No. 2 Aspen rallies to beat Roaring Fork |

No. 2 Aspen rallies to beat Roaring Fork

ASPEN, Colorado – Buoyed by a solid defense that forced quick, ill-advised shots, Roaring Fork kept it close for a half against undefeated Aspen on Tuesday.

But then the Skiers came alive.

A 17-4 third-quarter run lifted Aspen, ranked second in 3A in the latest Denver Post boys basketball poll, to a 50-37 win over the visiting Rams.

Roaring Fork opened the game with a 9-0 run that spanned the first 3 minutes, 30 seconds. The Skiers fought back to take a 10-9 lead after a quarter and an 18-15 lead at halftime.

Jake Hawkins led the Rams (7-9 overall, 7-6 in the 3A Western Slope League) with nine points. Jake Strack-Loertscher scored eight and Arick Zeigel had seven.

Aspen improved to 15-0 overall and to 12-0 in the 3A WSL with the victory.

Aspen rallies for win in girls game

A 17-2 run in the second quarter lifted Aspen to a 58-48 girls basketball win over visiting Roaring Fork on Tuesday.

Alli Zeigel scored eight of her game-high 16 points in the final three minutes as the Rams, still seeking their first win of 2009-10, made a late push.

“I keep telling them we can’t give 32 full minutes,” Roaring Fork coach Nancy Zeigel, whose squad dropped to 0-16, told The Aspen Times. “They started breaking our press, and we had lots of silly turnovers. We’re very close. … It is [frustrating], but I’m proud of the girls. They could be giving up.”

Lindsey Anderson paced Aspen, which snapped a seven-game losing streak, with 16 points.

– Jon Maletz of the Aspen Times contributed to this report

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