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Roaring Fork downs Demons in Brenda Patch first round

CARBONDALE – Roaring Fork’s backcourt press forced 17 steals and sophomore guard Carly Velasquez’s career-high 21 points were too much for Glenwood Springs to handle.

The combination allowed host Roaring Fork to cruise to a 61-45 victory over the Demons in Friday’s first-round game of the Brenda Patch Memorial Tournament.

Roaring Fork blasted off to a 19-6 first quarter lead and was never challenged as the two area teams played evenly the rest of the way.



“We played a really good game and we did a good job on the press,” said Ram coach Jacky Gaddis.

Gaddis was especially pleased how her young guard combination of Velasquez and freshman Ashley Jensen played under game conditions.



“I was worried about them,” Gaddis admitted. “With the pressure of the first game and a big crowd, I didn’t know how they would do, but, they were fabulous.”

Velasquez’s 21 points was the high for both teams. She also led the Rams in steals with eight. Jensen scored 13, including two 3-pointers.

Senior forward Tarn Udall added 14 points, had a team-leading six assists, and four steals. Brie Bath, the Rams’ other starting forward, forced five turnovers.

Glenwood, minus Amber Sutherland, who sat out the game with an ankle injury, had three starters score in double figures.

Jeri Polowchena led the Demons with 13 points. Megan McKinnie and Amanda Whiting had 10 each.

In the other first-round contest, Steamboat Springs held Green River, Wyo., to two points in the first quarter and Jen Weber did the rest.

After jumping out to a 16-2 lead at the conclusion of the period, Weber scored 17 of her game-high 20 points, including five three-point shots, in the second quarter to lead Steamboat Springs to a 58-36 win over Green River, Wyo. in Friday’s first-round game.

Tanna Houston tossed in 18 for the Wolves who play Glenwood Springs for third place in the four-team tournament.

Glenwood Springs 6 12 11 16-45

Roaring Fork 19 16 14 12-61

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Cassie Carlson 2 1-2 55, Megan McKinnie 5 0-0 10, Amanda Whiting 5 0-0 10, Keegan Nadon 1 0-0 2, Nakita Daniely 1 0-0 2, Juri Salvidrez 0 0-0 0, Jeri Polowchena 6 1-2 13, Leanna Lawson 1 1-2 3. Totals – 21 3-6 45.

ROARING FORK – Tarn Udall 4 6-10 14, Teresa Palmer 0 0-0 0, Megan Ziegel 0 0-0 0, Ashley Jensen 5 1-2 13, Carly Velasquez 9 2-4 21, Jesse Rochel 1 1-2 3, Brie Bath 1 1-2 3, Laura Wright 2 1-4 5, Alyson Romanus 1 0-0 2. Totals – 23 12-24 51.

3-Pointers – RF – Velasquez. Fouled Out – None. Technicals – None.

Green River 2 17 10 7-36

Steamboat Springs 16 20 9 13-58

GREEN RIVER – Tanna Houston 7 4-8 18, Sarah Reyes 0 2-2 2, Shandrye Trumble 3 4-5 11, Corina Noel 0 0-0 0, Karly Eyre 0 0-0 0, Brittany Peterson 0 0-1 0, Lindsey Porenta 0 0-0 0, Kendra Hamel 2 0-0 4, Morgan McDaniel 0 0-0 0, Danita Moyles 0 1-3 1, Stephanie Yjavey 0 0-1 0, Whitney Miller 0 0-0 0, Heather Paxton 0 0-0 0. Totals – 12 11-20 36.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Bailey Draper 1 5-6 7, Anya Allen 2 0-0 4, Shelley Dunlop 0 1-2 1, Bayli Stillwell 4 2-2 10, Melissa White 0 0-0 0, Ashley Zeeb 0 0-0 0, Jen Weber 7 0-0 20, Lindsay Stanford 1 0-0 2, Tracy Lucas 0 4-7 4, Erin Christensen 1 1-4 4, Jannike Comos 1 1-2 4, Hannan Gary 1 0-0 2. Totals – 18 14-23 58.

3-Pointers – GR – Trumble, SS – Weber 6, Christensen, Comos. Fouled Out – GR – Reyes. Technicals – None.


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