Hotchkiss routed, Cedaredge next for RF girls |

Hotchkiss routed, Cedaredge next for RF girls

CARBONDALE – Most teams would shudder at the thought of not having their starting point guard for the opening round of the playoffs.

Not Roaring Fork.

Minus the services of regular Ashley Jensen due to a wrist injury, Ram coach Jacky Gaddis put the ball in the hands of sophomore Megan Zeigel and told her to “push the floor.”

After a few flawed possessions, Ziegel took to the new role with ease and Roaring Fork breezed to a 71-43 win over Hotchkiss, advancing the Rams to a semifinal with Cedaredge on Thursday in the Class 3A, District 2 tournament at Palisade High School.

“Zeigel stepped it up tonight,” Gaddis said. “She came in and did a great job.”

The final stats prove Gaddis was right.

In three-plus quarters, Zeigel had five assists, scored 10 points and had four rebounds.

Not bad for someone forced into playing a new position.

And the remaining starters didn’t miss a beat either.

Center Tarn Udall had a game-high, double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Carly Velasquez added 16 points, that included a pair of deep 3-pointers.

Jesse Rochel came through with a solid effort of 14 points and five rebounds, along with 10 by Brie Bath.

The Rams took the lead for good on Rochel’s field goal from the right base with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first quarter.

Jensen’s status for Thursday’s game is uncertain said Gaddis after Tuesday’s win. “

While Gaddis is pleased with the win, she said this team is capable of going deep into the 3A state playoffs.

“This year we want to get somewhere, and winning districts in not good enough.”

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