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Basalt girls overwhelm Peak to Peak

Scott CondonThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

BASALT It was a Longhorn stampede Friday night.The Basalt girls rushed to an 11-0 lead in their regional basketball game against Peak to Peak and led 22-8 at the end of the first quarter. They never looked back en route to a 66-41 victory.Peak to Peak, 11-11 coming into the game and seeded eighth in regionals, struggled with the Longhorns pace all night. They never made a serious threat after Basalt opened the game with overwhelming runs.The Longhorns executed their preferred style of play to perfection their tenacious defense caused turnovers and missed shots, and resulted in constant fast-break opportunities.Were a very athletic team. We get down the court and kick their butts by running and stuff, said Dayne Toney, one of five seniors leading the top-seeded Longhorns.Toney matched her season average by scoring 15 points. She keyed the surge in the first quarter by scoring nine points and dominated on the boards throughout the game.The Longhorns also were sparked by junior Melissa Stewart, who hit five 3-pointers and a transition basket to lead the Longhorns with 17 points. Stewart was a whirlwind on defense as well, stealing the ball several times and leading fast breaks.Melissas sort of our silent killer. She really is, said Longhorns head coach Carolyn Compton. Her play is getting her noticed among all the talented seniors, Compton added.Stewart was an on-and-off starter throughout the season, and she started Friday night for senior Alia Munger, who is recovering from an injury. Stewart is a valuable weapon both as a starter and off the bench, Compton said.Senior Emily Peetz added 10 points for the Longhorns. Kat Fitzpatrick, the teams second-leading scorer during the season with an average of 13 points per game, scored seven points despite being ill throughout the night, Compton said.Junior Nicole Booth added nine points off the bench.Compton was pleased that several girls were at or approaching double figures. The team had five or six different leading scorers in games over the course of the season. They typically had three or four girls scoring 10 or more points per night. Thats how I like it, Compton said.The victory improved Basalts record to 20-3. They host Kent Denver in todays sub region championship at 1 p.m. Kent Denver topped Estes Park earlier Friday in a game dominated by half-court play.The Longhorns are hoping to reignite the same attacking style that worked so well against Peak to Peak.We try to be fast, and we try to be tenacious, Compton said. She said she believed her team didnt allow any offensive rebounds for Peak to Peak in one quarter. The Longhorns defense rarely allowed penetration to the hoop and constantly harassed Peak to Peak ball handlers. Peak to Peak managed only five points in the third quarter.The Longhorns seniors have their hearts set on returning to the state tournament in Fort Collins this year. They were the 3A state runner-up last season. After such an overpowering performance Friday night, Toney said she and her fellow seniors like their chances to get back to the Great 8.It feels really good, She said. Weve just got to keep going.scondon@aspentimes.com

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