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AHS girls b-ball stays unbeaten in league

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen High School girls basketball team recorded a pair of wins over the weekend to remain undefeated in Class 3A Western Slope League play.

Aspen, 5-0 in league and 11-3 overall, bested Hotchkiss 57-46 Friday and then rolled over Cedaredge 72-42 on Saturday.

On Saturday, Aspen played a solid game offensively and defensively, leading Cedaredge (1-4, 9-5) throughout the contest.

Sophomore center Lizzie Suiter led Aspen in scoring with 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Senior point guard Ellen Falender netted 18 points, including two 3-pointers. Senior guard Cory Reno added 13 points, with three 3-pointers.

“I was pleased with the game,” Aspen coach Lance Finkbeiner said. “We limited their big scorer, who’s averaging 20-plus points a game, to 6 points total and didn’t let her score in the first half.

“But I was more pleased with our defensive effort than I have been in any game this season,” he added.

Against Hotchkiss Friday, Aspen jumped out to a 31-27 lead at the half, before taking a 13-point lead after three quarters of play.

“We had a big third quarter that put [Hotchkiss] away,” said Aspen coach Lance Finkbeiner. “We didn’t play as well as we did Saturday, but overall I was pleased.”

Suiter led Aspen again with 21 points and also grabbed 14 boards. Falender netted 13 points and contributed 13 assists. All eight Aspen players who saw action figured into the scoring, Finkbeiner added.

“It’s been a surprise this year,” said Falender, who leads the state’s Class 3A in assists with 10 a game. “We were supposed to be rebuilding and here we are undefeated in league. It’s a really balanced effort: when Cory [Reno] is making her threes and Lizzie [Suiter] is dominating inside, we do all right.”

In Class 3A Western Slope League play, Aspen remains undefeated, along with Basalt and Roaring Fork. Aspen is slated to play Meeker this weekend, before playing at Roaring Fork (Feb. 9) and Basalt (Feb. 10). Basalt and Roaring Fork play Thursday in Basalt at 6:30 p.m.

“The Meeker game will be a good tune-up before our big weekend,” Finkbeiner said. “And by the time we play Basalt and Roaring Fork, only one of them will be undefeated.”

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