Lady Horns cruise 49-34 |

Lady Horns cruise 49-34

Steve Benson
Aspen Times Staff Writer

The Basalt Lady Longhorns continue to cruise, beating Aspen High 49-34 in Aspen Saturday night to stretch their win-streak to eight games.

“We’re gaining momentum,” Terry Kappeli, the Basalt head coach, said after the game. “We’re trying to excel and play better every game.”

Aside from a momentary third-quarter letdown, the Lady Longhorns were flawless, flaunting a balanced offensive attack and a stubborn defense that forced numerous midcourt turnovers.

“That’s Basalt Longhorn basketball,” Kappeli said. “We like to force turnovers.”

Seniors Lauren Redfern and Rochelle Moebius and junior Deanna Spracher all scored in double digits ” 13, 12, and 11, respectively.

Kappeli said the distribution of points highlights what he feels is a balanced team with no single star.

“Everyone was outstanding,” he said.

But Basalt’s victory didn’t come without a fight. Trailing 22-14 at the half, Aspen came out of the locker room fired up. And by the middle of the third quarter, the score was tied.

“That was just a third quarter lapse,” Kappeli said.

Whatever it was, the Lady Longhorns arose from their second-half slumber with an explosion of fourth-quarter points, and Kappeli was impressed with his team’s reaction.

“The girls have great composure,” he said.

Aspen’s Liz Floyd, a junior, scored a team-high 13 points, followed by senior Leandra Sivess, who contributed seven points.

At this point in the season, the rivals are currently headed in opposite directions. On Friday night, Basalt beat Cedaredge 59-47 to improve to 8-2 overall and 5-0 in the Class 3A Western Slope League play. Aspen, 2-8 overall and winless in league play, fell to Eagle Valley 44-37 Friday night.

Up next: Aspen hosts Olathe on Friday while the Lady ‘Horns travel to Eagle Valley Tuesday night.

Following the girls game, Aspen spectators were treated to a performance by the Air Force Academy marching band, which played for several minutes as the Aspen and Basalt boys went through their pregame warmups. In town for Wintersköl, the band was planning to spend the night in the Aspen High gym.


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