Coal Ridge no match for No. 1 Longhorns |

Coal Ridge no match for No. 1 Longhorns

Nate Peterson and Jon MaletzAspen CO, Colorado
Jordan Curet The Aspen Times
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BASALT Basalt girls basketball coach Carolyn Compton thought her players lacked punch during the opening quarter of Friday’s night home win over Coal Ridge. So, Compton called a timeout and let her top-ranked team know, in so few words, that its 3A ranking wasn’t going to win the game alone.Whatever Compton said, the message certainly got through. Led by 22 points from senior guard Kat Fitzpatrick, Basalt carved out a 26-13 advantage at the half, then continued to double its lead in the final 24 minutes of a 61-30 rout.”They played well, pushed the ball well, and started doing what we do best,” Compton said. “Kat did a great job up top, Emily Peetz started stroking from the 3-point line and I got my bench in and was able to work some different combinations together.”

Peetz was the Longhorns’ second-leading scorer, finishing with 13 points, including a 3-for-6 showing from behind the arc. Senior forward Dayne Toney added 12 and also had two blocks, two steals and two defensive rebounds on the other end of the floor.Fitzpatrick finished with five steals of her own, and Peetz added four. Alia Munger and Kenzie Buck each added four points.”It was a pretty good game, but I still think there’s some things that we could do better,” Compton said. “As a coach, that’s what you hope for. You always want to have things you can improve upon.”Basalt (8-1) is off for a week before hosting Olathe at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Regis unintentionally kicked in a goal, then kicked it into high gear.The Raiders hockey team exploded with four goals in the second to all but put Friday’s game with visiting Aspen out of reach. The Skiers could not find momentum or the back of the net and fell, 6-3, to the state’s second-ranked team.”It’s not a case where we’re not capable of playing with these teams, it’s a case where they’re capitalizing and we’re not,” Aspen head coach Al Butler said. “They were pretty physical, they skated well and had a fair amount of depth. … We kind of started out slow and tried to feel the team out instead of come out and take it to them.”Aspen (5-5 overall, 3-2 5A Foothills) faced an early deficit after Regis struck for two goals – one shorthanded and another on a kick that referees ruled was inadvertent – in the game’s first 13 minutes. “Right away, we were down, 2-0,” Butler said, “But we obviously felt like we were still in the game. Then the flood gates opened.”The Raiders scored four goals on just nine shots in the second period. Maggie Melberg’s goal with 10 minutes, 2 seconds to play momentarily trimmed the deficit to four, but Regis answered right back to go ahead, 6-1. Simon Dolginow’s two goals – one on a shorthanded score in the second and the other off and assist from Willy Klein and Gaelen Means with 5:10 remaining in the third – ultimately did little to effect the outcome.Aspen outshot the Raiders, 15-6, in the final period, but could not capitalize on eight Regis penalties or its multiple scoring chances. It’s been a common trend. Despite outshooting Kent Denver by a margin of nearly two to one last weekend, the Skiers lost, 1-0.”It’d be different if we were losing and losing ugly and not even being competitive,” Butler said. “Getting the opportunities and making things happen is half the battle. … We’re still trying to figure out what we need to do to grind some of these games out on the winning side.”

Foul trouble kept two of Aspen’s guards off the court. Ultimately, it cost the Skiers a victory. The Aspen girls basketball team let a slim lead after three quarters slip away Friday in Cedaredge. The Skiers, a portrait of patience in the game’s first three quarters in a low-scoring game, were reduced to forcing the issue with full-court pressure midway through the fourth. The Bruins found holes in the press and turned a tight game into a comfortable 11-point 3A Western Slope victory.”I thought offensively we executed as good as we have all season,” Aspen head coach Jeremy Haack said. “We were very patient and were working the ball around for good shots.”The Skiers (3-6, 0-4), who have been struggling offensively, decided to opt for a different tact Friday. They looked to work the ball inside instead of firing away from the perimeter. The plan paid dividends as Aspen scored multiple easy buckets in the paint and converted the majority of its free throws, Haack said.Despite being saddled by foul trouble – star guar Julia Hassall was sent to the bench after picking up her third foul early in the third – the Skiers took a slim lead into the fourth quarter. Hassall and Grace Seigle each finished with nine points. Their fortunes shifted when Kylie Westerlind, one of the team’s top ballhandlers and offensive options, fouled out. Minutes later, Aspen walked off the court with its sixth straight loss. “Obviously, we are disappointed, but we’re definitely not going to quit,” Haack said. “They play hard for each other, and they play hard for me. We’ll continue to work hard.”

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