Fresh challenges for Longhorns, Skiers |

Fresh challenges for Longhorns, Skiers

The Basalt High School girls basketball team, 4-0 and coming off a big win over rival Aspen in the finals of last weekend’s Clay Belk Memorial Tournament, will seek to keep the ball rolling tonight against a foe from the other end of the valley – 3-2 Glenwood Springs.

Tipoff for the girls varsity is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Big House at BHS. Freshmen and JV games will precede the varsity.

The Longhorns, with their torrid start, are one of the favorites in the 3A Western Slope League, but they will be put to the test by a Demons squad that won its final two games in last weekend’s Demon Round Robin Tournament after dropping its opener to Front Range powerhouse Faith Christian.

Basalt rolled to the Clay Belk title with a 75-16 rout of Ridgway and a hard-fought 56-45 win over the Skiers in the championship game.

The Horns are lead by the inside play of Kelli Corrigan and Stephanie Kemp, who were both named to the Clay Belk all-tournament team, and the backcourt trio of Kate LaMaster, Ambere Cunningham and Heather Kappeli.

The Demons lost 69-55 on their home court to Faith Christian but rebounded to defeat Eagle Valley 60-48 and Hotchkiss 51-47.

Following the girls game, the Demon and Longhorn boys teams will hit the hardwood. The Basalt boys won the consolation game of the Clay Belk Tournament 84-69 over Ridgway after dropping a tough opening-round contest to eventual champion Kent Denver 74-56.

High-scoring forward Michael Palmer, another all-tournament selection, paced Basalt with 15 points in the loss and 27 in the Longhorns’ win.

With the 1-1 showing last weekend, the Longhorns now find their record sitting at 2-2. They will seek to break the .500 mark at 8 p.m. against a Glenwood Springs team still smarting from a 64-39 loss to a fellow 4A team, the undefeated Bulldogs of Palisade. The loss dropped the Demons’ record to 2-4. Busy weekend for Aspen The Aspen High School boys and girls basketball teams, both of which lost in the finals of the Clay Belk Tournament, returned to action last night with two late games against 2A school Grand Valley.

The Aspen girls team, with its big front line of Rebecca Anderson, Marta Losonczy and Jill Evans and ball-hawking guards Kelli Dangler, Ellen Falender and Jennifer Snook, were looking to atone for the loss to Basalt, the only blemish on a 3-1 season. The Skiers, as well, are expected to be among the WSL’s best teams.

The Aspen boys find themselves sporting a 3-1 record, too, after Kent Denver saddled them with a 56-42 loss to halt an impressive early season run.

Forwards Robert Tomaszek and Jeff Brence and guards Corey Robinson, Nick Farrell and Duncan Delano lead an offense that put up 81 points in a semifinal win over Ridgway last weekend.

Evans, Losonczy and Tomaszek were all named to the Clay Belk all-tournament teams, joining the three Longhorns.

The Skiers take today off but will get right back to work Saturday when they host Belleview Christian, a 1A powerhouse team from Westminster and the defending state champion.

Tip-off times for Saturday’s games have been changed. The boys varsity game has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. The girls varsity game, which was to have been at 4 p.m., will now take place at 2:30 p.m. There will be no JV or freshmen games.

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