Titan girls shut down Aspen Skiers
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
PEACH VALLEY ” Rick Schmitz raised his arms in the air, parallel to the ground, mimicking a defensive stance ” sans the bent knees.
Repeatedly yelling out coach rhetoric like, “deny, deny!” or “ball, ball!” the longtime hoops coach ” in his first year at Coal Ridge ” seemingly maestroed the Titan girls to a defense-heavy 38-25 win over visiting Aspen on Friday.
Facing a medley of zones and man-to-man defenses, the Skiers failed to ecplise double-digit scoring totals in any frame, and scored just two first-quarter points.
Coal Ridge, now 7-3 overall and 3-2 in the Class 3A Western Slope League, produced just enough offense to get the job done.
“We played well tonight,” Schmitz said. “Our defense was great. We struggled at times on offense, but our defense really carried us.”
Much of what offense Coal Ridge did conjure up came from Kelly Romero, who poured in a game-high 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor. She was 6-of-10 at the free-throw line.
Kaitlin Moeller added 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting and seven rebounds for the Titans.
Kylie Westerlind provided more than half of Aspen’s offense with 13 points, including every one of her team’s 10 first-half points.
The Skiers tried to quicken the game’s pace in the second half, but just couldn’t piece together a threatening run.
“We wanted to come out and put some pressure on them, to see if we could create some offense off of our defense,” said Aspen coach Jeremy Haack, whose team dropped to 3-9 overall and to 0-6 in the 3A WSL. “Coal Ridge has a very good team.”
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