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Rams girls open with a victory

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson Roaring Fork's Celeste Comings, left, passes the ball as Battle Mountain's Kaeli Hosler as coach Kirk Cheney directs his players from the sidelines during Friday night's game in the Brenda Patch Tournament.

CARBONDALE – Slowing down the Huskies with a full-court press in the first three quarters, Roaring Fork girls’ basketball team started its season with a victory Friday night, beating Battle Mountain 68-29 in the Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork.Celeste Comings was the star of the press with six steals as the Rams combined for 21 steals in the game. “Coach (Kirk Cheney) has really been emphasizing defense and anticipating what they are going to do,” Comings said. “He told us not to turn our heads and know where the ball is and when they show you where they are going with it, you better be gone.”

Apparently the Rams listened to their coach, forcing 19 Huskies turnovers in the first half alone.”We worked hard. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but they worked hard all day,” Cheney said. “We are working on our press, but they played a hard man-to-man defense,”Offensively, the Rams came out firing, but didn’t make many of their shots. They were 7-for-19 from the field and 3-for-14 from behind the 3-point line in the first half.”In the first half our shot selection was not what we wanted. We shot 14 3-pointers and that is more than we did in two or three games last season. We’ve got the girls that can shoot those shots, but not yet – not this early in the season.”

More shots fell for the Rams in the second half, making 9-of-12 field goals and 1-of-3 3-pointers. Comings was the night’s leading scorer with 13 points, while Sarah Armstrong added another 11. Comings said that it was fun to play, but the team was a little nervous in its first game of the season.

“We need more focus and to start our offense up and run it. We need more smiles, more high fives and more team support.”Kelsey Sanders tried to get the Huskies back in the game in the second half, hitting two 3-pointers, but it was not enough to bring Battle Mountain Back. Roaring Fork will play its second and last game of the Brenda Patch Tournament tonight at 5 p.m. against Longmont. Cheney said he was “somewhat happy” with how his team played, but thinks they have a lot to work on.”We need to be more disciplined. Longmont is a good team with good athletes, we are just going to have to play well within ourselves.”

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