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Longhorns hit the road; then come back home

Ben Husband

The Basalt High School girls’ basketball team is on a roll.

After suffering a dismal 1-4 preseason record, with their lone victory coming against Ridgway, the Longhorns have erupted in Western Slope Conference play by winning their first three league games.

Beginning with a 24-point win over Eagle Valley, the Longhorns have defeated Olathe and Gunnison to rest in second place of the WSC league standings.

Tonight, the Longhorns continue WSC play by traveling to Meeker (0-3). Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

BHS will then host Paonia, which plays Aspen tonight, Saturday (2:30 p.m.) at the Big House.

“It was important for us to learn from our tough preseason schedule,” second-year coach Debbie Cain said. “It was hard going into the holiday break with a 1-4 record, but the girls have been working hard and continue to improve.”

The scoring from the Longhorns has ignited as well, especially from guards Ambere Cunningham, Heather Kappeli and inside player Kelli Corrigan.

Cunningham exploded for a career high 22 points against the Devils.

“It’s great to be 3-0 right now,” she continued. “It shows that we can compete, but every week gets tougher, so we need continue to improve and work hard every game.” BHS boys After dominating the WSC the last two years, the BHS boys find themselves in unfamiliar territory – the middle of the WSC standings.

The two-time defending WSC and District champs have dropped two key league games to Eagle Valley and a double-overtime loss to Olathe.

The Longhorns’ lone win came against Gunnison sandwiched in between the two losses.

Tonight, the Longhorns travel to Meeker (0-3) to try to get back on the winning track.

“We have to focus on getting back to business as usual,” five-year Longhorn coach Bill Crowley said. “We’ve had a couple of tough games on the road, and we just have to go out play basketball the way we know how to.”

Saturday, the Longhorns will host Paonia (1-2) at the Big House. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. or immediately following the girls’ game.

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