Aspen girls b-ball claim 3rd place in league standings |

Aspen girls b-ball claim 3rd place in league standings

Jennifer Davoren

Aspen, the No. 4 team in Class 3A Western Slope League, bounced Olathe 53-46, and then managed to upset No. 3 Gunnison at home in the Skier Dome Saturday, 51-44.

AHS faced Olathe on Friday without sophomore Lizzie Suiter, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, but freshman Leandra Sivess was able to make a big contribution in her first start of the season, Aspen coach Lance Finkbeiner said.

A close first quarter gave Aspen a one-point lead over Olathe, but the home team managed to take control with a 27-24 lead over the Skiers at the half. The team that was ranked fifth in preseason polls came back at the half, however, and AHS was able to overcome shooting difficulties.

Guards Ellen Falender and Kelly Waldron were the high scorers of the game with 10 points each, and senior Cory Reno, junior Zara Podolak and Sivess each contributed 8 points.

“It was a pretty physical game, lots of fouls. We were 26 for 36 from the free throw line,” he said. “It was a pretty big win.”

The last home game of the regular season pitted AHS against Gunnison on Saturday. The Skiers trailed at halftime, but Finkbeiner said a great defensive effort helped AHS take hold of the lead.

“It was a great game, another close game,” he said. “Once again, great free throw shooting down the stretch.”

Falender shot 8 for 10 from the line, finishing with 15 points as the game’s leading scorer. Reno added 12, including two three-pointers. Suitor, still nursing an ankle injury, was able to snag some play time Saturday night, as well as 11 points.

The AHS girls, now 8-2 in league and 14-5 overall, will face the winner of Tuesday’s Olathe-Meeker game in a game Thursday in Aspen at 6 p.m.

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