Glandorf scores personal-best 31 points in win over Aspen
EDWARDS – Aspen might want to consider sending its varsity girls team the next time the Vail Christian Saints come calling for a nonleague game. Friday night at St. Claire in Edwards, the 1A Saints toyed with the 3A Aspen junior varsity squad in a 50-19 win. The biggest bully on the court was senior point guard Rachel Glandorf, who unloaded for a personal-best 31 points.Saints coach Paul Doughty had pictured the 5-foot-11 Glandorf – the tallest player on the roster – as an ideal post player this season but decided to move her back to the point after the move didn’t take hold in his team’s games before the holiday break.
On Friday, Glandorf showed why she is so comfortable – and versatile – in her old position. The senior used her size inside to drop in easy putbacks and pull down offensive rebounds, but she also took defenders off the dribble either to drive to the hoop or pull up for a quick jumper.She also sank a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, just for good measure.”When I started playing basketball I was a point guard,” Glandorf said. “I haven’t always been tall. That’s what I like the best. I just feel like I have more options that way. It’s a way to keep my options open. When I drive, it opens everything up because then they won’t be expecting me to pull up and shoot. But if I just stand and shoot all day, they’ll get used to that.”Doughty said that Glandorf was also the key on defense Friday. He said he lets the senior decide which defense to run depending on the offensive ability of the team.
On Friday, the Skiers couldn’t seem to figure out the Saints full-court trap, and Glandorf and her teammates used that confusion as a way to pluck easy steals, which in turn led to easy baskets. Vail Christian was also stingy in its half-court set. All told, the Skiers only managed two points in the first quarter, four in the second and six in the third. “We’ve been changing our defense to find a matchup to go with our press and it confuses them quite a bit,” Doughty said. “On the press tonight, the girls did a wonderful job. Everybody was in position. A team that doesn’t know how to break it will struggle.”
While Glandorf was the leading culprit in the blowout, she wasn’t without help. Coach Doughty’s daughter Megan was the second-leading scorer with nine points off 4-for-8 shooting from the field and 1-for-2 shooting at the free-throw line. Sophomore Danielle Cavanaugh also turned in a strong defensive performance with seven steals and four rebounds. “Our girls responded well,” Doughty said. “They practiced hard all week. They worked hard during the holidays – not by my direction – and it’s really nice to see them play good defense, make the right passes, and rebounding well. Things are coming together that we’ve been working on.”With the win, Vail Christian improved to 2-5 overall. The Saints open league play today at home against Ridgway at 2 p.m.Staff Writer Nate Peterson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 608, or via e-mail at email@example.com.