Udall leads Roaring Fork over Battle Mountain

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kara K. Pearson Post Independent

CARBONDALE – Standing at the top of the 3-point line, Torrey Udall saw a lane and took it. The 6-foot-8 senior drove through and slammed the ball through the basket to stop a 6-0 run from Battle Mountain.The dunk gave Roaring Fork the momentum and ultimately led to a 60-47 win over Battle Mountain on Saturday night.”We try to spread the ball and I know he (Udall’s defender) was overplaying me a little bit, so I just tried to attack to keep him honest,” Udall said of the play.

In the third quarter, Battle Mountain came out on a tear propelled by Ashlin Romero. The 6-foot-4 senior scored 12 points and helped the Huskies shrink a 20-point Ram lead to nine. “We made some nice improvement … and we they listened tonight and took things to heart and stayed mostly within our strengths,” said Battle Mountain head coach Phil Tronsrue.Then came Udall’s dunk, which brought the crowd to its feet, and helped Roaring Fork take a 49-38 lead into the final frame.That’s when Udall got three of his blocks and held Romero, who had a double double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, scoreless. The Huskies managed only nine points in the final eight minutes as Class 3A Roaring Fork earned the victory to go 2-0 in its home tournament against 4A teams.Udall ended the night with 28 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and three steals to lead the Rams. “He had a really nice ball game for them,” Tronsrue said. “We couldn’t really control him, we just did what we could do.”

Matthias Weissl chipped in 15 points for Roaring Fork. Driving with fury, Weissl sank four layups, two stemming from steals, and scored 11 second-quarter points to put the Rams up 34-23 at half.While the Rams are 2-0, their perfection-seeking coach Roger Walters is looking for a lot more out of his team.”We have a lot of ability. We just need to get on the same page and I need to do a better job of making sure that happens because there are flashes of brilliance. I know it is there, we just have to dig a little deeper – at both ends.”The Rams will have a tough task next weekend, playing at the Steamboat Springs Tournament, where they will see 4A Liberty in the first game.Roeber proves too much for HuskiesNeither a sprained ankle nor the Battle Mountain Huskies were any match for Rebecca Roeber on Saturday.

Roeber’s 18 first-half points and the Rams’ all-out hustle helped the Roaring Fork girls basketball team defeat Battle Mountain 70-33 on Saturday as the Rams finished the Brenda Patch Tournament, their home tourney, 2-0.”They want it, you can tell they want it,” said Roaring Fork head coach Kirk Cheney. “Of course you always have things you need to work on and improve on, but to come into this week and be where we are at is very pleasing.”Roeber drained four 3-pointers in the first half as the Rams went up 41-15 at halftime and never looked back. Roeber finished the game with 25 points, including five 3s. Her teammates were just as on from the perimeter as the Rams totaled 10 makes from downtown. Nikki Smeins, who finished with 15 points, and Jade Bath each hit a pair, and Celeste Comings added one of her own. Comings also served as the catalyst for Roaring Fork, with 10 assists.”We are just learning how to focus as a team and really keep turning it up,” Roeber said. “… Everybody on the team scored and we are lifting each other’s spirits and I think we are ready to take on whatever.”Battle Mountain was also effective from long range, having hit five 3s, but tough Ram defense and a dominating offense was too much for the Huskies. Emily Barge made three of the 3s on her way to a 12-point performance to lead the Huskies.Roaring Fork will next head to Steamboat Springs for a tournament that starts on Thursday, where it will face some stiff competition including another higher-class opponent in Montrose.

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