Girls basketball: Gunnison shuts down Aspen offense

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The Aspen girls scramble for the basketball during Friday night's game against visiting Gunnison. Skiers in the play include Jessica Furr (5), Simone Lamont (15) and Marissa Buchholz (12).
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The Gunnison High School girls basketball team packed its pesky defense for the trip to Aspen on Friday.

Holding the Aspen girls to single-digit scoring in all four quarters, the Gunnison girls recorded a 38-20 Western Slope League victory at the AHS gym.

Led by freshman Murphy Sloan, who led all scorers with 12 points, the Gunnison girls improved to 4-9 on the season, 2-6 in league play.

Teammates Shannon Murphy and Dani Sphor scored six points each for the Cowgirls. Sphor’s points came on two 3-pointers.

Alex Lovato added five points as did Jarren Hoard for the balanced Gunnison girls. Five different Gunnison players scored in the opening quarter alone.

Cliara Sanchez led Aspen with eight points and seven rebounds.

Mckenna Woodrow scored four for the AHS girls.

Claire O’Sullivan, Marissa Buchholz, Claire Boronski and Simone Lamont each scored two for the Skiers.

Aspen moved to 1-12 on the season, 0-8 in the Western Slope League.

The Aspen girls will host powerhouse Olathe at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Skiers will play at Coal Ridge on Tuesday, Feb. 9, before traveling to Grand Valley on Feb. 12 and Gunnison on Feb. 13.

Aspen will host rival Basalt on Feb. 19 before Moffat County visits on Feb. 20.