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Aspen girls lose nail biter

Steve Benson
Aspens Carly Magill, a junior, makes a move toward the basket during Saturdays game against Gunnison. Aspen Times photo/Jim Noelker.
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You can look at the string of losses plaguing the Aspen High girls basketball team in two ways: the good is that they have a shot to win almost every game; the bad is that they seldom do. The Skiers lost another close game at home Saturday, this time to Gunnison. Head coach Dave Conarroe said the 36-34 loss was reminiscent of four other games Aspen has recently lost.”We’ve lost a lot of games this way,” he said. “We could easily be 10-2 right now.” Instead, Aspen is 6-6.

Aspen lead Gunnison 16-14 at the half, but they fought from behind throughout most of the second half. Gunnison appeared to be in control leading by five points with a little over two minutes remaining in the game, but Aspen kept clawing. With 37 seconds left, the game was tied at 34. Aspen had several chances to take the lead but couldn’t sink a basket. “We’ve got to shoot better in the end,” Conarroe said. Gunnison then sunk two free throws to take a 36-34 lead with seven seconds remaining. After a time out, Aspen’s Carly Rosen, a junior, missed a three pointer. Senior leader Liz Floyd snagged the rebound and threw up a shot just before the buzzer that bounced off the rim twice before falling to the floor.

Floyd led Aspen in scoring with nine points, followed by junior Brittany Fortier, who had seven. Rosen and junior Corie Thompson each had six points. Conarroe was pleased with the last-ditch effort, but not with the Skiers intensity throughout the game.”Down the stretch, we’ve got to maintain an intensity level,” he said. Conarroe was puzzled by Saturday’s loss, especially after Friday night’s big win over rival Basalt on the road.

“It was a great team effort, a big win,” he said. “We just couldn’t carry it over to today.” Aspen hosts Olathe this Friday. “We know what we’ve got to do,” Conarroe said. “I still like our chances.” Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com


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