Girls basketball: Olathe powers past Aspen
The Aspen Times
The Olathe High School girls basketball team didn’t waste any time Friday night.
The Pirates, ranked No. 9 in Class 3A by coloradopreps.com, jumped out to a fast start and then made themselves right at home in the Aspen High School gymnasium.
The Olathe girls, unbeaten in the Western Slope League, blitzed the Aspen girls with a 20-0 advantage in the first quarter. The Pirates eventually recorded a 68-13 victory to improve to 3-0 in league play, 7-1 overall.
Ten different Pirates scored in the game, led by Taylor Gibson with 12 points.
Theresa Tafoya added 11 for the visiting Pirates.
And Payton Grett scored 10.
Two other Pirates, Amanda Kinterknecht and Taylor Brown, scored eight points each.
The Skiers, who opened the conference season with a win at Roaring Fork last weekend, finally broke into the scoring column Friday early in the second period with a basket from Marissa Buchholz.
But Olathe answered with back-to-back baskets by Gibson and Kinterknecht.
By halftime, the Pirates led 35-5.
The Skiers, battling against the defensive pressure of Olathe, picked up baskets by McKenna Woodrow, Jessica Coxon and Cliara Sanchez in the third quarter.
Claire Boronski and Sanchez scored again in the fourth.
Sanchez and Coxon led the Skiers with four points each as they fell to 1-1 in conference, 1-5 overall.
Olathe, after the 20-point first quarter, put up 15 in the second and 19 in the third.
The Pirates’ only loss this season came in a nonconference game at Cedaredge.
The Aspen girls will travel to Parachute on Saturday to take on Grand Valley at 2:30 p.m.
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