Basalt girls one win away from state title shot |

Basalt girls one win away from state title shot

Jennifer Davoren

A trip to the state championship tournament might be at stake, but Thursday was a light practice day for the Basalt High School girls basketball team.

The night before a big game is always reserved for a short practice, said coach Debbie Cain, because after a week of preparation for the 3A regional tourney, the girls are as ready as they can be.

“We had about an hour-and-a-half practice, and the mood is great,” she said. “The girls are really excited. We’re ready for whatever comes.”

The Longhorns’ (22-1 overall) No. 3 tournament seed means they will face No. 13 Centauri at 7 p.m. tonight at Basalt High School. A win will mean the chance at the state championshp title next weekend in Colorado Springs.

The girls have had a week of tournament preparation since taking home a Class 3A Western Slope League Championship title. And that time has been spent on building a defense capable of getting past Centauri and on to another weekend of tournament play.

“That’s been our emphasis all year,” Cain said. “They have two good post players, so we’ve been working on defending the post. They also do a lot of trapping and presses, and we’ve been focused on that.”

The home-court advantage may lend a lot to the game, Cain said.

“Centauri is a five-and-a-half, six-hour drive,” she said. “Our girls get to have a normal routine and just go to school. I hope that’s an advantage. We’ve been playing all year for a home regional game.”

Sixteen teams advance to the regional tourney this weekend, but only eight will get the chance to travel to Air Force Academy March 9-11 for the Class 3A State Championships. Right now, however, Basalt’s focus is on a hopeful Centauri squad, Cain said.

“We’ll take it one game at a time, and we’ll see what happens,” she said.

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Posted: Friday, March 2, 2001

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