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Aspen High girls b-ball team eyes league showdowns

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Aspen High girls basketball team crushed Meeker Saturday in a tune-up game for its Friday and Saturday showdowns with rivals and league contenders Roaring Fork and Basalt, respectively.

With the 60-28 win over Meeker (0-7 in league, 4-10 overall), Aspen improved to 6-0 in Class 3A Western Slope League play and 12-4 overall. Aspen jumped out to a 38-12 lead over Meeker at the half and had 10 of 11 players score in the second half to claim a comfortable victory.

Sophomore center Lizzie Suiter led Aspen in scoring with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Junior Zara Podolak played her “best game of the year,” Aspen coach Lance Finkbeiner said, scoring a career-high 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Point guard Ellen Falender, who’s leading the state’s Class 3A division with 10 assists and 6 steals per game, dished out 11 assists against Meeker, made 7 steals and added 6 points.

“It was definitely a tune-up game for next weekend – because that’s it. It’ll be the highlight of our season thus far,” Finkbeiner said.

Aspen plays Roaring Fork (5-1, 8-5 through Thursday) on Friday. On Saturday, Aspen plays Basalt (7-0, 15-1), the only other unbeaten team in the 3A Western Slope League. Both Aspen and Basalt are ranked in the top 10 in the state’s 3A division, and in all likelihood, the winner of Saturday’s contest will win the league outright and clinch a berth in the regional tournament.

“It’ll be pretty intense this week,” Finkbeiner said, “because if we can win these two games we’ve got a very, very good chance to win the league and go to regionals. I feel pretty good, and we’ve already started preparing for [Roaring Fork and Basalt].

“I think we’ll be prepared,” the coach continued. “They’re both tough, but I like our chances.”


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