‘Senior night’ forgettable for Aspen High boys
All five seniors on the Aspen High boys b-ball team started on the floor together Friday night, “senior night” at AHS and the regular-season finale against Eagle Valley at the Skierdome.
“Big crowd, huge pre-game festivities. It was a really wonderful, emotional time for the kids. Everybody loved it. And then we ran into a buzz saw,” said Aspen coach Steve Ketchum.
Only managing nine points through the first half and 27 by the end, the Skiers were trounced 69-27 in what Ketchum further described “a 42-point butt whooping.”
“But it wasn’t that Eagle Valley dominated us. They played solid, they played well, it was just that we were horrible,” the coach said.
“We tried everything: called time outs, changed line-ups, substituted, switched strategies, and nothing worked,” Ketchum added.
Aspen beat Basalt by 10 points in their last outing, last Tuesday, and seemed poised to finish out the regular season in similar style. Instead, Aspen committed 20 turnovers in the first half ” against an Eagle Valley team that didn’t press, didn’t trap.
“When the ball went up for the opening tip-off, it was like some alien force took over our kids’ bodies for 90 minutes,” Ketchum said.
With the loss, Aspen dropped to 6-5 in Class 3A Western Slope League play and 9-8 overall.
Senior Moss Schermerhorn led AHS with nine points on three 3-pointers through three quarters. Ketchum lifted his seniors after the third quarter after watching Leandra Sivess, a starting forward for the AHS girls, go down for the season with an ACL injury in the fourth quarter against the Eagle Valley girls in the early game.
“In the big scheme of things, this game meant nothing,” said Ketchum. “Eagle Valley is still second in the league [behind No. 1 Roaring Fork] and we’re still third. And while we would’ve liked to have won it, and played well, it doesn’t change anything. Our plan, literally, is to not only heal our wounds but to set ourselves up to make a good run in the playoffs.
“I haven’t lost any faith in these kids. I saw them play against Basalt.”
Next up for Aspen is a weekend road trip to Olathe Friday and Gunnison Saturday. Aspen concludes its regular season at Cedaredge Feb. 20.
Let’s make some skiing predictions. I made my X Games snowboarding predictions a day earlier and remain only mildly lukewarm in terms of confidence, but maybe I’ll feel better about the skiers.