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AHS’ Suiter has big weekend in S’boat

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

The injury of a key player made for a tough tournament for the Aspen High School girls hoops squad.

The girls traveled to Steamboat Springs this weekend for the annual Steamboat Shoot-Out, a growing tournament that pulls teams from as far away as Tennessee. In their first matchup of the weekend, Aspen drew host Steamboat Springs, a tough 4A squad that built a 5-0 record during the three-day tournament. The Skiers held their own, Finkbeiner said, despite losing a key starter during an early play.

In the first two minutes of the Thursday night game, junior starter Leandra Sivess dove for a loose ball, slid into a row of bleachers and cracked a rib. Sivess ? “literally, one of our best players,” coach Lance Finkbeiner said ? will likely be out until late January.

AHS couldn’t recover after Sivess’ injury, eventually falling 62-47. Senior Lizzie Suiter led the team with a double double ? 24 points and 10 rebounds.

On Friday, AHS moved on to face 4A rival Conifer, a frequent opponent on the Skiers’ tournament schedule. Though Conifer’s larger team has always disappointed Aspen in the past, the Skiers managed a fourth-quarter push and a 61-53 win.

“In all the time we’ve played them, we’ve never, ever beat them ? and we finally got them,” Finkbeiner said.

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Suiter was again high scorer with 20 points and 16 rebounds, followed by senior Tara Walker with 12 points ? including a crucial six points in the final quarter.

“She was 6-for-6 on free throws when the game was on the line,” Finkbeiner said.

Skier Cassie Margaretten also recorded 10 points.

On Saturday, the Skiers suffered a “major disappointment” and began to feel Sivess’ loss ? a 45-39 defeat by downvalley rival Roaring Fork. Though the Carbondale team had a tough weekend ? the team suffered a mild case of carbon monoxide poisoning while spending the night in a Steamboat condo ? the Rams rebounded to salvage their tournament appearance.

“They didn’t seem too tired to us,” Finkbeiner said.

Though Roaring Fork surprised Aspen with a quick recovery, Finkbeiner credited the performance of freshman guard Carly Magill. Magill held one of the Rams’ top players to two points.

Suiter led scoring with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Walker recorded nine points, and teammate Alex Bethel had eight points.

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