Girls basketball: Horns pressure rival Rams
The Aspen Times
BASALT — Carsyn Knotts and the Longhorns pushed visiting Roaring Fork to the limit Saturday.
The Basalt High School girls basketball team, chasing its first win of the season, scrambled into a crowd-pleasing halftime lead against the visiting Rams.
But Roaring Fork clamped down defensively in the third quarter, limiting Basalt to only three points as the Rams built a 29-20 lead.
The Rams closed out the Western Slope League victory by outscoring the Longhorns 8-7 in the fourth quarter and winning 37-27.
Knotts, who led all scorers with 18 points, hit a 3-pointer for Basalt midway through the third period — the Longhorns only points of the quarter.
The Basalt sophomore started the fourth quarter with a driving basket and a foul shot. But Roaring Fork protected its lead with baskets from Katie Weimer and Emily Fisher.
Ashley Hall added two key foul shots for the Rams, who were led by 12 points from Fisher.
Lyndsay Hansen added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the Roaring Fork victory Saturday at the Big House.
Cindy Salinas scored five points.
Hall and Weimer finished with four points each.
Fisher also hit two 3-pointers for the Roaring Fork girls, who were coming off a 26-24 loss to Aspen on Friday night.
The Roaring Fork girls improved to 3-5 overall, 2-1 in the Western Slope League.
The Basalt girls moved to 0-6, 0-3 in conference.
Kaity Johnson added three points for the Longhorns.
Rubi Araiza and Aimee Machuca scored two each for the Basalt girls.
Knotts finished with two 3-pointers and a team-leading eight rebounds.
The Basalt girls will play at Moffat County next Friday night.
The Roaring Fork girls will host Grand Valley on Friday before traveling to Olathe next Saturday.
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