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Aspen girls outgun Gunnison

Nate Peterson

It wasn’t pretty, but after a tough loss to rival Basalt Friday night, the Aspen girls basketball team was happy to get a 41-31 win against Gunnison Saturday.The Skiers led by as much as 17 early in the third quarter, before sloppy play allowed the Cowgirls to get back in the game.When Gunnison senior Jessica Fairless stole a pass intended for Aspen’s Carly Magill and converted a lay-up to pull her within six in the fourth, Aspen coach Dave Conarroe switched his strategy. Instead of trying to score, the Skiers played possession basketball and forced Gunnison to foul in the game’s final minutes. The last two minutes looked more like a roller derby than a high school basketball game.”We kind of got attacked,” said Aspen senior point Carly Magill, who had 14 points in the win. “They’re big girls, and it doesn’t help when the refs don’t call everything. They would just do anything to get the ball, even if you were right in front of it.”Added Conarroe: “We’ve got to find a way to play with a little more confidence when the other team has nothing to lose.”The Skiers sizeable lead in the first half was due in large part to the sharp shooting of senior Carly Rosen, who finished with game-high 18 points. Just like Friday night in the loss to the Longhorns, Rosen buried four 3-pointers.While the rest of Skiers weren’t stellar from the foul line, Rosen and Magill shot well enough to keep the game from getting any closer when Gunnison decided to foul every time an Aspen player touched the ball. Both were six-for-nine from the stripe and Magill sank three out of four foul shots in the final 30 seconds.When the final buzzer sounded, Gunnison had committed 19 fouls, including two technical fouls from coach Kevin Mickelson. In the final 10 seconds, Magill was swatted on the arm by two Gunnison players, but the refs didn’t blow a whistle just to get the game finished.”We need to work a little more on getting in shape,” Rosen said of the second-half letdown. “I think we just let it get to us. We were winning and we were excited, then we struggled, but we managed to pull it out when it got close.”Senior Brittany Fortier added five points for the Skiers. Aspen (4-8) next hosts Olathe Friday at 8 p.m.

The Basalt girls basketball team won its fifth-straight league game Saturday, a 58-42 defeat of Cedaredge, to improve to 10-1 overall . Junior Cassie Meyer led the Longhorns with 14 points in what was a strong team performance. Senior Lindsey Soucie added eight points, as did sophomore Dayne Toney, and juniors Katy Mulcahy and Annie Schwener each had five. Basalt had a 13-6 lead after the first quarter, and was cruising with a 35-11 advantage at halftime before choking down a bit in the second half. The Bruins were led by Shorty Ramos, who sank eight of 10 free-throws to finish with 16 points. Basalt next plays Friday at Hotchkiss at 6 p.m.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com


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