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Hoops:Roaring Fork girls run wild against Basalt

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jim Ryan/Special to The Aspen TimesMegan Gianinetti goes goes up strong Friday.

CARBONDALE – Suffocating Roaring Fork pressure left the visiting Basalt girls gasping Friday night.

The Longhorns committed seven turnovers before attempting a shot, forcing head coach Lauren Redfern to burn a timeout after just 76 seconds had elapsed in the opening quarter. Undersized Basalt mustered just one field goal in the first eight minutes, 14 points in the first half and appeared powerless to contend with the rival Rams on the offensive glass. The result was a lopsided 57-33 loss – the Longhorns’ seventh in eight games.

“That was a glimpse of what we can be,” Roaring Fork head coach Kirk Cheney said. “There was good hustle, good hard defense. … That’s definitely our best game of the year, by far.”

The Longhorns struggled to push the ball past half court, let alone produce any open looks, at the outset Friday against ball-hawking, full-court Rams pressure. Megan Gianinetti led the Roaring Fork charge, scoring on the offensive glass, then converting off a steal in transition to spark a 9-0 Roaring Fork run in the game’s first four minutes. The junior finished with

20 points.

Basalt junior Carina Capobianco momentarily quelled the onslaught with a 3 from the corner, but the Rams responded with a 10-0, quarter-ending spurt in which four different players scored.

The Longhorns gained some traction offensively in the second quarter, largely due to the aggressive play of junior Lindsay Corzine, but their problems on defense persisted.

While Roaring Fork struggled to finish around the basket, it utilized its size to dominate the boards and generate multiple shot attempts per possession. It scored five second-chance hoops in the second quarter and amassed a 36-14 advantage at halftime.

“It’s important for them to understand that part of the game, what their size can do for them,” Cheney said. “They should be dominating the glass.”

Basalt was outscored by just two points during the second half, but it could pull no closer than 22 in the game’s final 16 minutes. Consequently, the Longhorns dropped to 0-2 in 3A Western Slope play.

Corzine finished with 14 points and Capobianco 11 for Basalt, which will look to rebound at 2:30 p.m. today in Parachute, when it takes on Grand Valley.

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