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Aspen Times Staff Report

Four Aspen High players scored in double figures to lead the girls basketball team to a 19-point win over Eagle Valley Saturday.

Aspen, 6-3 on the season, beat Eagle Valley 59-40 in a non-league game that served as a warmup for another meeting Jan. 20 that will count in Class 3A Western Slope League standings.

“Eagle Valley played well. It was a close game the first half,” said Aspen coach Lance Finkbeiner. “They hit their shots and looked good, but we had a real strong third quarter that put them away.”

Senior point guard Ellen Falender recorded another double-double, netting 12 points and dishing out 13 assists while producing 7 steals. With the outing, Falender, the state’s assists leader last season with seven per game, boosted her state-leading average this season to an even 10 a game.

“She sees the floors very, very well. She makes passes that I don’t even see,” Finkbeiner said.

Sophomore forward Lizzie Suiter led Aspen in scoring with 13 points. Juniors Zara Podolak and Lacee Patterson each added 12 points.

“Any time you can get four players in double figures, that’s great because we’ve got lots of people to go to,” he said. “Lacee Patterson and [junior] Muriel Hale are both playing really well for me coming off the bench, getting more and more minutes every game.”

Aspen opens its Class 3A Western Slope League schedule Saturday afternoon at Rangely.

“We’ll take it easy [today] and then hit it hard Tuesday and Wednesday because this is what counts – the league games,” Finkbeiner said. “We’re off to a great start and we just need to sustain.”

“We’re getting deeper and deeper into the bench each game, so a lot more girls are playing, and that’s going to help us in the long run,” continued Finkbeiner, who led AHS to the Class 3A state finals in his first season last year. “There’s a lot left, but this is crunch time now. It’s a new season, when the games really count. But I feel pretty good. We’re 6-3 and we’re better than people expected for sure.”


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