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‘Tough weekend’ for Aspen girls

The Aspen High girls basketball team dropped three straight games at the Steamboat Springs Invitational Tournament over the weekend.

On Thursday, Aspen lost to Steamboat Springs; on Friday, it was Conifer that did them in; and on Saturday, league rival Roaring Fork beat the Skiers.

“Tough weekend,” Aspen coach Lance Finkbeiner said Sunday.

Aspen lost to Steamboat 48-32, after falling behind 21-13 at halftime.

“We just got off to a really slow start,” said Finkbeiner. “[Steamboat] was probably the weakest team at the tournament, and we just played our worst.”

AHS senior Leandra Sivess led the Skiers with 10 points, all coming in the fourth quarter.

“We played hard at the end, but we didn’t do real well otherwise. Or, as [junior] Liz Floyd said later, ‘We were mute, deaf and dumb that game,'” Finkbeiner said. “In any case, not a great way to start the weekend.”

In Aspen’s second game Friday against Conifer, Aspen put together a respectable effort against a tough Class 4A opponent, and only lost in the final minute, 41-38.

“A much, much better game for us, and we proved that we can play with the best teams in the state,” the coach said.

Floyd led Aspen with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Facing league rival Roaring Fork, ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by a Denver newspaper, Aspen traded blows with the Rams throughout the game, eventually losing in the last 10 seconds, 37-34.

“It was a very close game,” said Finkbeiner, “in fact a one-point game with 10 seconds left. Unfortunately, it was their ball and we had to foul and they made their free throws. But it was a great game, back and forth the whole time, always within two or four points the whole time.”

At halftime, the score was locked at 19 all.

Floyd led all scorers with 18 points and 10 boards. Roaring Fork’s Tarn Udall had 14 points, and Aspen’s Alex Bethel, coming back from a foot injury, had 10 points.

Later, Floyd was named to the all-tournament team.

“We’re playing well,” said Finkbeiner. “I like how we’re playing. It’s a little discouraging to get these losses, but we played so well Friday and Saturday that we feel the wins are going to come.”

Aspen, 1-3 on the season, travels to face nonleague opponent Battle Mountain on Tuesday night. On Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Aspen opens its Class 3A Western Slope League schedule at home against Cedaredge.

“For us to play against two of the best teams in the sate, and know that we can make a few adjustments and keep on improving, it was a very good opportunity for us,” the coach said.

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