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Valley teams ready for Regional games

Aspen Times Staff Report

After stirring and successful showings at the District Basketball Tournament last weekend in Grand Junction, it’s on to the Regionals for a handful of the valley’s high school hoopsters.

Both Aspen teams advanced to the state’s Sweet 16 with a strong run in Grand Junction. The Skier boys knocked off Roaring Fork 49-46 in a tense semifinal matchup before falling to Eagle Valley 62-49 in the title game. District wins And Aspen’s girls took home the District crown with two big wins in Grand Junction.

First the Skiers trounced Roaring Fork 46-27 in the semifinals, and then they knocked off Basalt 45-30 in a final matchup that was close the entire way until Aspen connected on 11-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes.

The Aspen girls, 20-1 and seeded No. 5 after winning the District championship, will host their Regional matchup against Erie (14-8, No. 12) Saturday, March 4, at 5 p.m. at the Aspen Skierdome.

The Aspen boys, 17-5 and seeded No. 10, will have to travel, and then travel some more, to play in their Regional game. The Skiers will play at No. 7 seed La Junta, a 10-hour drive from Aspen to the southeast corner of Colorado. Game time is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Basalt girls Basalt’s girls won 48-35 in their semifinal game with Olathe before falling to Aspen in the championship. The 19-2 Longhorns qualified for the Regionals as the No. 8 seed with their runner-up finish at the District tourney.

They will also host a Regional game on Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Basalt High School against No. 9 Denver Christian.

Roaring Fork’s boys (14-8) rebounded from the loss to Aspen to defeat the Basalt boys 67-52 in the District consolation game and earn the final spot in the Regionals.

They will travel to Keenesburg in eastern Colorado to take on No. 1 seed Weld Central (21-1). That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Weld Central, the state 3A runnerup from a year ago.


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