Big weekend of basketball |

Big weekend of basketball

Steve Benson
Aspen Times Staff Writer

After an embarrassing 63-21 loss to Roaring Fork at home Friday night, the Aspen High boys basketball team rebounded Saturday with an impressive 54-46 win at Hotchkiss.

“The good news is the guys were so disappointed and humiliated by their own performance, or lack of it, that they turned around the next day and responded,” Steve Ketchum, Aspen’s head coach, said Sunday night.

“They played great at Hotchkiss; we got a big win over there.”

The Skiers are now 3-4 overall, and 2-1 in conference play.

Ketchum said nobody shined Friday night, but several players stepped up Saturday.

Senior Aaron Parada scored a team-high 14 points, with Brock Strasbourger, a junior, and senior Moss Schermerhorn, following with 11 points, and 10, respectively.

Aspen travels to Eagle Valley Friday night and hosts Basalt Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

AHS girls struggle

Aspen High’s girl’s basketball team continued to struggle this past weekend, losing two games to remain winless in conference play.

The Skiers lost to Roaring Fork 55-46 Friday night, and to Hotchkiss, 42-39, in a tough road game Saturday. They’ve fallen to 2-6 overall, and 0-3 in the conference.

“It was a disappointing weekend,” said Lance Finkbeiner, Aspen’s head coach. “We have a poor record, but we’ve played really good teams.”

Finkbeiner said the combined record of AHS opponents is 32-7.

The Skiers travel to Eagle Valley Friday night, and host rival Basalt Saturday.

Basalt boys break losing streak

Heading into the holiday break last month, the Basalt boys basketball team had yet to win a game.

Maybe the break was just what they needed, as the Longhorns came out of their slumber with back-to-back wins Friday and Saturday night.

Basalt beat Olathe 62-50 Friday, and Gunnison 48-42 Saturday, to erase the zero from their win column and bounce their record up to 2-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

“It was something we definitely needed,” said Mike Green, Basalt’s head coach. “It was a big buildup.”

Cody Burkholder, a junior, stole the show Friday night with a game-high 27 points.

Burkholder led the way again with 14 points, while Ben Pollock, a sophomore, and Clayton Peetz, a junior, contributed with 13 points and 12, respectively.

The Longhorns host Cedaredge Friday before heading up to Aspen for a game with the Skiers Saturday night.

Basalt girls playing hot

Following losses to Rifle and Faith Christian in their first two games of the season, the Basalt Lady Longhorns basketball team has exploded and become one of the hottest teams in the state.

The girls have not lost since Dec. 6, and are in the midst of a six-game winning streak.

On Friday night, after a three-week holiday break, the Lady Longhorns resumed their domination, beating Olathe 53-31 on the road. The following night, Basalt put up the same amount of points, crushing Gunnison 53-19.

Senior Lauren Redfern and junior Deanna Spracher each scored 23 points over the weekend. Brittany Pollock, a senior, had a team-high 13 points Friday and scored 20 over the weekend.

The Lady Longhorns host Cedaredge Friday night before traveling to Aspen for a 4 p.m. game Saturday.