Lady Skiers score two more league victories |

Lady Skiers score two more league victories

Ben Husband

After suffering a 31-point loss Monday to Steamboat Springs, the Aspen High School girls’ basketball team made a giant rebound last weekend.

The Skiers scored two key Western Slope Conference wins as they defeated Paonia Friday (53-34) and Eagle Valley Saturday (48-35).

“I think the girls just really learned from that loss,” AHS coach Brent Waldron said of the Steamboat loss. “We had a team meeting last week and we decided then to put it behind us and move forward, and they did – they responded just about as well as they could have.”

With the two wins, Aspen climbs to 4-1 in the WSC and 9-3 overall.

Friday night, Aspen had an 18-point first quarter to jump out in front of the Eagles for good.

The Skiers took a 32-14 halftime lead behind 11 points from junior Jill Evans.

In the third period, fellow junior Kelli Dangler put on a scoring clinic as she scored Aspen’s first eight points to help build a dominating 40-19 lead en route to the victory.

Evans finished the game with 18 points, including three 3-pointers.

Dangler added 11 and sophomore Ellen Falender pitched in with eight.

Saturday night, the Skiers faced a team they defeated in last year’s Class 3A District Tournament on their way to the State Tournament.

The first period was back-and-forth offensively between the two teams as Aspen eventually took a 16-10 lead heading into the second period, led by seven points from Falender (including a deep trey).

Eagle Valley then opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run to take a 20-16 lead, forcing Aspen to take a timeout.

The Skiers tied the score at 20 just before half and came out in the second half like a team possessed.

The Skiers’ defense, led by Evans’ six steals, forced 17 second-half Eagle Valley turnovers to take the game completely under control.

Dangler scored 10 second-half points to help the Skiers, who once led by as many as 13, blow the game wide open.

Falender led all scorers with a season-high 13 points. Evans added nine for Aspen, which will travel to Glenwood Springs Tuesday for a nonleague matchup. Varsity starting time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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