Roaring Fork pushes past Demons, 76-45
GSPI Sports Editor
CARBONDALE ” After being ranked in the top five in Class 3A by the state’s two major preseason polls, the Roaring Fork girls basketball team has some high expectations this season.
In its season opener the Rams lived up to those expectations.
Ten different Roaring Fork players scored points as the Rams downed Class 4A Glenwood Springs 76-45 Friday night at the Brenda Patch Tournament.
Despite it being the first game of the season for both teams, the Rams’ offense, particularly in transition, looked to be in midseason form.
“I wasn’t sure what condition we would be in, but you see those kids, with every loose ball, on the floor,” Roaring Fork coach Jacky Gaddis said. “From the kid who played 20 minutes to the kid who played 30 seconds, it was just good team basketball.”
Roaring Fork was helped by the Demons’ inability to stay out of foul trouble.
With its starting lineup, Glenwood took a 4-0 lead to open the game. But the Demons starters didn’t play together much after that.
Post player Nikita Daneily was whistled for her second foul less than two minutes into the game. Shortly after, Daneily headed to the bench and the Rams went on a 12-0 run. Daneily returned briefly during the run, but only long enough to pick up her third foul with 3 minutes, 29 seconds left in the first quarter.
“Nikita is one of our best defenders,” Glenwood coach Deb Henderson said. “We’ve definitely got to keep under control and out of foul trouble.”
Amber Sutherland, another starting paint player for the Demons, had similar trouble with fouls, picking up her third personal 22 seconds into the second quarter. Sutherland and Daneily, as well as starting guard Keegan Nadon all fouled out in the fourth quarter.
The Demons’ foul trouble opened up things for Roaring Fork’s Tarn Udall, who dominated in the paint. Udall, who didn’t have a field goal in the first quarter, continued to rack up the rebounds and scored 10 points in the final three quarters to finish with 13 points.
The Rams led 12-6 after the first period and expanded the margin to 34-14 at halftime. The Demons wouldn’t get closer than 17 for the remainder of the game.
Laura Wright and Carly Velasquez paced the Rams with 14 points each. Both were beneficiaries of exceptional court management by point guard Ashley Jensen. Jensen was a key figure in the transition offense, highlighted by a pair of behind-the-back assists on fast break baskets. Jensen also scored nine points.
“I think Ashley knows her role of not being a scorer, but a penetrating guard,” Gaddis said of the sophomore.
Freshman Sam Ciani was the only Demon to reach double figures, finishing with 11 points in a solid effort for her first high school game.
In the other first-round tournament game, Montrose defeated Steamboat 55-38.
Glenwood Springs 6 8 12 19″45
Roaring Fork 12 22 22 20″76
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Amanda Whiting 2 0-2 4, Keegan Nadon 0 0-0 0, Emily Hauptli 2 0-0 4, Yuri Salvidrez 2 2-2 6, Marina Flores 1 0-2 3, Amber Sutherland 2 5-8 9, Nikita Daneily 2 0-0 4, Sam Ciani 5 1-4 11, Jacy Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Amber Kitchens 1 0-0 2, Courtney Sutherland 1 0-1 2. Totals 18 8-19 45.
ROARING FORK ” Tarn Udall 5 3-6 13, Ashley Jensen 3 3-3 9, Laura Wright 5 4-6 14, Carly Velasquez 5 3-6 14, Megan Zeigel 3 1-2 7, Whitney Campbell 3 1-2 8, Sarah Armstrong 0 0-0 0, Katie Anderson 0 0-0 0, Catie Cheney 2 0-0 4, Teresa Pulver 0 1-2 1, Jessica Smith 2 0-0 4. Totals 29 16-27 76.
3-point goals ” Flores, Velasquez, Campbell.
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The Coal Ridge High School boys and girls basketball teams will both be home Tuesday night to open the Class 3A state basketball tournament.