Scoring drought foils Aspen girls on road
An 11-minute scoring drought tormented the Aspen Skiers Tuesday night as they dropped a 62-30 decision at Glenwood Springs in nonconference girls basketball.
The scoreless stretch extended through the entire second period as Aspen went from an 8-7 lead in the first quarter to a 22-8 halftime deficit. The Demons scored 17 consecutive points before Whitney Gordon ended the run with a free throw early in the third quarter.
“I don’t know if we’re intimidated coming down to play the big schools or not,” Aspen coach Brent Waldron said. “I know we need to play better than that.”
Waldron said the Skiers could not find their offensive rhythm against the pesky defense of the Glenwood girls, who had lost three consecutive games.
“Our execution needs to improve. We had too many turnovers … and we didn’t take advantage of their turnovers. We couldn’t convert,” Waldron said after the loss that moved the Skiers to 9-3 on the season. They remain 4-1 in the Class 3A Western Slope Conference going into Friday night’s road game at Hotchkiss.
The Class 4A Demons improved to 8-7 overall behind a balanced attack that featured six players with at least eight points each.
Senior Amanda Wagner led the Demons with 11, including one 3-pointer.
Junior Jessica Spuhler added nine as did sophomore center Samantha Blake.
Ashley Nadon, Amanda Smiley and Katie Richelieu all scored eight each for coach Bryan Whiting’s Demons. The Demons also enjoyed a huge rebounding edge.
“We picked up the intensity tonight … on defense and offense,” Whiting said. “For us to do well, we need to play solid defense … and these girls can play defense.”
Whiting said he stressed defensive pressure and a faster offensive pace against the Skiers.
“And Sam [Blake] played great defense against their big girl [6-3 center Rebecca Anderson],” Whiting added.
Jill Evans paced Aspen’s offensive attack with nine points, prior to leaving the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter.
Gordon added nine while Kelli Dangler totaled five. Ellen Falender added four for the Skiers.
Nicole Reno contributed four points and a half-dozen rebounds, all coming in the second half.
After Hotchkiss on Friday, the Skiers return to the Skierdome Saturday against Cedaredge.
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