‘Horns girls win fourth straight | AspenTimes.com

‘Horns girls win fourth straight

Nate Peterson

Aspen, CO ColoradoBASALT Watch out, Aspen.Basalt’s girls basketball team rolled to its fourth consecutive blowout win Saturday with a 65-29 rout of Gunnison.Now the Longhorns (8-3, 5-1 in 3A Western Slope) have set their sights on the Skiers, whom they’ve beaten by 22 and 30 points, respectively, in two games this season. Basalt travels to Aspen for round No. 3, which tips off at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.”It’s never easy to beat a team three times,” Basalt head coach Carolyn Compton said. “We know that they’ve gotten better both times we’ve seen them, and they’re going to be ready to go. We’ll try to change a few things up, but do what we do and basically see if they can keep up with us.”Gunnison certainly couldn’t keep up Saturday, nor could Olathe in a 79-56 Longhorns win on Basalt’s home floor.The Longhorns led 27-14 at the half against Gunnison, then ran away in the second half. Basalt’s Emily Peetz led all scorers with 17 points, while Dayne Toney added 15.”It was just a good team effort,” Compton said. “We just did a lot of rotations and experimented a bit with a few things. The girls were pretty much just having a good time. I was happy to see the consistency with the scoring, even though I was rotating different people in and out throughout the game.”Friday night against Olathe, Basalt unloaded 32 points in the second quarter to take a 49-25 lead into the locker room at the half. Senior Cassie Meyer finished with a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds before fouling out. Kat Fitzpatrick added 14, Toney had 12, and Katie Mulcahy and Peetz each had 10.”In the second quarter, I don’t know what it was, but we just played great basketball,” Compton said. “For Olathe, I thought they put up a good fight. They were playing some ball. I was impressed with them that they scored 56 because we don’t play soft defense. They were working hard, which allowed us to work hard and not feel as bad about winning by that much. I was glad somebody tried to run with us.”Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is npeterson@aspentimes.com


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