AHS girls complete sweep of ‘Horns
Junior guard Carly Rosen knocked down four 3-pointers and senior forward Liz Floyd added 12 points of her own to lift the Aspen High girls basketball team over Basalt 47-37 Tuesday night at the AHS gym.Coupled with an earlier win at Basalt, last night’s victory marked Aspen’s first two-game sweep of the Lady Longhorns during regular-season Class 3A Western Slope League play in as long as local hoops observers could remember.”I don’t know that we’ve ever swept Basalt in league play,” said Lance Finkbeiner, who stepped down as head coach this season after a five-year run at the helm of the Skiers.
Aspen led by 16 points through the first half, 28-12, and kept Basalt in a like-sized hole throughout the second half. Basalt cut the final deficit to 12 points with two field-goals with less than 30 seconds to play.Aspen improved to 9-7 overall and 4-5 in 3A WSL play. Basalt dropped to 6-10 overall and 5-4 in league.Aspen junior guard Carly Magill had nine points, and junior forwards Corie Thompson and Brittany Fortier had seven apiece. Sophomore forward Allison Brumet led the ‘Horns with 13 points, and junior forward Lindsey Soucie had seven.”The kids played great defense and they maintained their composure on offense for the most part,” said Aspen coach Dave Conarroe. “And we took advantage of what they gave us.”
Conarroe cited Rosen’s effectiveness from perimeter with helping to “opening things up inside” for Floyd and Thompson.”But it all boils down to the defensive end setting the tone,” he continued. “We couldn’t stop everything but we did a pretty good job. I’m pleased with our effort.”After the game, Basalt coach Terry Kappeli declined comment.”I’ve got nothing to say,” he said.
Aspen has three regular season games remaining – at home against Roaring Fork on Friday at 5:30 p.m., then on the road Feb. 18-19 at Gunnison and Olathe.”We’re shooting for a winning record through these last four games, and we’ve started off 1-0 so that puts us in good shape,” said Conarroe.Basalt, meanwhile, hosts Olathe at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The following weekend, Basalt hosts Cedaredge on Friday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m., then hits the road for the regular-season finale at Hotchkiss on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m.Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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