Stepping right in

Brandie Telfer preparing to play right away at Adams State

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It didn't take long for Brandie Telfer to learn what was in store for her freshman year at Adams State College.

"We conditioned and lifted a lot," she said. "The camps showed me what it would be like everyday."

Telfer will attend ASC this fall to play basketball. She spent several weeks in Alamosa this summer to help with ASC basketball camps and to work out with the team.

"It wasn't just running on the basketball court," she said. "We were doing stuff on the track. We were running 600s, 400s and 200s."

When back in Craig, Telfer has been lifting weights, running and shooting on a regular basis.

"I wake up, go to work and then work out," she said. "It's a fairly regular schedule for me."

A difference this summer is that most of Telfer's work hasn't been with a team.

"Usually I was going to camps for volleyball and basketball," she said. "Now my preparation is on a much more individual basis."

Although she's doing most of her work by herself, she checks in weekly with the ASC coaching staff.

"I just e-mailed her a couple of minutes ago," coach Jeff Storm said. "We like to see how they are progressing throughout the summer."

Storm is paying particular attention to Telfer because of her possible role on the team next year. The Grizzlies graduated three starting forwards, including ASC's all-time leading scorer, Meagan Hoffman, from a 10-17 team.

"We're expecting big things out of Brandie," Storm said. "We're going to have to count on freshmen to make an impact for us next year."

Telfer, Moffat County's top scorer since statistics were recorded in 1988, will join Moffat County's second-leading scorer Laurel Mortensen on the team.

Mortensen walked on to the ASC team last year, playing in every game and averaging 7.4 points a game.

"I'm excited to have those two playing together," Storm said. "They come from a well-coached program."

After reuniting with Mortensen and meeting her new teammates, Telfer said she was impressed with the level of play.

"It's a lot faster at first," she said. "The guards are all fast like Laurel. You get used to it eventually but it's definitely at another level."

The freshman-to-be is aware of the expectations going in.

"Coach told me I would probably be playing," she said. "I'm preparing to possibly be a starter."

Storm said other than the more intense practice sessions, the biggest adjustment for his incoming players is college life in general.

"Getting used to college life is a big change for a young woman," he said. "To be out by themselves without the parents making the decision. That tends to be the biggest adjustment."

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