Roaring Fork girls back on a roll
GSPI Sports Editor
CARBONDALE ” The Roaring Fork girls basketball team has started another winning streak.
The Rams, who suffered their first loss of the season against archrival Basalt in the final game before the break, bounced back with a pair of convincing Class 3A Western Slope League wins in the first post-holiday action.
Roaring Fork downed Aspen 55-46 on the road Friday night, then cruised by Olathe with a 76-36 margin at home on Saturday.
“We haven’t had fun for a long time,” said Roaring Fork guard Ashley Jensen of the long break after the loss. “This win is really going to help our confidence. If you don’t have confidence, you’re not going to go anywhere.”
The Rams (2-1 WSL, 7-1 overall) showed plenty of confidence Saturday against Olathe (0-3, 1-7). Roaring Fork equaled its highest point total of the season and posted its biggest winning margin this year.
Jensen posted a game-high 20 points to lead the Rams, while Tarn Udall and Carly Velasquez netted 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Jensen’s trey opened the game and, thanks to a pair of buckets by Udall and another Jensen basket, Roaring Fork jumped out to a 9-0 lead.
Olathe never challenged the lead. The Rams led 16-5 after the first period and didn’t let up defensively until the game was well in hand in the fourth quarter.
The Rams scored more points (24) in the second quarter alone than Olathe mustered in the first three frames (19).
On Friday night at Aspen High School, Udall paced a trio of Rams to reach double figures in the Roaring Fork victory over the Skiers.
Udall scored a team-high 17 points, while Velasquez and Jensen chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Liz Floyd tallied a game-high 21 points for Aspen (0-2 WSL, 2-5 overall).
The Rams are off until Saturday when they travel to Gunnison for another league contest.
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