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Gosda, Skiers hang on against Longhorns

Jon Maletz
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For one moment as time was running out in the fourth quarter, the Basalt defense flinched. Aspen’s Luke Gosda made the Longhorns pay.Gosda drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 15 seconds to play, and Basalt’s Ben Pollock missed two crucial free throws as the Skiers (8-7, 5-3) held on for the 56-54 win in Thursday’s rivalry matchup.”The ending was almost unimaginable,” said Gosda, who led Aspen with 20 points. “I live off the pressure. “I thought Ben was gonna make that second one.”

While players battled for a loose ball under the Skiers net with Basalt leading 54-52, Gosda faded toward the 3-point line. When he received the pass, the 6-foot guard, who scored 16 of his 20 in the second half, let go a high, arcing shot that rattled in. Aspen led 55-54.The Longhorns (8-8, 5-4) put the ball in the hands of Pollock, who drove to the basket, initiated contact and drew a foul with 6.6 seconds remaining. The game was in the hands of Basalt’s spark plug. Pollock, who led all scorers with 23, had ended the second quarter with a half-court shot at the buzzer and completed a personal 5-0 run just minutes earlier to tie the game at 50. He had been a perfect 2-for-2 from the line.The first shot hit the front of the rim and bounced out. After a timeout by Aspen coach Steve Ketchum, Pollock’s second shot did the same. Gosda was fouled on the rebound, then hit one of two from the line. A desperation 3-pointer by Duncan McDaniel ricocheted off the backboard as time expired.”Everyone is going to look at that last portion of the game, but we had missed opportunities the entire game,” Basalt coach Michael Green said. “We missed a layup here, then didn’t grab a rebound and committed turnovers. We left some shooters open in some situations.” The Longhorns used their size advantage and Pollock’s ability to score from the outside to end the first half on a 7-0 run and take a 32-25 lead. Pollock had 15 points through two quarters.In the third, Aspen leaned on Gosda on both ends of the court, Ketchum said. Despite shadowing Pollock and holding the point guard to three points in the third, Gosda helped the Skiers climb back into the game with 10 in the quarter. His 3 as time expired gave Aspen a 42-41 lead heading into the fourth. That was the Skiers’ first lead since sophomore Cory Parker’s layup made it 19-16 in the first few minutes of the second quarter.Despite the constant, lingering thoughts of a Jan. 20 loss to the Longhorns and the loss of Parker, who fouled out, Aspen remained poised. “I was proud of our defensive effort in the second half,” Ketchum said. “Luke played great, and I’m proud of his leadership. Basalt outplayed us for the first half, but games are won at the end.”

Basalt 46, Aspen 34It took only a few choice words during a heated halftime speech to spark the Basalt girls basketball team.”I told them there was no way they could be satisfied, and unless they wanted to be embarrassed, they needed to get on it,” Longhorns coach Carolyn Compton said.Basalt (14-2, 8-1) responded, erasing all memories of a lackluster first-half performance with a 46-34 win over the rival Skiers (5-11, 2-7).In breaking the game open during the third quarter, the Longhorns turned to their height advantage in the paint and defensive pressure. Basalt opened the quarter on an 11-0 run, fueled by the play of Lindsey Soucie and Allison Brumet down low. Soucie and Brumet scored eight of the Longhorns’ 13 in the quarter as Basalt increased a two-point halftime lead to 12. Soucie, saddled with two quick fouls in the first half, scored just two points through the game’s first 16 minutes. She finished with 13.”I’m used to getting a lot of fouls and I kept my head up,” Soucie said. “This win means we’re one step closer to winning the league.”Basalt, which used a rotation of four different defenses throughout the game, held Aspen to three points in the third.”I told them there was no way they could be satisfied, and unless they wanted to be embarrassed, they needed to get on it,” Longhorns coach Carolyn Compton said.Basalt (14-2, 8-1) responded, erasing all memories of a lackluster first-half performance with a 46-34 win over the rival Skiers (5-11, 2-7).In breaking the game open during the third quarter, the Longhorns turned to their height advantage in the paint and defensive pressure. Basalt opened the quarter on an 11-0 run, fueled by the play of Lindsey Soucie and Allison Brumet down low. Soucie and Brumet scored eight of the Longhorns’ 13 in the quarter as Basalt increased a two-point halftime lead to 12. Soucie, saddled with two quick fouls in the first half, scored just two points through the game’s first 16 minutes. She finished with 13.”I’m used to getting a lot of fouls and I kept my head up,” Soucie said. “This win means we’re one step closer to winning the league.”Basalt, which used a rotation of four different defenses throughout the game, held Aspen to three points in the third.


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