Youth shows through in Grand Junction’s loss to Glenwood Springs
Five sophomores and one freshman grace the Grand Junction High School girls basketball lineup this season. Three of them were in the starting lineup in the Tigers’ season opener on Thursday against Glenwood Springs.
Grand Junction’s youth showed and Glenwood’s experience shone as the Demons (2-0) defeated the Tigers 55-43.
“Our sophomores (and freshman) are making improvements,” said post player Lisa Hughes, one of four seniors.
For now, the Tigers could use a dose of experience, and they may have to go through some growing pains to get the medicine to go down.
Grand Junction shot only 35 percent from the floor, but head coach Sam Provenza was
more concerned about the defensive end.
“We’d play really well to the shot,” Provenza said.
It was after the shot that the Tigers’ youth became evident.
“That’s what hurt us,” Provenza said, “offensive rebounds.”
The Demons collected nine of their own misses, converting the majority on put-backs.
Katrina Selsor, Glenwood’s CSU-Pueblo-bound senior guard, did most of the damage for Glenwood in the first half, scoring 11 of her 15 points in the first two quarters.
She alternates playing point guard and shooting guard for the Demons.
“Last year I was a point guard,” she said. “This year I’ve got a lot of other responsibilities.”
She and sophomore Mackenzie Kuhn switched off at the point.
“We’ve always thought (Selsor) could go either inside or outside,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said.
Provenza liked his team’s energy. If anything, he said, at times in the second quarter the intensity hurt his team.
“We were fighting so hard we were actually fighting ourselves, if that makes sense,” he said.
Kuhn did most of her damage in the third quarter, hitting a trio of 3-pointers to help Glenwood stretch its 27-24 halftime lead to 40-32 at the end of the third. Kuhn finished with a game-high 21 points.
“It helps a lot,” Selsor said of Kuhn’s shooting ability, which takes some of the scoring pressure off Selsor
That allows Selsor, Glenwood’s tallest player at 5-foot-11, to go inside defensively, where she pulled down nine rebounds.
Sophomore Fawn Brady paced the Tigers with 16 points and Hughes chipped in eight.
As for the number of new, young faces for the Tigers, Hughes said the team will come together.
“I think this preseason we’ll work on our chemistry,” she said.
Provenza said not allowing opposing teams to get second chances will be a priority.
“Those are the things we’ve got to get better at,” he said.