Hoops: Everhart’s 26 points lead Aspen girls over Basalt
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – The Aspen girls led Basalt by just one point with 4 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the second quarter Friday night. Fifteen seconds later, senior Hayley Kremer hit a short jumper in the lane, igniting a 9-2 Skiers run that gave the home team a 24-16 halftime lead.
They never looked back.
Led by senior Bailey Everhart’s 26-point effort, the Skiers defeated the Longhorns, 59-37. Aspen improved to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in the 3A Western Slope.
Basalt dropped to 1-9 overall and 0-4 in the league, losing their fourth straight game – all by a margin of 15 or more points.
Skiers head coach Jeremy Haack said he was proud of his team’s effort playing a mix of full-court and half-court defense throughout the game.
“The defensive pressure created some offense for us at the end of the second half,” Haack said. “We were up by eight at the half, and I challenged the girls to play even harder in the second half and they did.”
After Kremer scored, putting the Skiers up 17-14 with 4:35 left in the second quarter, Everhart, feeding off her teammates’ excellent passes to her in the key, was fouled twice and made all four free throws. She continued her scoring in the third quarter, adding 10 points as Aspen amassed a 41-24 lead and all but put this game out of reach.
“I couldn’t have done it without them,” Everhart said of her teammates. “We passed it really well and shot great as well. That was probably the best we shot all season.”
Haack added: “It’s a team thing. It’s not one player on this team. I thought all the girls stepped up, and we got a lot of
second-chance opportunities and created a lot of offense off of our defense.”
Analy Luquin, Lindsey Corzine and Emmalee Erickson each scored eight points for Basalt, which struggled with one of its key players injured. With 1:30 left in the first quarter, junior Carina Capobianco fell hard on her left shoulder after a collision with an Aspen player at midcourt. She played briefly in the second quarter with athletic tape attached to her shoulder.
In the third, Capobianco took the court playing primarily with just her right arm. She drew a foul and was sent to the line and made one of two free throws. One minute later, down 31-19, she was taken out and her left shoulder was wrapped in ice.
Next up for Aspen is another home league matchup with Grand Valley at 2:30 p.m. today. Basalt hosts Gunnison at 2:30 p.m.
Stuck in the middle of the league standings, Haack hopes that his team can build off of a good win.
“I was most impressed by their intensity and their energy,” Haack said. “I think they competed like I knew they could, and we just came out today and let it fly.”
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