Basalt teams pick up two league victories
The Basalt High School girls’ basketball keeps on winning and winning.
After a horrid 1-4 record in preseason play, the Longhorns have since ripped off five consecutive wins – all of which have been Western Slope Conference games.
Two of those five wins came last weekend as Basalt defeated Meeker Friday night in Meeker 46-38 then defeated Paonia at home Saturday crushed 58-36.
After jumping out to a 16-2 first-quarter lead against Meeker, the Longhorns never looked back.
Junior Kelli Corrigan led Basalt with 21 points while fellow junior Kate LaMaster poured in 14.
Saturday, junior Ambere Cunningham blistered the Eagles for 21 points including three 3-pointers.
Corrigan followed with 15 points.
Sophomore Heather Kappeli dished out 15 assists in the two games – six against Meeker and seven against Paonia.
Basalt, which traveled to Rifle Tuesday for a nonconference game (results weren’t available at press time), sits in third place in the WSC behind Rangely and Roaring Fork which are both 5-0.
Boys grab two wins
After suffering back-to-back losses to Eagle Valley and Olathe, the Basalt boys’ team has won their last three games, including two last weekend.
Friday, the boys, behind 20 points from senior Forrest Woolery, defeated Meeker 64-38.
Senior Sean Koutsakis added eight points.
Saturday, the Longhorns crushed Paonia 88-49.
Junior Michael Palmer scored 24 points including four 3-pointers. Senior Rodney Crawford added 18 points (three 3-pointers) and Neil Broome pitched in with 14.
Both boys and girls’ teams will host Battle Mountain Friday at the Big House. Action begins at 6:30 p.m.
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