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A Grizzly future

Brandie Telfer signs letter of intent with Adams State

David Pressgrove

Brandie Telfer isn’t one to succumb to pressure. Even when teams primarily focus on stopping her when they play the Moffat County girls basketball team, it’s not something the 5-foot, 11-inch senior thinks about too much.

“I don’t really put pressure on myself,” she said. “I just play.”

It’s no surprise that Telfer didn’t wait until pressure had built up to choose a college.

“A couple of other schools had sent me stuff,” she said. “But Adams looked good.”

Telfer signed her letter of intent to play basketball for Adams State College during the early signing period.

ASC coach Jeff Storm was a fan of Telfer’s plan.

“We’re excited to have someone of Brandie’s ability sign with us early,” Storm said in a press release from ASC. “She is a tremendous student and will be a great player for ASC.”

The forward averaged 17.4 points and 8.9 rebounds last year and is one of the top returning scorers in Class 4A.

If Telfer has another season like she did last year she could have caught the eyes of more schools. But she was content with signing before the season.

“You never know what will happen your senior year,” she said. “I liked the time I spent on the campus and liked the program. It wasn’t a hard decision.”

While she doesn’t often put pressure on herself, Telfer agreed that deciding on a school before the season helped get some things out of the way.

“I probably wouldn’t have thought about college decisions too much during the season anyway,” she said. “But now it makes it easier because I know what I’m doing next.”

Telfer and the Bulldogs went to a basketball camp at ASC this summer and later she visited with the team and coach Storm.

“They run a similar system to what we run (at MCHS),” she said. “Their coach said I would have a chance to get playing time next year.”

Telfer will join former high school teammate Laurel Mortensen, who is in her second year on the Grizzly team.

“It will be fun to play with Laurel again,” Telfer said. “She’s a good teammate.”

When all is said and done this season Telfer could break Mortensen’s all-time scoring record at Moffat County.

Telfer entered the season with 649 career points. She needs to average about 18 points a game this season to move ahead of Mortensen. Telfer is averaging 17.1 points a game through seven games.

Telfer finished second last year in voting for the Western Slope League player of the year.

She earned All-Conference honors in her sophomore and junior seasons.

Telfer was also a two-time All-Conference Honorable Mention pick in volleyball and was named to the CHSAA Academic All-State First Team in both basketball and volleyball during her freshman year. She also earned that honor again in basketball after her junior year.

Telfer is the first player to sign with the Grizzlies, who have four seniors on the 2004-05 squad.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.

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