Rams’ second-quarter drought leads to loss in OT
CARBONDALE – Slow and steady is not the type of basketball Roaring Fork likes to play.Gunnison, using a methodical offensive style, took the Rams out of their game and pinned a 45-41 overtime upset victory on Roaring Fork Friday. The defeat also snapped the Rams’ seven-game win streak that started almost a month ago with an 18-point victory over the Cowboys (3-5 league, 6-8 overall) in Gunnison.Roaring Fork (6-2, 10-5) was the dominant team in the early going.Whitney Campbell, who would later be hindered by foul trouble, hit a 3-pointer that gave the Rams an 16-8 lead in the last minute first quarter.It turned out to be the biggest lead of the game – and the final points Roaring Fork scored in the first half.After Campbell’s trey, the Rams shot 0-for-8 from the floor in the second quarter and took their shooting problems into the next quarter before Jessica Roebel broke Roaring Fork’s 11 straight misses scoring slump 1:39 into the third quarter.Gunnison wasn’t much better offensively. It took the Cowboys the whole second period to get the lead – oddly enough it came on a quick-score play.With 2 seconds left in the half, the Cowboys caught the Rams napping, connecting on a long pass from the backcourt to Lisa Goldman in the frontcourt for an 18-16 lead.Roeber’s slump-busting bucket in the third gave the Rams a 19-all tie, which started a back-and-forth volley for the lead between the Cowboys and Roaring Fork guard Laura Wright for the next few possessions.The Cowboys would score and lead by three. Wright, who had six of her 11 points in the third quarter, pulled Roaring Fork back to a one-point deficit three times.Catie Cheney put the Rams in front for the first time since Campbell’s 3-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter. Heather Sebald raised the margin to 29-26 a couple of possessions later.It was the last time, except for a slim period in overtime, Roaring Fork would hold the lead. Rather than poor shooting, free-throw opportunities caused the Rams’ downfall more than anything in overtime.Roaring Fork’s penchant to force action, created a rash of personal fouls which Gunnison used to go 10-of-12 from the free throw line in the extra frame. The Rams countered by hitting 4-of-6 from the line and hit one field goal in six attempts.Gunnison’s Stephanie Henkle scored nine of her game-high 20 points on free throws. Teammate Jessica Fairless, the game’s No. 2 scorer, was 6-for-10 from the line in a 14-point effort.Jessica Semins led Roaring Fork with 13. The Rams resume play at home today against Olathe.BoysRams’ winning streak rises to 10Derek Parker scored a game-high 16 points in Roaring Fork’s 55-33 league win over Gunnison, which keeps the first-place Rams unbeaten (8-0 league, 13-3 overall) in the Class 3A Western Slope League.After a sluggish start, the Rams pulled out from their slim 19-18 lead at intermission by outscoring the Cowboys 36-17 in the second half.Chris Garcia and Kyle Wells finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively for Gunnison, which slipped to 4-3 (5-9) on the year.Roaring Fork concludes the weekend with a league home game this afternoon against Olathe.
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