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Whiting enjoying every moment of senior season

Amanda Whiting knows her high school basketball career is coming to an end. So, she’s enjoying every moment with her teammates.

“We all grew up together,” Whiting said of herself and the other four seniors on Glenwood Springs High School’s girls basketball team.

“This year has been a year to look forward to, we’ve got the chemistry as a team, we know where each other is on the court, and we have a passion to win.”

Whiting and teammates showed their drive to succeed in last week’s 75-73 double-overtime win at Palisade. Whiting, a key sub on this year’s team, helped cement the victory by scoring 15 points in the contest.

Her efforts were noticed by the high school’s coaches and staff, who selected the senior forward as this week’s Glenwood Springs High School Athlete of the Week.

Whiting pointed out, however, it was the team’s determination which earned the win over the Bulldogs.

“Coach (Deb Henderson) always tells us that when we step on the court, we know we’re going to win. Now we know what she’s talking about.”

Whiting said the overtime win has given the basketball team added confidence going into this weekend’s District 7 tournament in Grand Junction.

“Beating Palisade makes me think anything is possible,” she said.

Whiting made the impossible happen when she opened the second overtime with four straight points, giving Glenwood its first lead in the game since early in the first quarter.

“I wanted to get the ball,” said Whiting. “I was seeing things better on the court and it was the right time.”

Although Whiting had a key role in the win, she said teammate Amber Sutherland’s three-point shot that extended the game to the second overtime was the game’s biggest play.

“Her shot won the game. I’ll always remember that,” she said.

And Whiting, who plans to attend the University of Colorado next fall, will also look back at her four years at GSHS with the same type of passion as she does with basketball.

“I couldn’t ask for a better town to grow up in or a better school to be a part of,” she said. “(Glenwood Springs) is just the right place to be.”

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