Roaring Fork girls get best of Aspen, 45-26
CARBONDALE – The Roaring Fork girls’ 45-26 Western Slope League basketball win over the visiting Aspen Skiers Friday night looked good in the end.But the Rams had to survive a couple of lengthy scoring droughts while keeping the defensive pressure up to earn their sixth win of the season.”We got to 22 points in a hurry, and then how many two-footers did we miss?” Roaring Fork coach Kirk Cheney said. “It’s all about a team effort, and who’s going to step up. And we had some players do that for us tonight.”The Rams (3-1, 6-4) opened a commanding 22-6 lead halfway through the second quarter, but could only manage four more points until midway through the third.”That really changes the complexion of a game, from winning it going away to letting them get back into it,” Cheney said.But the Skiers had their own problems on the offensive end and could never climb through the open window.Aspen (3-6, 0-2) pulled to within 11 points at 33-22 with 4:23 to play in the game. After a Rams’ timeout, sophomore Celeste Comings sparked just enough Roaring Fork offense to keep the game in hand.Comings – who along with Aspen’s Carly Magill finished with a game-high 11 points – scored a quick bucket to make it 35-22. Another Comings layup two minutes later made it 37-22.Tough defensive play by Rams sophomore Rebecca Roeber held Aspen senior Brittany Fortier to 8 points.”We were just not very good shooters tonight,” Aspen coach Dave Conarroe said. “We can do it in practice, but then we get in a game and we can’t. We’ve got to learn to make plays against quality defenses.”In league action Thursday night at Olathe, the Roaring Fork girls won 48-32 while the boys also came away with the win, 53-38.
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