Roaring Fork basketball teams clinch league titles
Roaring Fork, both boys and girls, are simply playing basketball at a different level than the rest of the Class 3A Western Slope League.Both teams remained undefeated in league play this season at 10-0 and clinched the league title with wins over Aspen Friday night. On the girls’ side, Roaring Fork had its worst offensive output of the season, but still managed to pull off a relatively easy 37-29 victory over the Skiers (4-6 WSL, 9-8 overall). The Rams, who improve to 16-1 on the season, were outscored 8-4 in the first quarter and trailed 18-13 at the half. Roaring Fork, however, came alive after the intermission with 24 second-half points, while holding Aspen to just 11 points after the break.Laura Wright was the only player in the game to hit double figures with 14 points for Roaring Fork.The Rams’ boys team had a more typical night with a 55-38 victory over Aspen (3-7, 4-13).Roaring Fork forward Nic Lough buried 21 points, including a pair of treys, to lead all scorers, and the Rams got stronger down the stretch. After leading by four points at the half, Roaring Fork extended its advantage to eight after the third quarter and closed out the game with a 15-6 advantage in the fourth quarter.Point guard Aaron Markham joined teammate Lough in double digits with 12 points. Colter VanDomelen sank three 3-pointers and was the only Aspen player in double figures with 11 points.Basalt boys hold on to No. 2 spotThe Basalt boys basketball team kept a firm grip on second place in the 3A Western Slope League with a 63-46 victory over Olathe Friday night at Basalt High School. With the victory, the Longhorns improve to 7-3 in league (9-8 overall) and hold a one-game edge over Gunnison.Basalt dug itself a deep hole in the first quarter, falling back 20-10, but more than made up for the slow start in the second quarter with a 24-10 burst. Cody Burkholder led the rally with 13 of his game-high 21 points in the frame.Ben Pollock posted a solid night with 18 points and Darren Duroux added 13 for the Longhorns, who held Olathe to 16 points in the second half..• The Longhorn girls team kept Olathe winless in league play with a 45-25 victory over the Pirates Friday night.Deanna Spracher poured in 14 points to lead Basalt, which improves to 6-4 in league (7-10 overall). Dayne Toney added nine points.Olathe drops to 0-11 (3-15).Grand Valley girls rally past MeekerDespite sinking only one field goal in the first quarter, the Grand Valley girls basketball team managed a 32-26 home victory over Meeker Friday.Wynnette Jackson was the only Cardinals player to hit from the field in the first frame as Grand Valley fell back 11-3. But the Cardinals started gaining some momentum in the second quarter and never let up. The Cardinals held Meeker to just four points in the second quarter to cut the lead to 15-13 and pulled into a 21-all tie by the end of the third quarter. Jackson hit for seven of her game-high 11 points in the final stanza to seal the win. The Cardinals gave up only five points in the quarter.Grand Valley improves to 13-4 overall, while Meeker drops to 11-6.• Dylan Culver, Sam McKinley and Luke Braby all had solid showings Friday for the Cardinals boys team, but the trio alone wasn’t enough to overcome Meeker.The Cowboys downed Grand Valley 58-50 with a more balanced offensive attack that saw three players in double figures and six players with points. For the Cardinals, Culver, McKinley and Braby were the only scorers.Culver finished with 18 points, including four treys, while McKinley and Braby posted 17 and 12 points, respectively.Meeker improves to 13-3 overall. Grand Valley drops to 9-8.
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