Roaring Fork cruises past Gunnison, 54-32
GSPI Sports Editor
CARBONDALE ” When Roaring Fork opened Saturday’s contest with 12 of the game’s first 14 points it looked like the visiting Gunnison squad could be in for a long night.
When the Rams held Gunnison to just two points in the second quarter it was a lock that Gunnison wouldn’t enjoy its trip to the Roaring Fork High School gym.
Whitney Campbell scored a game-high 16 points as the Rams coasted to a 54-32 victory over Gunnison. The victory pulls Roaring Fork (10-1 league, 14-1 overall) even with rival Basalt, which suffered its first league loss Friday night, for first place in the girls Class 3A Western Slope League standings.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Roaring Fork junior Megan Zeigel of the season finale against Basalt in two weeks. “Playing for the league title has been a goal of ours all season.”
Keyed by four points each from Tarn Udall and Carly Velasquez, the Rams got off to a quick start with a 12-2 run.
Leading 19-6 after the first quarter, Roaring Fork clamped down with a trapping defense that allowed Gunnison (1-10, 2-13) just one field goal in the second frame and led 29-8 at halftime.
“We’ve been practicing the 31 low trap,” said Zeigel, who finished with six points. “It’s something we’ve been working on for the future.”
Laura Wright finished with 12 points for the Rams and Udall posted 10 points. Shalee Keener was the only Gunnison player in double figures with 12 points.
Roaring Fork finishes out the regular season with games against Aspen, Eagle Valley, Cedaredge and Basalt. Aspen is the only team out of the four not in the top half of league standings.
“Eagle Valley, they make me nervous. Cedaredge and Basalt, good finale,” said Roaring Fork coach Jacky Gaddis of the final stretch.
Roaring Fork 69, Hotchkiss 56
HOTCHKISS ” Seven Roaring Fork players scored six points or more as the Rams downed Class 3A Western Slope League opponent Hotchkiss 69-56 here Friday night.
Tarn Udall paced the Rams with 16 points, while Megan Zeigel and Carly Velasquez netted 12 and 10, respectively, in the win.
Hotchkiss dropped to 3-7 in league (7-8 overall) with the loss.
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