New-look Aspen boys hold off Titans, 47-41
ASPEN — The Aspen High School boys basketball team battled a rash of injuries, built a double-digit lead and then held off hard-charging Coal Ridge, 47-41, on Friday night at the AHS gym.
Aspen seniors Clayton Crawford and Trent Lichtenwalter doubled up with a pair of double-doubles in the key Class 3A Western Slope League victory. Crawford finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds; fellow all-stater Lichtenwalter finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Evan Patzoldt scored 10 and added five rebounds as the Aspen boys improved to 4-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the Western Slope League.
Crawford and Lichtenwalter also combined to limit Coal Ridge center Andy Bowles (6-foot-6) to 11 points — the Titan’s leading scorer. Alec Herrera added nine points for the Titans on three 3-pointers. Coal Ridge, in all, hit six 3-pointers to stay in the game and then close the lead against the Skiers.
Gunnison 36, Roaring Fork 31
GUNNISON — Ben Carpenter finished with 11 points to pace the Rams, who were unable to rally from a nine-point halftime deficit against the Cowboys.
Roaring Fork (3-3, 3-1 3A WSL) held a slim lead after one quarter.
Gunnison 49, Roaring Fork 36
GUNNISON — The Cowboys built a 10-point halftime lead and held on to beat the Rams in a Class 3A WSL game.
Toni Gross finished with eight points and Maddie Nieslanik and Emily Fisher each scored seven points to pace Roaring Fork in the loss.
Coal Ridge 61, Aspen 17
ASPEN — Paige Ryan finished with a game-high 18 points and Kaitlyn Detlefsen added 10 to pace the Titans against winless Aspen. The Skiers were led by Erika Detrick’s six points.
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