Lady Longhorns rope Rams
BASALT – Ambere Cunningham beat Roaring Fork outside while Kelli Corrigan blistered the Rams inside.
In a key Western Slope Conference girls game between Basalt and Roaring Fork Saturday, Cunningham and Corrigan combined for 31 points as the Longhorns crushed the visiting Rams 55-29 at the Big House.
“This is a big win for us, no doubt about it,” said Basalt second-year coach Debbie Cain. “But we still have two big games left.”
The Longhorns, who fell to Rangely Friday night, sit in second place of the WSC girls’ standings at 8-1 (9-6 overall). They trail Rangely after the Panthers won two games this weekend to climb to 9-0 in league play and 16-1 overall.
Roaring Fork falls to 7-2 ( 11-6 overall) and the Rams are tied with Aspen (7-2 in the WSC, 12-4 overall) in third place.
The Aspen girls lost to Battle Mountain Friday night and defeated Meeker Saturday.
Heading into the final week of the regular season of WSC play, Basalt has two games remaining. The Horns host Cedaredge Friday and Aspen Saturday.
Roaring Fork will host Eagle Valley Thursday night and Aspen Friday to close its regular seasonal play. Basalt’s torrid twosome The Longhorns began the game with six straight points from Corrigan behind two great assists from Heather Kappelli and one from Corrigan to take a 6-2 lead.
The Rams then scored two straight buckets before Kate LaMaster drained a long 3-pointer to break the tie en route to a 11-8 first quarter lead for Basalt.
In the second quarter, the Longhorns went on a roll.
Roaring Fork’s 6-foot-1 inch sophomore center, Ren Udall, scored an inside bucket to cut Basalt’s lead to one, 11-10.
But Basalt then went on a 13-3 run behind long 3-pointers from LaMaster (her second) and Cunningham (her first of three).
Lauren Hoffman then scored inside and Cunningham drained her second trey of the quarter to give Basalt a commanding 24-14 lead.
Roaring Fork then closed the period with a 5-0 run behind a Liz Cretti jumper and a 3-pointer from freshman Emily Markham to close the half down 24-19.
In the third period, Basalt went on an 8-3 run behind six inside points from Corrigan and a pair of Kappelli free throws. The points extending Basalt’s lead to 32-22.
The two teams then went scoreless for the next minute and a half before Corrigan scored off a great bounce pass from Cunningham that lifted the large crowd at the Big House to its feet.
Ingrid Brucker then scored a putback and Cunningham scored a long 3-pointer to give the Longhorns a 39-23 lead heading into the final period.
There, Basalt blew the game wide open with its tenacious defense.
The Longhorns held Roaring Fork to just five points, while the BHS offense blew up, scoring 16 points to close the door on the Rams.
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