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Rams overcome sluggish offense, Longhorns

G. Sean KellyGSPI Sports Editor
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Roaring Fork's Ashley Jensen (23) drives the lane against Basalt's Lindsey Soucie, left, during Friday night's rivalry game. RFHS won, 57-42.
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CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork head coach Kirk Cheney won’t be using the film from Friday’s game against Basalt to show his team how he would like to see the offense run.

CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork head coach Kirk Cheney won’t be using the film from Friday’s game against Basalt to show his team how he would like to see the offense run. He admitted, however, despite the offensive difficulties, it’s hard to be disappointed after the Rams’ defensive performance and 57-42 victory against the archrival Longhorns in both teams’ 3A Western Slope League opener.”I don’t know what the offense was tonight,” Cheney said. “When you’re not running an offense, how can you have flow. The turnovers were horrendous, but when you have good defense … What did we have, 30 turnovers? But 30 steals to go with that helps.”Cheney may be overstating the troubles of the Roaring Fork offense a bit, but the game certainly turned on defense.

The Rams, who defeated Gunnison 51-31 Saturday to improve to 2-0 in the WSL (7-1 overall), broke open a five-point game by holding the Longhorns (0-1, 1-5) without a point for the first 5 minutes of the fourth quarter. During the Basalt drought, Roaring Fork fashioned a 10-0 run. Megan Zeigel sparked the scoring spurt with a three-pointer to start the fourth quarter. She then notched one of her four blocks in the game on a trey attempt by Basalt’s Deanna Spracher, which led to a jumper from Carly Velasquez at the other end.”It’s just practice and being able to read the offense and being able to play good, hard, strong defense,” Zeigel said of her success in blocking outside shots Friday.Zeigel and Velasquez combined for all 10 of the points in the string. Zeigel led all scorers with 17 points, while Velasquez posted 10 points, while being singled out for her strong defensive play by Cheney.

“To be down by five (entering the fourth quarter), we were very fortunate,” Basalt coach Terry Kappeli said. In the fourth quarter “we just relaxed a bit, and they’re great outside shooters.”Foul trouble in the fourth quarter didn’t help Basalt’s comeback bid. Allison Brumet and Lindsay Soucie both spent much of the quarter on the bench with four fouls. The ‘Horns were also without Dayne Toney for the game.Spracher led Basalt with 14 points. Cassie Meyer tallied eight.Against Gunnison, Whitney Campbell paced the Rams with 13 points, and Sarah Armstrong hit for 12 in the win.


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