Aspen stuns Rifle boys; Rifle girls win
ASPEN — The Aspen High School boys basketball team knocked Rifle from the ranks of the unbeaten Friday night with a 57-53 victory before a lively crowd at the AHS gym.
The Skiers, who lost to the Bears 51-39 last weekend in Carbondale, rebounded in their home opener with a fourth-quarter surge, outscoring the visitors 17-13.
Aspen took the lead for good in the opening seconds of the final quarter when Evan Patzoldt hit two free throws and then passed to teammate Dominick Alcorta for a fast-break layup, breaking what had been a 40-40 tie after three periods.
Alcorta, who would finish with a team-high 17 points for Aspen, added a putback basket, and Jack Rosenthal hit his third 3-pointer of the game to fuel the Skiers’ late offense.
With the Bears in scramble, comeback mode, the Skiers managed to convert 8-of-13 foul shots in the last quarter, finishing 13-of-21 for the game.
Morgan Robinson, with a pair of 3s, scored nine points for Rifle. The Bears converted only 7-of-19 from the free-throw line.
GIRLS: Rifle 41, Aspen 21
The unbeaten Bears got a big game from Emily Neuroth, who led Rifle with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Jessie Pressler, with four 3-pointers, scored 14 for the Bears. Freshman point guard Elly Walters added six points and 10 assists in the win.
Megan Hanson, with a 3-pointer, led Aspen with five points.
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