‘Hard weekend’ in store for Ram girls in regionals
CARBONDALE – In part due to a loss three weeks ago, the Roaring Fork girls basketball team is extra focused headed into the Class 3A regional playoff rounds.”I actually think that was a good thing,” Megan Zeigel said of the Rams’ loss to Cedaredge, the only league loss of the season for 19-2 Roaring Fork. “It put things into focus for us and showed us we had to work that much harder as a team to win.”No. 2 seed Roaring Fork again has the homecourt advantage for the regional rounds and faces No. 7 Bennett (10-13) at 6 p.m. Friday at RFHS. The winner advances to Saturday’s regional championship game against the winner of the game between No. 3 Kent Denver (18-4) and No. 6 Roosevelt (13-10) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.”It’s going to be a hard weekend,” Zeigel said. “We can’t expect anything. We have to work 10 times harder.”Despite having lost just two games this season, Zeigel believes the team is on an upswing after capturing their second straight Class 3A Western Slope League district tournament title last week.”We’re all coming together as a team and we’re all peaking at the right moment,” Zeigel said. “We’re working really, really well together.”Zeigel paces the Rams with a shade under 12 points per game. Adding to the offense, three Roaring Fork guards – Whitney Campbell, Carly Velasquez and Ashley Jensen – have the ability to fill it up when called upon.Angel O’Connor leads Bennet with 11 points per outing.If the favorites win Friday – which is no guarantee in prep basketball – the Rams will face a tough Kent Denver squad in the regional championship Saturday. Cambrie Nelson is the high scorer for Kent Denver’s balanced attack with 10 points per game.Longhorns look for a big upsetThe Basalt girls basketball team doesn’t have an easy regional opener.The Longhorns (8-14) take on one of Class 3A’s top teams in No. 1 seed Faith Christian (21-2) at 4 p.m. Friday.And, just to stack the odds a little more against Basalt, the game is on Faith Christian’s home floor in Arvada.The Metro League Eagles, who posted a 58-41 victory over the Longhorns early in the season, have won eight straight games, including the District 4 championship last week.Obviously, Basalt will need some season-best performances. Deanna Spracher is the top offensive threat for the ‘Horns, and Lindsey Soucie can be a force inside with the right matchup. Faith has a pair of high-powered scorers in Brittany Long (14.7 ppg) and Cristen Wall (14.4). The winner faces the winner of the game between Lamar (17-5) and Yuma (14-9) Saturday at Faith Christian.
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