Girls basketball: Aspen falls to Rams in thriller
The Aspen Times
The Roaring Fork girls turned the tables on the Aspen Skiers on Saturday afternoon.
The visiting Roaring Fork High School girls basketball team sealed its fate at the foul line in a thrilling 27-24 win over the Aspen girls in a game that was close from start to finish.
The teams, who played a similar nail-biter in Carbondale last month, were never separated by more than four points Saturday with Roaring Fork leading 6-4 after the first quarter and 10-8 at halftime.
The Rams, behind seven third-quarter points from Cindy Salinas, carried a 20-16 lead into the fourth quarter — their biggest lead of the game.
The Skiers, who played a much more dynamic game than in Friday’s loss to Moffat County, battled back behind the hustling play of McKenna Woodrow, who had been limited by foul trouble earlier.
She scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter as the Skiers battled in an effort to beat the Roaring Fork girls for a second time this season.
Aspen won a 2-point thriller in the Rams’ home gym on Jan. 9.
Woodrow’s putback basket kept the Skiers close in the fourth.
And a basket by Claire O’Sullivan off a pass from Marissa Buchholz pulled the Skiers to within 21-20 with 5:27 to play.
Woodrow hit a turnaround jumper, and her two free throws with 52 seconds to play tied the score 24-24.
But those would be the last points for the Skiers.
And Roaring Fork got foul shots from Ashley Hall and Emily Fisher to close out the league victory in the Aspen gym.
Salinas, who sat out the fourth quarter with an ankle injury, scored 13 points to lead all scorers.
Lily Ramos added six points for the Roaring Fork girls.
Fisher scored four as the Rams improved to 4-10 overall, 3-6 in the Western Slope League.
Woodrow led Aspen with six points, matching Jess Furr.
O’Sullivan and Megan Hanson scored four points each.
Jess Coxon and Buchholz also had baskets for the Skiers — 1-7 in league, 1-12 overall.
The Aspen girls will travel to Gunnison and Olathe for games next Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The Roaring Fork girls will play at Grand Valley in Parachute next Friday night.
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