Roaring Fork establishes 3A WSL dominance
Any doubts about Roaring Fork heading the Class 3A Western Slope League in both boys and girls basketball came to an end Saturday.
By taking both ends of a varsity doubleheader at Hotchkiss, both Rams teams raised their unbeaten WSL records to 6-0 while distancing themselves from the rest of the pack.
The boys rolled to an easy 57-39 win against the host Bulldogs, by pulling away to a 33-15 lead at halftime.
Three Rams, led by center Nic Lough’s 21 points, finished in double figures. Guard Aaron Markham added 13. Adam Joiner chipped in 12.
Earlier, Roaring Fork’s girls had to fend off a late charge by Hotchkiss to take a 38-34 victory.
Breezing to a 15-4 first quarter lead, the Rams offense was stuck in second gear for the rest of the game. After posting the big score in the opening stanza, Roaring Fork mustered only five points the next period, then saw Hotchkiss outscore them in the second half 25-18.
Whitney Campbell and Meagan Ziegel were Roaring Fork’s high-scorers with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Amanda Barnes of the Bulldogs connected for 18 points but got little support from her supporting cast, who scored a combined 16 points among four players.
It was a much easier night for the Rams Friday at home in Carbondale. The boys never trailed in a closer-than-it-looked 63-55 win against the Bruins.
Christian Tena and Markham each had huge nights. Tena ended with a game-high 24 points. Markham added 22 as Nic Lough added 12 points for good measure.
Meanwhile, the girls handed Cedaredge a 49-29 loss by limiting the Bruins to single-digits in all four quarters.
Campbell paced the offense with 12 points. Carly Velasquez and Sarah Armstrong both had strong performances, with 11 points each.
After a couple of days off, Roaring Fork returns to action Tuesday with a girls/boys home doubleheader against nonleague rival Eagle Valley.
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