Preps: Aspen boys win at Olathe |

Preps: Aspen boys win at Olathe

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Basalt's Kaity Johnson is defended by Maddie Nieslanik, of the Rams, during Saturday's high school basketball game.
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After sputtering for three quarters, the Aspen High School boys basketball team hit the accelerator in the fourth quarter Saturday at Olathe.

The Skiers, who trailed 33-31 to a winless Olathe boys team, surged with an 18-4 run in the final period to beat the Pirates, 49-37.

“It was another first half … three quarters of futility,” Aspen head coach Steve Ketchum said. “But to our credit, the kids really played well in the fourth quarter. Evan Patzoldt, Clayton Crawford, Trent (Lichtenwalter), Levi (Wright) all played great.”

Ketchum said Ryan Scheidt hit two key free throws for the Skiers late in the game.

“Jack Rosenthal, a sophomore, hit a big 3. He played a lot of minutes,” Ketchum said, praising his second-half defense.

Crawford led all scorers with 18 points.

Patzoldt and Lichtenwalter added 12 points each as the Aspen boys improved to 7-2 overall, 6-0 in the Western Slope League.

They are ranked No. 6 in the state in Class 3A by

Olathe fell to 0-10, 0-7.

The Skiers will host Gunnison on Friday night in a key conference game.

In girls basketball Saturday, Olathe improved to 8-2 overall, 5-2 in league play with a 57-9 win over winless Aspen (0-9, 0-6).

The Aspen girls trailed 19-5 after the first quarter.

Basalt boys

The Basalt High School boys basketball team, with one of its best defensive performances of the year, lost a hard-fought 38-30 game to Roaring Fork on Saturday.

“Our defense kept us in the game,” Basalt head coach Danny Martinez said. “We just need … some shots to fall.”

He said the Longhorns fell behind in the third quarter when the Rams went on a 10-0 run.

But Basalt climbed back to within five points before Roaring Fork (4-5,4-2 in league) secured the eight-point victory.

Javier Huerta scored 10 points to lead the Longhorns.

Nick Calabro added eight points for the Basalt boys (0-8, 0-5).

“The guys are competing. I’m proud of my boys for how hard they’re playing and hard they work,” Martinez said.

In girls basketball, Roaring Fork topped Basalt, 67-27, behind 17 points from Maddie Nieslanik and 16 from Emily Fisher.