Roaring Fork girls hang on for a close win |

Roaring Fork girls hang on for a close win

Grand Junction Free Press/Greg ReedJessica Smeins drives agains Cedaredge in Roaring Forks 33-29 win in the semifinals of the Class 3A District 2 tournament at Palisade High School.

PALISADE – As a team, Roaring Fork shot poorly, didn’t score much and played tentatively in spots – yet they had enough to put Cedaredge away at the end.Going eight-for-eight from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter was the key factor in Roaring Fork’s 33-29 win in Friday’s girls basketball Class 3A, District 2 semifinal game.The win put the Rams into today’s district championship game against No. 1 seeded Basalt.The Rams’ marksmanship from the line made up for their shooting from the floor. Roaring Fork hit a meager 21 percent from the field, but went 10-of-14 from the free-throw line. Cedaredge, who held a lead for most of the second half, missed both of their free throw attempts.”We made our assault at the end. And we made it with free throws,” said Roaring Fork head coach Kirk Cheney. The team’s health was a concern for Cheney going into the contest.”(Starter Celeste) Comings had a 103 temperature last night,” said Cheney. Another starter was burdened with an ankle injury.But the Rams endured despite being down 27-23 with 2 minutes, 41 seconds left to play. Strong defense by the Rams, along with Cedaredge’s anxiousness to get the ball back, created a horde of Roaring Fork free-throw opportunities. Jessica Smeins’ two free throws after Lexie Galvin’s personal foul with 1:06 left allowed Roaring Fork to go ahead for the first time in the fourth quarter.Cedaredge committed two quick personals afterwards. And Roaring Fork promptly took advantage of the opportunity.Laura Wright, who kept the Rams close in the first half, hit both of her free throws.Sarah Armstrong, with 1.2 seconds left pushed two more in for the final scores.

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