Cedaredge fright-night for Skier girls | AspenTimes.com

Cedaredge fright-night for Skier girls

Down two points with less than two minutes to play, the Aspen High girls basketball team was on the verge of a great comeback against Cedaredge Thursday night in Aspen.

But Cedaredge held their ground, beating the Skiers 42-38.

With key players Carly Magill and Leandra Sivess both getting into foul trouble early, the Skiers were playing catch-up all night. And despite the rally, Aspen head coach Lance Finkbeiner wasn’t pleased.

“We played poorly, we played sloppy, we played scared,” Finkbeiner said.

Finkbeiner said Magill’s and Sivess’ foul trouble forced him to use players who don’t have a lot of experience together.

“When the pressure was on, they folded,” he said.

Both Magill, a sophomore, and Sivess, a senior, fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Aspen’s Liz Floyd, a junior, led the way, scoring 11 points.

Sophomore Carly Rosen and senior Alex Bethel followed with nine points, and eight, respectively.

Heading into the half, the Skiers trailed 22-21, but the Bruins lead had stretched to seven, 32-25, by the end of the third quarter. The Skiers fought back in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 35-33 with two minutes remaining, before Cedaredge’s Amber Koroshetz took control.

Koroshetz scored a game-high 17 points and forced several key turnovers in the waning moments of the game.

Finkbeiner, however, felt his girls didn’t play up to their potential.

“We don’t have any confidence, we played scared down the stretch,” he said. “It was very disappointing.”

Finkbeiner said his team was hesitant, afraid of making mistakes, but he was optimistic they’ll gain confidence and improve.

“Things will fall into place,” he said.

The Skiers are off until Jan. 9, when they host Roaring Fork.

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