AHS girls win, build steam | AspenTimes.com

AHS girls win, build steam

Steve Benson
Aspen junior Carly Magill (5) tosses a pass over the head of Hotchkiss sophomore Amber Barnes during second-half action at the Skierdome Saturday afternoon. Aspen Times photo/Paul Conrad.

After a tough Friday night loss to Cedaredge, Aspen High’s girls’ basketball team rebounded with a big win over Hotchkiss at home on Saturday. The Skiers won 41-23 behind senior Liz Floyd’s game high 17 points. Brittany Fortier, a junior, followed with 14 points.

“I’m happy, this was a great response,” said a smiling head coach Dave Conarroe after the game. “We won every quarter, we did everything we needed to do to win.”It’s very gratifying to see them play like this.” Aspen dominated from the start, leading 8-1 after the first quarter and 19-14 at the half. They ran away from Hotchkiss in the second half, and led 28-19 after three quarters.

“They played with great defensive intensity and offensive execution,” Conarroe said. Conarroe said the key was shutting down Hotchkiss’ star scorer, junior Ashley Burke, who was held to just seven points. Burke led Hotchkiss to a 47-43 win over Aspen on Jan. 15, scoring 17 points.

“This was a nice solid win,” Conarroe said. Aspen is now 3-5 in the Western Slope Conference and 8-7 overall. Conarroe feels good about their progress and their position in the conference with only four games left in the regular season. But those final four games won’t be a cake walk, Conarroe added. Aspen faces rival Basalt at home on Tuesday night, before playing Roaring Fork – undefeated in the conference – Gunnison and Olathe.

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