Aspen boys basketball faces Coal Ridge today |

Aspen boys basketball faces Coal Ridge today

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The season continues for some; it’s over for others.

This is tournament time in Colorado high school basketball.

For the Aspen Skiers and the Basalt Longhorns, it’s Western Slope District Tournament time.

The Aspen High School boys basketball team, 17-3 and ranked No. 7 in Class 3A by, will play on.

The Skiers will play in the District Tournament semifinals today at 4:45 p.m. against Coal Ridge (11-9) at Palisade High School.

The Aspen boys opened the tournament with a 51-28 quarterfinal victory over Basalt on Tuesday night.

In the other boys semifinal at Palisade at 8:15 p.m. today, No. 2 seed Moffat County (16-4) will play No. 3 seed Grand Valley (13-7).

Moffat County is ranked No. 6 in the poll.

Both Moffat County and Grand Valley won quarterfinals earlier this week. Moffat County scorched No. 7 Cedaredge 97-49 in Craig. And Grand Valley knocked off No. 6 Gunnison 61-47.

In tournament consolation games Thursday night, the season came to an end for the Basalt boys.

Jack Fisher and Dwayne Yin each scored a game-high 12 points for Roaring Fork’s boys, who advanced to the fifth-place game of the Western Slope District Tournament with a 52-30 victory over Basalt in Carbondale.

Ben Jenkins added 10 points for the Rams (10-11 overall), who play for the tournament’s fifth and final 3A regional tournament berth at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Palisade High School.

Basalt (3-18), which got eight points from Kris Krueger and six from freshman Michael Glen, fought to stay in the game. After Roaring Fork took a 36-10 lead halfway through the third quarter, the Longhorns went on a 12-4 run to pull within 40-22 near the end of the quarter.

The Rams, however, buckled down on defense and pulled away with six unanswered points in the first 3 minutes of the fourth quarter.

Also Thursday, Cedaredge (7-13) was scheduled to play at Gunnison (6-14) in the boys consolation bracket.

The top five teams will advance to the Class 3A Regionals March 7-8.

The boys Western Slope District Tournament third-place game is set for 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Palisade High School.

The boys championship game will start at 5:45 p.m. Saturday in Palisade.

Girls basketball

The season came to an end Thursday night for the Aspen High School girls basketball team.

The Skiers, who had opened the District Tournament with a thrilling 28-27 win over Basalt, lost at Coal Ridge 78-34 on Thursday. The Skiers had dropped a 63-25 quarterfinal game at Grand Valley on Tuesday night.

The Aspen girls finished the year 2-20, with both victories coming in the final two weeks of the season.

Coal Ridge improved to 13-8 with the win over the Aspen girls.

Coal Ridge will take on either Cedaredge (14-6) or Roaring Fork (4-16) in the girls consolation final in Palisade on Saturday morning to determine the fifth regional qualifier among the girls teams.

In the girls semifinals set for today in Palisade, No. 1 Grand Valley (16-4) will take on No. 4 seed Moffat County (14-6). And No. 2 Olathe (16-4) will take on No. 6 Gunnison (8-12).

The Gunnison girls upset No. 3 Cedaredge 42-39 on Tuesday night.

Olathe advanced with a 54-41 win over the Roaring Fork girls.

The Moffat County girls beat Coal Ridge 52-35 in the quarterfinals while Grand Valley took care of Aspen 63-25.

The tournament third-place and championship games will be played Saturday at Palisade High School.

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