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New year, different story for Basalt girls hoops

Nate Peterson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” Last winter, Basalt’s state-bound girls basketball team was likely to score 10 points in half of a quarter.

Friday night in their home opener against Olathe, the Longhorns scored just 10 in the first half.

What a difference a year makes.

Longhorns fans saw another blowout in the Big House ” just not the kind they have grown accustomed to in recent years.

Olathe, in a reversal of fortune, rolled to its first victory in a decade on Basalt’s home floor, a 57-24 rout. The loss dropped the Longhorns to 0-3 this winter. Last season, Basalt lost just four games.

Basalt coach Carolyn Compton berated her players throughout Friday’s loss, but after the game, she didn’t have much to say.

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“What’s most important is to play basketball my way, it’s that simple,” she said. “And it’s just not happening.”

Explaining how a team goes from being No. 1 in 3A last season to being 0-3 to start this one isn’t easy, but Basalt provided some clues Friday night.

The Longhorns missed wide-open baskets, turned the ball over early and often and lacked the same defensive intensity that was the hallmark of their success in previous years. There were also other things that left Compton shaking her head, namely not boxing out on free throws and allowing the other team to pull down offensive rebounds.

While it was a bad night for the home team, the visitors couldn’t have been happier.

Olathe finished sixth in the 3A Western Slope last season but is 2-1 this year and 1-0 in league.

“We talked about it before we came up here how it’s been 10 years since we beat them up here,” said Pirates guard Emily Brummitt, who led all scorers with 16 points. “We knew we needed to come up here and show them that we could do it.”

Both teams struggled to maintain possession during a sloppy first quarter, but Olathe began to pull away in the second when it started with an 8-2 run.

In the second half, the Pirates poured it on, closing the third quarter up, 35-17, before opening the fourth with a 15-4 run.

One bright spot for the Longhorns was the play of junior post Mackenzie Buck, who finished with 12 of Basalt’s 24 points. Junior Nicole Booth added four.

“I think the only thing that we can do is get better,” Buck said after the loss. “I don’t think we can sink anymore. Hopefully we can just get better from here. … We need to learn to play as a team.”

The Longhorns will look to pick up their first win of the season at 2 p.m. today when they host downvalley rival Roaring Fork.

npeterson@aspentimes.com

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