End of the line for Aspen girls hoops
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE ” Something clicked with Roaring Fork’s girls basketball team at halftime of Monday’s 3A Western Slope League district tournament play-in game.
Down 21-19 to visiting Aspen at halftime, the Rams simply decided they didn’t want their season to end.
“They decided they wanted it,” Roaring Fork head coach Nancy Zeigel said. “They put their heart and soul into it and played some of the best defense they’ve played.”
Zeigel’s group held the Skiers to just five points in the third quarter and then put eight of the first 11 points on the board in the fourth, setting the table for a 46-39 win over the Skiers in the meeting of the district tournament’s eighth- and ninth-seeded teams.
The win sends the Rams (4-16) to Olathe on Wednesday, where they will face the league-champion Pirates in the district quarterfinals.
Aspen’s loss closed the door on the season for the Skiers (5-15).
“We had a two-point lead at halftime and, what can I say, the girls fought hard,” Aspen coach Jeremy Haack said. “We knew it’d be a tough game.”
Shea Courtney’s double-double performance of 15 points and 11 rebounds fueled the Rams, who also got 12 points from Alli Zeigel and 10 points from Maria Flores.
Aspen’s Lindsey Anderson led all scorers with 19 points. She scored seven straight points late in the second quarter ” and nine of her team’s 11 total points in the frame ” to put the Skiers on top at the break.
“She did a great job of getting steals off the press and converting layups,” Haack said.
Georgia Lipkin added eight points for Aspen and Kyle Westerlind had six for the Skiers, who will look to make strides next season.
“We’ve got four returning juniors next year that saw significant playing time,” said Haack, who wrapped his second year as Aspen’s head coach. “And we’re counting on some of the younger kids to commit themselves in the offseason.”
Meanwhile, the Rams are hoping to keep their offseason on the distant horizon and make some noise as a district tourney darkhorse.
“We keep saying that this is our second season,” Zeigel said. “Our first season we didn’t come out on top. Hopefully the second part of the season we can do something.”
Wednesday’s game at Olathe tips off at 7 p.m.
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