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Skiers lose one, win one

Ben Husband and Courtney Brinkerhoff

It was an up-and-down weekend for the Aspen High School girls basketball team.

Friday night, the Skiers were stunned in a 61-53 loss to Battle Mountain in Eagle-Vail.

But Saturday, the Skiers rebounded with a 58-45 win over Meeker at the Skierdome. With the win, the Skiers tied a school record by going undefeated at home in league play this year.

The split-decision weekend leaves Aspen tied for third place with Roaring Fork in the Western Slope Conference standings at 7-2 (12-4 overall). The Rams are 11-6 overall.

Basalt’s Longhorns, who lost to Rangely Friday and defeated Roaring Fork Saturday, are in second at 8-2 (9-6 overall). Both teams trail league-leader Rangely, 9-0 (16-1) overall. The Panthers are ranked third in the state Class 3A polls.

Aspen will travel to Carbondale Friday to face Roaring Fork and to Basalt Saturday to play the red-hot Longhorns in the season finale for both teams.

“We are going to have to play with the same intensity next weekend that we did against Meeker,” AHS coach Brent Waldron said.

The defending 3A District and Regional champion Skiers are hoping to get back to the State Tournament.

“That’s the challenge these girls have right now,” Waldron said.

After Friday’s loss, Waldron said the win over Meeker was “one of the best games of the season for this team.

“We looked for the open man and we shot the ball,” he added.

Junior Rebecca Anderson had a career night with 16 points.

“Rebecca stepped up and was real dominant for us,” coach Waldron said. “She established herself as a strong player.

“She played like I knew she could,” Waldron said.

Fellow junior Jill Evans connected for three 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 13 points.

Evans and Kelli Dangler led Aspen in Friday’s loss with 15 points each while sophomore Ellen Falender added 12 points. Boys continue to roll Off to its best start ever, the Aspen High School boys basketball team continues to put up big wins and big numbers.

Last weekend, the Skiers collected two more Western Slope Conference wins by defeating Battle Mountain and Meeker.

The two wins lift Aspen to a three-way tie for first place with Roaring Fork and Eagle Valley in the WSC standings at 8-1 entering the final week of the season.

Aspen will travel to Carbondale to face Roaring Fork Friday and then travel to the Big House Saturday to face Basalt in the Skiers’ final game of the regular season.

Eagle Valley’s Devils, who defeated Aspen earlier this season, will travel to Carbondale Thursday to face Roaring Fork in the Devils’ regular-season finale.

If Aspen can win both games and Roaring Fork defeats Eagle Valley, the Skiers will be in excellent shape to win the league title.

“We are in control of our own destiny right now,” AHS coach Steve Ketchum said. “Our goal now is to win our next two games.

“But we know that they are going to be our toughest of the season,” he continued. ” This is where we need to play our best ball.”

Senior Ryan Kerr led Aspen in Friday’s 70-36 win over Battle Mountain’s Huskies with 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Lucas Farrell and Harris each scored nine points.

In Saturday’s 78-47 win over Meeker, Farrell and senior center Stefan Koenes had “their breakout performances,” said Ketchum.

Koenes led all scorers with 26 points while Farrell added 22 points and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

“Those two had their best games of the year,” Ketchum said. “They both just played great.”

For more coverage on the Skiers see Friday’s Aspen Times weekly sports section.

(Editors note: Courtney Brinkerhoff is a senior at Aspen High School working on a nine-month internship with The Aspen Times).

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