AHS girls overcome Battle Mountain
Four Skiers scored in double digits as the Aspen High girls basketball team came alive in the second half to overcome Vail’s Battle Mountain 47-33 Tuesday night at the AHS gym.After struggling through the first half, the Skiers found their rhythm in the second, including a 20-point outburst in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.Aspen junior point guard Carly Magill hit 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch as Battle Mountain resorted to fouling late, while junior forward Corie Thompson added an impressive three-point play and junior guard Carly Rosen nailed a three-pointer to ignite the fourth-quarter run.
Thompson led Aspen with 12 points. Magill and senior forward Liz Floyd had 11 points each, and junior forward Brittany Fortier netted 10.Battle Mountain’s Meagan Reigel led all scorers with 14 points.Aspen improved to 4-2 overall on the season, while Battle Mountain dropped to 2-2.”We got it together in the second half and pulled it off,” said Magill. “We’re still trying to find things that work for us, but we always seem to find a way.”
Aspen trailed 10-8 after the first quarter and 20-19 at halftime. A powerful move in the post by Thompson with 3:22 to play in the third quarter gave Aspen its first lead, 23-22, and a nice put-back by Floyd with a minute left lifted Aspen to a 27-25 advantage heading into the fourth.Then Rosen connected with a three-pointer, Magill got hot from the charity stripe and Fortier, Thompson and Floyd took charge in the paint.”Nice balanced scoring,” said Aspen coach Dave Conarroe. “We just weren’t moving well in the first half. We made some adjustments on defense, and just seemed to pick it up in the second.
“I can’t be too disappointed because we turned it on when we needed to. And I was pleased with our effort down the stretch. We didn’t let ’em hang around.”Aspen travels to face Rangely in another nonleague match Thursday night. Then Aspen is off for the holiday break until a Jan. 8 home game against Cedaredge.Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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