BHS boys b-ballers split finales; BHS girls stumble
In the final weekend of regular season play, the Basalt High boys basketball team split two games, beating Cedaredge 61-41 Friday at home before falling to Hotchkiss 49-45 on the road Saturday.The split allowed the BHS boys to hang onto the No. 2 spot in the Class 3A Western Slope League standings, behind No. 1 Roaring Fork. Basalt, 8-4 in league and 10-9 overall, enters the 3A WSL district tourney as the No. 2 seed.Against Cedaredge, the No. 4 team at 6-6 in league and 11-8 overall, Basalt’s Cody Burkholder led all scorers with 31 points. Darren Duroux had 16 points and Ben Pollock added 11. Basalt led from the first quarter.At Hotchkiss (2-9 in league, 4-13 overall) on Saturday, Hotchkiss took control in the second quarter, leading 17-15 at the half. Burkholder led BHS with 16 points and Duroux had 15.BHS girls stumble into district tourneyThe Basalt High girls basketball dropped two games to conclude their regular season schedule Friday and Saturday.On Friday at the BHS gym, Basalt lost to Cedaredge 53-37. On Saturday at Hotchkiss, Basalt lost 39-31.Basalt, 6-6 in Class 3A Western Slope League play this season, finished the regular season at 7-12 overall, in fifth place in the league standings. Basalt faces No. 4 Aspen (6-6, 11-8) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the 3A WSL district tournament. The winner advances, the loser goes home.Annie Schwener and Deanna Spracher led BHS against Cedaredge with seven points each. Against Hotchkiss, Kelsea Mulcahy led the Longhorns with 12 points.
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