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Aspen boys drop first league game with offensive blunders

Michael Appelgate
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – The Skiers have been able to shake off a few first-half slumps on offense this season.

They couldn’t overcome another Friday evening.

“This was the worst first-half offensive performance in my 14 years in Aspen,” said head coach Steve Ketchum.

According to Ketchum, his Skiers team had more turnovers (20) than points (19) in the first half, and the offensive struggles did not end there. Facing Olathe (10-5, 6-3), the Skiers lost their first league game of the season, 43-38, dropping their overall record to 12-4 (9-1 Western Slope 3A).

Riding a three-game winning streak, fresh off of a close win, 65-55, over Coal Ridge and a blowout win over Hotchkiss (52-28), the string came to an end. Ketchum said his offense could not handle the ball nor hit a layup when it needed to. His team missed 12 layups in the game and finished with 32 turnovers.

“We did nothing on offense,” Ketchum said. “We have three weeks to right the ship and we will bring the medicine on Monday in practice.”

The Skiers still remain at the top of the Western Slope standings after entering Friday’s game with a three-game lead over second-place Roaring Fork. But with just three games left in the regular season, Ketchum is hoping that his team can fix the ballhandling mistakes that culminated in defeat on Friday night.

That starts with retuning to the basics.

“On Monday, we will work on making a good pass and catching the ball,” Ketchum said. “If you’re not a good dribbler, don’t dribble. But we will bring the medicine to fix all of this on Monday.”

Stuck in fourth place in the middle of the Western Slope standings with a 5-4 league record, the Aspen girls faced off against the top team in the league, the Olathe Pirates.

Outscored in the first quarter 23-4, the Skiers could not make up the deficit and lost to the Pirates, 82-33. The loss drops the Skiers back to a .500 record at 8-8, 5-5 in the league. Olathe retained its standing at the top of the league, with a record of 9-0 against league opponents and 13-2 overall.