in a game it trailed most of the night.

“We just didn’t step up defensively,” said a frustrated Bryan Derby, head coach of the Demons. “We worked all week on stopping the fastbreak, and they just came out and ran on us.”

Derby’s team was on the upper end of the score for much of this one, leading 17-10 after a quarter and 27-24 at intermission. But Faith, behind three 3-pointers from Devin Barth in the second half, came roaring back.

The Eagles took the lead, for the first time since the first quarter, on a Barth triple to open the fourth and controlled the tempo from there on out. Glenwood responded with a bucket by Laura Young before Bethany Moore hit a shot to put Faith up for good at 39-38.

The Eagles scored six of the next seven points to build a 45-39 advantage.

Glenwood had to play the foul game down the stretch and Faith Christian responded by going 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final 2 minutes, 14 seconds.

“Once we got the lead in the (fourth), our mentality switched,” Eagles coach Debbie Candelaria said. “We couldn’t turn back. We kept pulling rebounds and took control of possessions.”

The win was the first of the season for Candelaria’s crew, now 1-2 on the young season.

Bre McBeth paced Faith Christian on offense with 18 points. Bethany Moore finished with 13 points and Barth had 11 points and nine rebounds.

Selsor led all scorers with 29 points, going 4-of-8 from three-point range. She also ripped down 11 rebounds and was 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Laura Young added eight points and nine rebounds for the Demons and Tasha Derby had five points.

Glenwood, now 2-2 on the season, resumes play at its home tournament at 9 a.m. this morning against Woodland Park. The Demons take on Eagle Valley at 4 p.m.

It’s taking Glenwood’s boys basketball players, many who just two weeks ago wrapped up a 14-week football season that ended with a state title, some time to work their way into hoops shape.

The rust showed in a 77-47 Friday defeat at the hands of Faith Christian, the second-ranked team in 3A according to RockyPreps.

Faith’s Stephen Dennis notched 28 points, 10 rebounds and five steals as the Eagles pulled away with 22 points apiece in the second and third quarters after leading by just two after the opening frame.

Glenwood Springs head coach Greg Hire knows it’s going to take a little time for his squad to round into shape. Most of his football-playing Demons just began practicing Monday after getting a week off to recover from football.

“They’re getting back into shape,” Hire said, “getting back into basketball.”

By converting loads of transition baskets and zipping the ball around to create open shots, the 3-0 Eagles put the game out of reach by the end of the third quarter, going up 60-35.

“We’re a lot faster than we were last year,” Dennis said. “We have lots of good guards on the team.”

Kevin Screen scored 13 points to lead Glenwood, now 1-5 on the young season.

Patrick Hailey added 10 points and Kevin Flohr and William Rosas chipped in with eight apiece.

Hayden Loudenslager followed Dennis in points for Faith with 16. Justin Gallagher added 10.

The Demons return to the floor this morning against Woodland Park at 10:30 a.m. They’ll follow it up with a game against Eagle Valley at 5:30 p.m.

“I watched them,” Hire said of his team’s Saturday opponents. “They’re both good teams, bigger teams.”

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