Aspen High teams end season with road losses
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School basketball teams closed out the season on the road this week.
But the Aspen boys nearly extended their season with a strong showing at league runner-up Grand Valley on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Western Slope District Tournament.
The Aspen boys pulled within three points of the Cardinals in the fourth quarter before Grand Valley eased out to a 74-64 victory in Parachute.
“We put up a good fight,” Aspen head coach Rolf Schildman said. “I was proud of the guys. They showed flashes of what they could do.”
He said the Skiers came from 10 points down in the fourth quarter.
“We had a lot of momentum. But a couple of mistakes here and there and they are up six, then seven.”
He said he was encouraged by the effort of the Skiers, who faced a state-ranked opponent in the Cardinals.
All-stater John Parker scored 27 points and teammate Gunnar Rigsby also scored 27 in the win over Aspen.
Jack Rosenthal, a senior, led Aspen with 26 points Tuesday night.
AJ Detrick added 16 points while Tristan Niskanen scored 12.
Will Hazen and James Kistner scored six points each for Aspen.
The Cardinals also enjoyed a huge advantage at the foul line Tuesday night as they improved to 17-3.
The Aspen boys finished the season 6-15.
Grand Valley’s boys will advance to the tournament semifinals and a Friday afternoon game against Basalt. The Longhorns dispatched Moffat County 63-42 on Tuesday night in Basalt.
They will play at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Grand Junction Central High School.
In girls basketball, the Aspen Skiers traveled to Craig to take on league-leader Moffat County on Tuesday night in a rematch of a game from last weekend.
The Bulldogs won 62-16 after leading 36-4 at halftime.
Mckenna Woodrow led Aspen with seven points.
Claire O’Sullivan added three points.
Marissa Buchholz, Claire Boronski and Jackie Smith added two points each for Aspen.
Morgan Lawton and Leah Camilletti scored 12 points each for Moffat County as the Bulldogs improved to 17-3.
The Aspen girls closed the year 1-19.
Moffat County will face Coal Ridge in the girls semifinals Friday at Grand Junction Central. The Coal Ridge girls ousted Gunnison on Tuesday night. Olathe will play the Grand Valley girls in the other semifinal.
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