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Rams more confident after big win over Huskies

Post Independent/Kara K. PearsonRoaring Fork's Rebecca Roeber goes toward the basket as Florence defenders stand straight up during Friday night's game. The Rams won, 68-30.

CARBONDALE ” After dropping two games in a row, the Roaring Fork girls basketball team forcefully broke its losing streak, dominating Florence in a 68-30 victory Friday night.

“It felt awesome out there,” said Ram post Laura Wright. “Our team finally felt like it was coming together. We played well and had fun and we were really working together.”

The Rams threw every defense in the book at Florence ” and they all worked. The Huskies committed 24 turnovers in the game and were limited to four points in the second quarter and five in the third.

“Our defense played really well,” said Roaring Fork head coach Kirk Cheney. “We switched from full-court press, to man-to-man, to zone to a half-court trap. (The Rams) were mentally ready tonight.”

Controlling the game from the beginning, the Rams put up a 23-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and the scoring gap kept growing from there. Even in a game that doesn’t go down to the buzzer, Wright said there is still a lot to work on.

“We try to go back to fundamentals and work on the basics,” Wright said. “We revert back to what we have been working on in practice. I have been working on post moves, so I worked on that.”

Wright’s work paid off as she scored 11 points, most of which came from the paint. Fellow Ram Jessica Smeins topped all scorers on the night, netting 15 points, pulling down seven rebounds and one block. Sarah Armstrong chipped in another eight points and five rebounds for Roaring Fork.

Amber Bunderus led the Huskies with 12 points and three rebounds.

The only problem Roaring Fork had all night was staying out of foul trouble. The Rams put the Huskies into the bonus with 38 seconds into the second half. Nevertheless, Cheney said he wasn’t concerned about it.

“I’m not really worried about it because most of them were stupid fouls. That is part of it ” if you play a hard defense, you are going to foul,” Cheney said.

The Rams said they believe in themselves more after beating Florence.

“It was hard after the last two games,” Wright said. “We had a low self-esteem coming in, so this definitely boasted our confidence.”

Florence is still looking for its first win after losing its first five games of the season. The Rams, meanwhile, now own a 3-3 record.

“This was a much better game,” Cheney said. “It was a mental game, everyone was into it. They did what they were supposed to do.”

Roaring Fork will be on holiday vacation for the next two weeks and return to the court on Jan. 6 when they travel to Basalt for the first Western Slope League game of the season.

“Coming out of break, we need to rebound better and hit the board and make the short shots,” Cheney said. “We face Basalt and start league games and we’ll find out what everyone’s got.”

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