Basalt girls win ninth straight |

Basalt girls win ninth straight

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BASALT The Basalt girls basketball team may have been undermanned Friday, but they still managed to keep their streak alive.The Longhorns, missing three players and coach Carolyn Compton, all of whom were suspended for three games for an unspecified violation of team rules, steadily distanced themselves from visiting Olathe in the second half and pulled out the 74-67 win.Basalt (13-3 overall, 10-1 3A Western Slope) has won nine consecutive games and swept its season series with the Pirates.”We started slow, but the girls fund it and came through,” Longhorns assistant coach Jason Kreiling said. “We finally started to rebound, run the fast break and sink our free throws. They did exactly what they needed to do.”Basalt, which led by three after one, stretched its lead to seven at the start of the second quarter with back-to-back buckets from Cassie Meyer. The Pirates responded with an 8-0 run to vault into the lead at 29-28. The two teams traded leads six more times in the quarter and headed to the locker room knotted at 37.The two teams exchanged buckets to open the third, until Basalt received a much-need spark from senior guard Amy Lund. Following, a steal and a lay-up by Melissa Stewart gave the Longhorns a 48-46 advantage, Lund hit consecutive 3-pointers to stretch the lead and force a Pirates timeout with 1 minute, 9 seconds remaining. “Our seniors really came through,” Kreiling said.That trend continued in the fourth quarter. Meyer controlled a pass down low and finished off the glass to give the Longhorns a 10-point lead at 65-55 with 3:25 to play. The Pirates could get no closer than seven the rest of the way.Basalt, which beat Olathe, 79-56, Jan. 19, combined to shoot 13 of 18 from the free throw line in the fourth to put the game out of reach.The Longhorns, who have won 12 of 13 and are one game behind undefeated Cedaredge in the conference standings, will look to continue their streak when they head to Gunnison today. Once again, they’ll be without Compton or key contributors Katy Mulcahy, Alia Munger and Dayne Toney; all four won’t return until Feb. 17’s regular season finale against Cedaredge.

The hangover from Saturday’s humbling 71-47 loss to rival Roaring Fork lingered Friday for the Basalt boys basketball team.

The Longhorns struggled through sluggish play in the first half, but managed to keep pace with Olathe. That changed in the third quarter when Basalt could muster just four points as the Pirates extended their lead en route to the 57-45 victory – just the second in the conference and fourth overall for the Slope’s last-place team.Basalt (3-7, 3-12), which was without coach Michael Green who is recovering from hand surgery, continued its season-long struggle with inconsistency and have lost five of six.”The kids played hard, but we were beat on the offensive boards,” Longhorns assistant coach Carl Frerichs said. “They continued to fight hard.”

The two teams struggled through shooting woes in a low scoring, but tight first quarter. Basalt opened strong with consecutive lay-ups from sophomore big man Taylor Foreman-Niko, but the Pirates answered with eight consecutive points. Longhorns junior Chaz Capobianco connected on three shots in the paint and Foreman-Niko added another lay-in to help Basalt cut into the lead. The Longhorns, which trailed, 15-14, after the first eight minutes, took the lead on junior Connor Rakowski’s 3-pointer from the corner on the first possession of the second quarter. They could muster just six points in the quarter’s final 7:33 and settled for a 23-23 halftime tie.Those shooting deficiencies continued in the third quarter in which Basalt was outscored, 17-4. The Longhorns could do little to cut into the 13-point deficit in the fourth.Basalt, which beat Olathe by 23 in the two teams’ previous meeting Jan. 19, will look to rebound today in Gunnison.Jon Maletz’s e-mail address is

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