One Hale of an effort
Aspen Times Staff Writer
The Aspen High girls basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend, led by senior Mur Hale, who drained six three-pointers in a win over Olathe.
Friday’s 62-39 victory against visiting Olathe came during AHS Senior Night.
“They hung with us for most of the game – at halftime [AHS led] 25-23,” said Skiers coach Lance Finkbeiner. “We just had a big third quarter and pretty much put them away.”
It seemed appropriate that Hale, possibly playing her last game at the Skierdome, tied the school record for most three-pointers in a game. She now shares the record of six with former Skier Corey Reno.
High scorers for the game included Hale and fellow seniors Lizzy Suiter and Lacee Patterson, who both contributed 19 points to Friday’s game.
The Skiers also celebrated the return of senior Kelly Waldron, who was injured last month during a game against top league rival Cedaredge. Waldron was able to play nearly three quarters of Friday’s game with a guard to protect her broken nose.
On Saturday, a trip to Paonia resulted in a 49-38 loss for AHS. Finkbeiner attributed the loss to poor shooting.
“We just did not play very well offensively. We struggled,” Finkbeiner said. “Our defense was OK, but we had quite a few turnovers and had problems scoring.”
Suiter led scoring with 17, and Hale racked up three additional three-pointers to end the game with nine points.
The Skiers have one last game before entering district tournament competition next week. On Saturday, AHS travels to Gunnison, with district play beginning the following Tuesday.
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Peter Arnold’s playing career ended after high school, but his time on the ice continues a few decades later. A longtime USA Hockey official and new Aspen resident, Arnold is searching for the next generation of hockey referees among the youth ranks here in the Roaring Fork Valley.