Basalt girls win league title with weekend routs
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Let the Queen song play: The Basalt High girls basketball team won the 3A Western Slope League title with two weekend wins.
On Friday, the Longhorns beat Eagle Valley (3-6 in league, 7-11 overall) 72-38 in the last league game of the season.
“It was really fun – we played all of our girls, and [those] who played, scored,” said Basalt coach Debbie Alcorta. “It was a great defensive effort – we ran four different presses, and the girls executed every single press beautifully.”
Senior Molly McGrath collected 11 points and nine assists against the Devils, which should enforce her status as the state leader in assists with nearly 140 for the season. Other players to break double digits included Autumn Caughern with 13, Mariah Mulcahy with 12, and Stephanie Kemp and Lauren Redfern with 11 each.
On Saturday, the Longhorns welcomed defending 2A state champion West Grand to the BHS Bighouse. The Longhorns held West Grand’s top scorers to single digits and ended the game with a 52-22 win.
“They played pretty good defensively, but offensively, they don’t have a lot of shooters,” Alcorta said of West Grand. “They’re young and just learning.”
Redfern led scoring with 17 points, followed by McGrath with 12, Mulcahy with 11 and Caughern with seven.
Basalt (now 10-0 in league, 18-1 overall), the first valley school to finish up its regular season, will now wait a week as league rivals finish the final games before the Feb. 26 start of district tournaments. As 3A Western Slope champs, the Longhorns have earned the tourney’s No. 1 seed and an automatic bye to the second round of district play on Feb. 28.
Basalt will then play the district’s No. 8 seed, which Alcorta said could bring another matchup with Eagle Valley.
“I’m pretty sure we’re going to see Eagle Valley our first game. Right now they’re eighth,” she said.
As for another easy win for the Longhorns, Alcorta wasn’t so sure.
“Eagle Valley is a better team than what their record shows,” she said.
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