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Roaring Fork girls beat Bulldogs

CARBONDALE – Finding holes in Hotchkiss’ press and not letting the Bulldogs find very many holes in its own defense, the Roaring Fork girls basketball team topped Hotchkiss 58-47 in a Class 3A Western Slope battle Saturday night.The Ram defense held the Bulldogs to 10 points in each of the first two quarters and only six in the third.”Defense set the tone; it’s what did it last night (Friday night in Roaring Fork’s 45-35 win over Cedaredge) and tonight,” said Ram head coach Kirk Cheney. “Everyone I put on the floor took their man to the one-on-one and said ‘I challenge you to beat me’ and for the most part they (the Bulldogs) choked. It was awesome.”Taking a 28-20 lead into halftime, Roaring Fork cranked up the defense in the third quarter. Catie Cheney pulled down four of her five rebounds in the quarter and the Bulldogs couldn’t find ways to make their offense work. Hotchkiss out-scored the Rams 19-14 in the final frame, but it was too little, too late and Roaring Fork handed the Bulldogs their first league loss of the season.Offensively, the Rams spread out their scoring, with eight of the nine players on the roster scoring. Celeste Comings sank two 3-pointers and led all scorers with 14 points while teammates Laura Wright and Whitney Campbell chipped in 11 and nine respectively.”We passed the ball well and found the open person,” Cheney said. “(Roaring Fork) made a few mistakes, but not many. It wasn’t a perfect game, but it was darn good.”In Friday night’s win over Cedaredge (2-2 WSL, 7-4 overall), Roaring Fork netted eight 3-pointers, three of which came from the hands of Rebecca Roeber, to help get another WSL win.”(Friday) against Cedaredge, we were 7-of-41 from the field and 8-of-11 from the 3-point line, and we didn’t force any 3s tonight,” Cheney said of his team who made three shots from behind the arch against Hotchkiss. “These girls are finding their shots and trusting each other and having fun out there.”Roaring Fork improves to 5-1 in the WSL and 9-4 overall while the Bulldogs drop to 4-1 in the WSL and 9-2 overall.In their next match, the Rams look to host Basalt in another WSL showdown on Saturday at 4 p.m.


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