Basalt’s Big House rocks, rolls with weekend action
The Big House at Basalt High School was rockin’ and rollin’ this weekend as the Longhorn basketball squads played host to four big varsity matchups Friday and Saturday.
First the Demons of Glenwood Springs came to town for a couple of Roaring Fork Valley grudge matches, and then the feisty Bulldogs of Moffat County invaded Basalt for two more games.
When the basketballs finally stopped flying in the BHS gym, the Longhorn girls remained undefeated, dropping Glenwood 51-38 before squeaking past Moffat County 39-36 in overtime. The Basalt boys split their two games to run their season mark to 3-3, beating Glenwood 75-67 and then dropping a 78-65 decision to Moffat County.
The Basalt girls got off to a fast start Friday night behind nine first-quarter points from Ambere Cunningham and led the Demons 19-10 after one period. But the Glenwood defense tightened up and held the Longhorns to six and seven points in the second and third quarters, respectively, to make the game close.
After three periods, the Basalt lead was down to three points, 32-29, but then the Longhorns got their offense back on track and exploded for 19 points in the fourth period to cement the win. Ingrid Brucker scored eight points in the quarter and Cunningham had seven to spur Basalt on to victory.
Cunningham finished with 16 points in the game to pace the Basalt attack. Brucker had 10, and Heather Kappeli chipped in with seven.
Glenwood was lead by Katie Richelieu’s 11 points. Jamie Jones was second on the team with 8.
In Saturday’s game with Moffat County, the Basalt girls had a tougher time getting out of the blocks. They scored just six points in the first quarter against the tenacious Bulldog defense but held their opponents to eight and trailed 8-6 after one period.
Kappeli scored four of Basalt’s nine second-quarter points, helping the Longhorns to a 15-13 edge at halftime. But Moffat County bounced right back in the third quarter, with Emily Mortensen scoring five points to give the Bulldogs the lead once again at 24-23.
Basalt’s Stephanie Kemp scored five of her eight points in the fourth period.
And the Longhorn defense held the Bulldogs in check, leaving the game knotted at 31 as regulation time expired.
The Longhorns then went out and outscored the Bulldogs 8-5 in overtime to push their record to a perfect 6-0 on the season.
Kelli Corrigan had 12 points for Basalt in the win. Brucker and Kemp each scored eight. Split decisions for Basalt boys The Basalt boys team started the weekend off on the right foot with a big win over valley rival Glenwood Springs in front of a huge crowd Friday night.
The Longhorns played a solid game throughout and seemed to have things well in hand, going up by 17 at one point, but the Demons refused to fold.
Glenwood scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and even took a brief 62-61 lead with 5:33 to play.
But then Basalt’s Michael Palmer scored six of his team-high 18 points down the stretch to help the Longhorns pull away and ice the win.
Jacob Benson of Glenwood led all scorers in the game with 20 points.
Teammates Tommy Ahrens, Ryan Neil, German Banuelos and Ty Cooper each scored eight points in the losing effort.
Basalt’s balanced scoring attack was paced by Palmer’s 18 points.
Edwin Piper contributed 16, Neil Broome had 15 and Jack Lutzeier scored 11 for the Longhorns.
Saturday’s matchup with Moffat County was close the whole way.
The two teams were tied after the first quarter and separated by just one point at halftime and two after three periods.
But a 25-point outburst by the Bulldogs in the final stanza eventually lifted Moffat County to the win.
Lutzeier had eight points and Palmer six as the Longhorns matched the Bulldogs with 16 first-quarter points. Top scorers Moffat’s Jeff Gaylord had seven points in the second quarter as the Bulldogs built a 36-35 lead and then scored eight more in the third period to push Moffat’s edge to 53-51.
The Longhorns were still in the game at that point, but the Bulldogs closed out the game by outscoring Basalt 25-14 over the final eight minutes to win by 13.
Lutzeier’s 18 points in the loss were tops for Basalt.
Broome scored 14, Brian Hunter had 12 and Palmer had 11.
Gaylord was the top Bulldog in the win with 27 points. Justin Magnuson contributed 12.
The Longhorns will now take a break from basketball for the holidays.
Both teams will return to action on Jan. 8 when they play host to the Rifle Bears.
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