Aspen girls dunk Battle Mt. |

Aspen girls dunk Battle Mt.

After dropping three consecutive games at the Steamboat Invitational last weekend, the Aspen High girls b-ball team rebounded Tuesday night with a convincing 15-point win over Battle Mountain in Vail.

Senior Leandra Sivess and junior Liz Floyd led Aspen with 11 points apiece. Aspen’s 15-5 run in the second quarter helped seal a 43-28 Skier victory.

“It was a good win, indeed,” said AHS coach Lance Finkbeiner. “We’re pretty pleased to have held ’em to 28 points.”

Aspen, which lost last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Steamboat, improved to 2-3 on the season.

“It’s good because we played well at the Steamboat tournament, and we played in some close games, but we didn’t get any wins. So it’s just good to get a win, especially against a Class 4A school. That’s always a big confidence booster.”

Floyd also pulled down 13 rebounds for Aspen, and had seven steals. “She had an amazing game,” said Finkbeiner.

Sivess also grabbed 10 rebounds, and senior Jeri Gerbaz sank three 3-pointers for nine on the day.

Tonight at Aspen High, the AHS girls and boys host Cedaredge to open their Class 3A Western Slope League schedules.

The girls varsity game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m. (Junior varsity games, boys and girls, get under way at 4 p.m.)

“Cedaredge is tough. For sure,” said Finkbeiner. “They were one of the top teams last year, and I don’t know that they lost much. They’ve got a great summer program, they work hard in the off-season, and they’re one of the [league] favorites again.”

Last season, Aspen and Cedaredge traded wins in two regular-season meetings. In Aspen, the Skiers eked out a one point win; on the road, Cedaredge was the one-point victor.

“The last several years we’ve had excellent match-ups with them, and we’re hoping for the same thing this year,” the coach said.

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