Lady Horns hit the road to face Frederick |

Lady Horns hit the road to face Frederick

Ben Husband

Recovering from the heartbreaking one-point loss to Rangely in last weekend’s 3A District title game, the Basalt High School girls’ basketball team is focused on its next challenge.

The Longhorns will travel to Longmont Saturday to face Frederick in the Class 3A Regionals. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

The winner will advance to the 3A High School Basketball State Championships next Thursday at Colorado Springs’ Air Force Academy.

Basalt (13-7) enters Regionals as the 13th seed while Frederick (20-1) is the fourth seed.

“We’re excited,” said BHS coach Debbie Cain. “We’re excited about this chance we have to do something – it’s going to be fun.”

Basalt was three seconds away from hosting the first round of Regionals, but Rangely scored a bucket as time expired in last Saturday’s District title game.

“We still have to play the game,” Cain said. “And we know that we belong here.”

Holding the Panthers, one of 3A’s top teams all season long, in check the way Basalt did was “a confidence booster for us,” said Cain.

“I think it showed us that we can play against anyone,” she added. “For us to play them [Rangely Panthers] the way that we did – all of the little things that it took for us to be in the game – is a confidence booster.”

Traveling, says Cain, puts the pressure on the home team.

“They are expected to win,” she said. “We are not supposed to win and we are going into this game as the underdogs. I like playing under those types of situations.”

The Longhorns, whose only loss in league play came at Rangely during the regular season, have performed well on the road.

“We’ve done well on the road this year against some tough teams,” she said. “This is just another road trip for us and we are going with the attitude to get the job done.”

The Warriors have one of 3A’s top players in Jennifer Tagliente.

The 5-foot-6 inch junior guard is averaging just under 22 points a game this year – she led 3A in scoring for most of the regular season.

“We know she can score,” Cain said. “We are going to have to match up with her the best we can and match up with the rest of their team as well.”

Basalt will bring a quick and savvy lineup beginning with junior post player Kelli Corrigan.

Corrigan has led the Longhorns in scoring all season long, averaging 14 points per contest.

She also averages nearly nine rebounds a game.

In addition to Corrigan, Basalt has three speedy guards who can shoot, defend and pass the ball in Ambere Cunningham, Heather Kappelli and Kate LaMaster.

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