Rams advance to semifinals
CARBONDALE – Every Ram played their part Tuesday night as the Roaring Fork girls basketball team charged into the second round of the Class 3A District 2 playoffs by beating Olathe 57-38. Ten players on the No. 2 seeded Ram squad scored at least one point to help Roaring Fork top No. 7 Olathe. “It was definitely a team effort,” said head coach Kirk Cheney. “They all chipped in and contributed.”Rebounds played a major part in Roaring Fork’s victory over the undersized Pirates as many of the Rams’ points came on second chances that were converted into easy buckets. In the third quarter, the Rams outrebounded Olathe 15-5 on their way to outscoring the Pirates 26-4 in the frame.
“It’s nice when you play a team that you dominate on the boards. A little bit of height helps,” Cheney said. “We hit the boards pretty decently.”When the Rams held Olathe (0-13 Western Slope League, 4-16 overall) to four points in the third quarter, it was one of three times they limited the Pirates to single-digit scoring in a quarter. Roaring Fork (10-3 WSL, 14-6 overall) forced 12 Pirate turnovers and got another nine that were unforced.On offense, the Rams spread the ball around as Whitney Campbell scored 11 points, six of which came from behind the 3-point line, and Sarah Armstrong scored 10 on the inside to go along with her seven rebounds. Celeste Comings added another 10 points, many of which came off fast breaks she started as a result of picking off five Pirate passes.Laura Wright went 4 for 4 from the free-throw line and totaled eight points, while Jessica Smeins also finished with eight points and Rebecca Roeber chipped in another three.
“We clicked and played our game,” Campbell said.Despite the victory, which was the Rams’ third of the season over Olathe, Cheney said his team still has a lot to work on.”We still have a lot of things to do to come together to get to where we want to be,” Cheney said. “We need to move the ball better on offense. We try to do too much on our own sometimes, and we are holding the ball too long and giving the defense a chance.” The Rams will now play No. 3 Cedaredge (8-5 WSL, 13-7 overall), who beat No. 6 Aspen on Tuesday night, in the semifinals of the tournament at Palisade High School at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
“They are really improved,” Cheney said of Cedaredge. “They have really come on at the end of the season. We are going to have to be tougher on post defense and pressure the guards so we don’t give them that easy entry pass.”If Roaring Fork wins, it will battle for the District 2 title Saturday at 4 p.m. at Palisade.If they do want to make it to the championship game, the Rams know what they need to do.”We need to work on team work, communication, definitely moving the ball and playing tough defense and keeping our heads and focusing,” Campbell said.
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