End of the line for Basalt boys, girls
Basalt girls basketball coach Carolyn Compton said her three seniors deserved better Saturday after the Longhorns’ season came to a close with a 36-36 loss against Colorado Springs Christian.The third-seeded Longhorns led by eight after the first quarter and two at the half against the second-seeded Lions, but struggled offensively in the final 16 minutes and let an upset slip away.”We just couldn’t get the offense rolling,” Compton said on the bus ride back from Colorado Springs. “We were dominating on defense in the first half, but we made a few a key turnovers at the wrong time and they turned it around.”After two 3-point baskets to close the first half, the Lions took control of the game in the third. Basalt was held to just four while the Lions dropped in 12. Basalt regained a bit of its offensive momentum in the final quarter with 11 points, but it was too little, too late.”We had a lot of opportunities,” Compton said. “They didn’t really hurt us defensively too much. They were physical, and they made us work for every rebound, but we really just did it to ourselves. We played some of the best defense I’ve ever seen, but we just couldn’t equal it on the offensive side.”It was the final game in a Basalt uniform for seniors Lindsey Soucie, Allison Brumet and Darbi Scherer. With a solid core of juniors and sophomores, the Longhorns (19-4) will look to repeat as 3A Western Slope champions next season and make another run at state.But on Saturday, Compton wasn’t ready to look to the future yet.”I don’t want to disrespect any of our seniors,” she said. “There’s a lot of excitement about how young we are, but my seniors deserved better today. There wasn’t a single one of them out there that was ready to be done. … It just wasn’t our season to go to the final eight.”Basalt’s leading scorer was junior Cassie Meyer, who went 2-2 from the free-throw line and finished with 14 points.Sophomore Dayne Toney had seven first-half points, but was held scoreless in the second. Junior Katy Mulcahy had six points. It was an atypical showing for both players.”That was part of it,” Compton said. “I don’t want to say Katie just had six points, because she was out there playing the game with a black eye, and she was everywhere doing what Katie does, but we really did struggle offensively.”Denver Christian 43, Basalt 29The Lady Longhorns weren’t alone in their offensive woes Saturday. Against defending state champion Denver Christian, the fourth-seeded Basalt boys had their second-lowest output of the season in a 43-28 loss in Denver. The only team to hold Basalt (14-10) to fewer points was 3A Western Slope champion Roaring Fork, who beat the Longhorns in 35-28 in the district championship game last Saturday.Basalt’s top offensive player, Ben Pollock, was held to just four points, three of which came at the free-throw line. Senior Darren Duroux was the Longhorns’ top scorer, finishing with 13.The Crusaders (24-1) got 14 points from senior guard Tristan Matthies and another 11 from senior center Brent Schuster.Pollock and Duroux were two of seven seniors playing in their final game for the Longhorns. The other seniors were JP Fitzpatrick, Jamie Wirkler, J.T. Donovan, Riley Eaton and Jason Troyer.Fitzpatrick, Troyer and Wirkler each had two points. Junior Duncan McDaniel was Basalt’s third-leading scorer with four.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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