Preps: Aspen basketball holds off RF |

Preps: Aspen basketball holds off RF

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen High School boys basketball team, ranked No. 6 in the state in Class 3A by, hit the road Friday night for a gritty, low-scoring game at Roaring Fork in Carbondale.

The Skiers, with their lowest offensive output of the season, held on for a 36-33 victory.

“We survived, but we were just horrible,” Aspen head coach Steve Ketchum said, adding that the Skiers shot poorly from the field. “We missed nine layups in the first half.”

He said, however, that senior Patrick Martin sparked the Skiers off the bench Friday night.

“Patrick Martin played the game of his life,” Ketchum said, “He was getting rebounds, steals … assists. Patrick calmed everybody down.”

Ketchum said senior JJ Ready, coming off the bench, hit a key 3-pointer from the corner late in the game.

Trent Lichtenwalter scored 17 to lead the Skiers.

Clayton Crawford added 11.

“It was one of those nights in high school basketball,” Ketchum said. “But we survived.

The Skiers improved to 6-2 overall, 5-0 in the Western Slope League.

Roaring Fork moved to 4-3 and 2-2 in conference

The Skiers will travel to Olathe for a game today.

Basalt boys

Visiting Moffat County knocked off the Basalt boys, 62-36, on Friday night at the BHS gym.

The Bulldogs from Craig, who lost at Aspen last weekend, improved to 5-2 overall, 3-1 in the Western Slope League.

Basalt is 0-7, 0-4 in league.

The Longhorns will host rival Roaring Fork today in Basalt, looking for their first win of the season.

Roaring Fork lost, 36-33, to the Aspen boys on Friday night.

Girls basketball

Also Friday, the Moffat County girls rolled past Basalt, 99-19. Moffat County, with a win over Aspen last weekend, improved to 5-2 overall, 3-1 in the Western Slope League.

The Basalt girls fell to 0-6, 0-4 in league play.

The Basalt girls will host Roaring Fork today.


Resurrection Christian High School from Loveland rallied in the third period to beat Aspen, 4-2, in prep hokey on Friday night at the Lewis Ice Arena.

The Skiers led, 2-1, early. The Cougars tied the score and then went ahead late in the Foothills League game. Resurrection Christian improved to 6-4-1 overall, 3-3-1 in the Foothills League.

Aspen moved to 3-5-2, 1-3-1 in league play.

The Aspen hockey team will hit the road today for a game at Steamboat Springs.