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Hoops: Basalt girls top Huskies, notch first win

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colo. – Basalt head girls basketball coach Lauren Redfern calls junior Carina Capobianco the role model and leader of her young team.

The captain sure led the charge Thursday at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards. Capobianco scored 22 points – nearly half of her team’s total – pulled down 16 rebounds and doled out five assists, propelling the Longhorns to a 50-43 victory over the Huskies.

Winless in its first four games, Basalt “came out strong” at the outset Thursday, Redfern said. The Longhorns, who came in averaging about 26 points per game, amassed a 14-7 lead after one quarter and led by five at the break.

“It was our first time being ahead at halftime, so that was pretty good,” Redfern said.

That advantage shrunk to just one after three quarters, but Capobianco and Basalt outscored Battle Mountain, 19-14, in the final eight minutes to secure a much-needed victory in its final game before the holiday break.

The Longhorns don’t take the court again until Friday, Jan. 6, when they visit Rifle.

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“Our team is just finally getting used to how each other plays. We’re really young,” Redfern said. “They’re starting to be more aware of what’s going on on the court.

“It came down to the wire. This feels very good.”

Basalt had a first win in its sites after an impressive opening half Thursday night at Battle Mountain.

The mistakes caught up with the Longhorns down the stretch, however, resulting in a fifth consecutive loss to open the season.

“The boys fell apart in the second half,” first-year Basalt head coach Shane Vetter admitted. “They’re big, without a doubt, and we were outmatched a bit with their big guys. It got very physical at the end, and our guys weren’t really prepared for it.”

The Longhorns, who missed a shot at the buzzer in Tuesday’s 60-58 loss to Vail Mountain School, led, 23-20, at halftime Thursday.

“The whole team played fantastic and unbelievable [in the first 16 minutes]. Then, we had some problems,” Vetter said. “We made a lot of good passes and had a lot of open looks, but some guys turned away from those shots. The tenacity wasn’t there.

“Our biggest problem is that a lot of the guys haven’t played JV ball. Fundamentally, we have a lot to work on. We have good athletes and good kids … but the polishing takes more than a couple weeks to get together.”

Basalt, which has been outscored 324-199 this season, will have three weeks to make some adjustments; it returns to action Jan. 6 in Rifle.

“We’re making mistakes that I don’t think the C Team or JV are making. That’s not coaching, that’s on the guys – their commitment, their focus …” Vetter said.

“We have to fine-tune everything – dribbling, shooting, passing, all of it. … It’s unfortunate being that we’re a varsity squad, but that’s what we have to do. We have no choice.”

jmaletz@aspentimes.com