RFHS shuts down Devils
GSPI Sports Editor
CARBONDALE ” The Roaring Fork girls basketball team proved Friday night it can do more than just out-offense opponents.
And its a good thing, because early on against Eagle Valley the Rams were having trouble putting the ball in the hole.
Roaring Fork dominated the boards and played stifling defense to get through a rough first half before cruising past the Devils 56-39 in a Class 3A Western Slope League contest.
“We just had to get the jitters out,” Rams center Tarn Udall said. “We picked it up and were willing to fight through it.”
And, about those missed bunnies in the first half?
“It was good for the offensive rebounds,” said a smiling Udall, who posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds (six offensive). “We know rebounding is always something we can fall back on.”
Udall, in particular, is able to fall back on rebounding.
“She is not only strong and talented, but she really has a knack for where the ball is going to be,” Eagle Valley coach Mike Vidakovich said. “She seems to know where it’s going when it comes off the rim.”
Roaring Fork teammate Laura Wright also finished with 12 points and added eight boards. Guard Carly Velasquez posted 12 points, seven steals and six assists and Whitney Campbell notched 11 points.
The Rams trailed nearly the entire first quarter until Udall hit an inside shot to knot the contest at 9-all with 18 seconds left in the frame.
Roaring Fork pulled out to a 23-17 lead at the end of the first half thanks to two buckets in the final 30 seconds, including a buzzer-beating trey by Molly Honan.
The third quarter was all Roaring Fork. Eagle Valley (4-3, 5-5) cut the margin to 25-23 before the Rams went on a 7-0 run, then a 9-0 run at the end of the period for a 44-29 advantage.
A six-point start to the fourth quarter got Eagle Valley within single digits of the Rams, but Roaring Fork outscored the Devils 12-4 in the final 3:45.
“Roaring Fork is a talented team and more so in the offensive end,” Vidakovich said. “They’re pretty relentless on defense and just wore us down. They forced us into turnovers at times when we really needed to score.”
Trista Sandoval led Eagle Valley with 11 points.
– On Saturday, the Rams held off Cedaredge 53-46. Roaring Fork had a two-point advantage entering the third quarter and outscored the Bruins 17-12 for the win. No other statistics were made available.
Roaring Fork improves to 6-1 in league (11-1 overall) with the weekend’s wins, while Cedaredge drops to 4-3 (8-4).
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