Lady Longhorns settle score with Aspen
The two-time defending Class 3A Western Slope League Champion Basalt High girls basketball team settled its score with rival Aspen Tuesday night at the AHS gym.
Basalt posted a 15-point win, 58-43, to remain on top of the league standings. More importantly, perhaps, Basalt exacted due revenge from the only team in the league to beat them this season. Entering the game, Aspen (5-5 in league play, 8-7 overall) was the only team in the league to beat Basalt (9-1, 12-3), and that came on Basalt’s turf Jan. 18.
After a shaky first quarter for the Lady Longhorns, which saw the Skiers in front 12-9, Basalt’s full-court press and man-to-man defensive scheme turned the tables.
“We just came out in the second and did what we do – run ‘n’ gun and put points on the board. Aspen made a good effort coming back, sticking with us, but we played to our strengths and held on,” said Debbie Alcorta, the BHS coach.
“Man defense and pressing; basically it’s what we always do, but we hadn’t been doing it lately. But we really buckled down and stayed with the pressing and the man defense because that’s what’s gotten us so far in the first place.”
Basalt senior Mariah Mulcahy and Aspen senior Lizzie Suiter led all scorers with 21 points each. Basalt’s Lauren Redfern contributed 19 points, and Autumn Caughern had 12.
“They’re playing well and I think they’re peaking at the right time. Everyone’s learned their place: focusing on our strengths and not anyone else’s weaknesses,” Alcorta said.
Basalt and Cedaredge (8-1, 13-1) remain tied for first place in the league standings with one loss apiece. Aspen stands in fourth place, behind Roaring Fork (7-2, 11-3) and ahead of Eagle Valley (3-6, 6-8).
Basalt’s only league loss came courtesy of Aspen, while Cedaredge has Basalt to thank for their only loss this season – a 23-point rout at Cedaredge, no less.
Basalt plays host to Cedaredge this time around, set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the BHS Bighouse. It’s the first of four games remaining on Basalt’s regular season schedule.
“It’s a big game,” said Alcorta. “Cedaredge is a good team, and considering we went down there and knocked them off when they were undefeated, I’m sure they’re looking for redemption.”
Meanwhile, Aspen plays at Eagle Valley on Friday night.
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