Dolores leads Aspen girls to first league win |

Dolores leads Aspen girls to first league win

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE ” Rebecca Dolores didn’t pack quite the scoring punch Walker Abrahamovich did in his return to Carbondale, but she found other ways to contribute as the Skier girls won their first league game.

And, despite a minor case of the jitters, Dolores enjoyed lacing up against her former teammates.

“I was really nervous playing against my old friends, but it felt good,” said Dolores, who spent her freshman and sophomore years at Roaring Fork before transferring to Aspen.

Dolores held a spot on Aspen’s varsity roster last season, though she wasn’t a starter back then. She is now, and her Tuesday minutes proved mighty valuable.

Her three third-quarter assists helped spark a 12-0 Aspen run that spanned the final 3:46 of the frame and turned a 21-all tie into a 33-21 Skier advantage heading into the fourth.

That rally answered a big Roaring Fork push to start the half. Emerging from intermission down 18-13, the scrappy Rams, who suited only six varsity players because a rash of injuries, scored eight of the third quarter’s first 11 points to knot the game up.

“They hustled all the way to the end,” first-year Roaring Fork coach Nancy Zeigel said. “It’s hard to keep that up for four quarters.”

Zeigel’s assessment was spot on. The Rams (0-8, 0-6) threw their bodies all over the floor in an attempt to hang with the Skiers.

Kathy Vega led Roaring Fork with eight points. Alli Zeigel chipped in with seven and Joey Clingan and Mireya Gutierrez added six points apiece.

Lindsey Anderson fronted the charge for Aspen (3-6, 1-5) with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while Kylie Westerlind struck for 10 points, six rebounds and six blocks and freshman Bailey Everhart score nine points and grabbed eight boards in just her third varsity game.

Skiers coach Jeremy Haack credited a defense that held Roaring Fork to just a single point in the second quarter.

“I thought we had a great defensive performance,” Haack said. “That’s what we needed to do.”

Both Aspen teams return to the floor Friday at home against Basalt, while Roaring Fork plays host to Meeker in a non-league contest.

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