Girls basketball: Coal Ridge presses past Aspen
The Aspen Times
ASPEN — With their press and pressure defense limiting Aspen to only one basket in the first quarter, the Coal Ridge High School girls basketball team rolled to a 50-20 victory Tuesday night in the AHS gym.
The full-court pressure from Coal Ridge generated 11 first-quarter turnovers, and the Titans were on their way to a 24-point halftime lead.
Kaitlyn Detlefsen led the Titans with 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Coal Ridge girls improved to 8-8 overall, 8-3 in the Class 3A Western Slope League.
Mariela Martinez added nine points for Coal Ridge. Cornay Young added eight points.
Eight different Titans scored.
Liza Vecchiarello put the Skiers on the scoreboard with a basket just before the end of the first quarter.
The Skiers rallied with baskets by Claire O’Sullivan, Jess Coxon and McKenna Woodrow in the second quarter.
Woodrow and Cliara Sanchez would lead the Skiers with four points each.
Jess Furr and Christy Buchholz also scored for the Skiers (1-14, 1-9 in conference).
“From the beginning, we knew Aspen has nothing to lose,” Coal Ridge head coach Steve Young said. “That team is fighting. They don’t want that last spot [in league]. I stressed that all week in practice.”
He said the Titans worked on their press early against Aspen.
“But they frustrated us a little. They started outrebounding us; we had to start working on that,” Young said. “One thing I like about Aspen is they never gave up.”
He said Aspen’s defense also did a good job against the Titan’s inside game.
“Overall, it was a good game for us, and I think it was a good game for Aspen, too,” Young said.
The Skiers will host Grand Valley on Friday and Gunnison on Saturday.
Coal Ridge will play at Moffat County on Friday night.
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