Lady Longhorns suffer first defeat in league
The Lady Longhorns’ streak of 12 straight league victories ended Friday night at Cedaredge, not long after senior captain Rochelle Moebius was knocked out of the game with a concussion.
Moebius’ injury, sustained while fighting for a rebound late in the third quarter, led to a 30-minute delay as paramedics attended to her. The injury also interrupted a Basalt comeback, as the Lady ‘Horns had just pulled even with Cedaredge, the No. 3 team in the Class 3A Western Slope League standings.
But after watching their teammate ushered out to an ambulance, Basalt coach Terry Kappeli said, “Things kind of fell apart after that. We stayed tied for a little bit, then they pulled away at the end.”
Basalt, now 12-1 in Class 3A Western Slope League play and 12-3 overall, succumbed 54-42.
Basalt’s scoring leader, senior Lauren Redfern, and junior guard Deanna Spracher fouled out in the fourth quarter of a game that saw the usual Longhorn optimism and resiliency exit the building along with Moebius.
“It’s hard to show that it has an effect on you, because you want to stay in the game, but I think it did have an effect on them,” said Kappeli, “to see one of their senior captains leave the game like that.”
Kappeli said Sunday that Moebius is “fine,” though it’s unclear whether she will be ready to play Tuesday night when the Lady ‘Horns host Eagle Valley for their “senior night” and regular-season home finale.
Senior Brittany Pollock led BHS in scoring with 16 points. Redfern chipped in 11, Spracher had seven and Moebius had six (through three-plus quarters).
With one league loss apiece, Basalt and Roaring Fork now share the No. 1 spot in the league standings with Cedaredge behind with three league losses. Three league games remain for Basalt, including a rematch with Roaring Fork in Carbondale, and despite the loss, the three-time defending league champion Basalt still controls its own destiny.
“It’s funny, [the loss] hasn’t changed a thing,” said Kappeli. “We can still win the rest of our games and win the league title.
“I think the loss came at a good time, I think it will help us focus more and pay attention to working harder.”
Basalt hosts Eagle Valley at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, travels to Hotchkiss Feb. 17, then concludes the regular season at Roaring Fork Feb. 20.
In the first meeting with Eagle Valley, in Eagle Jan. 20, the BHS girls escaped with a 53-47 win.
“They gave us a real tough game last time,” Kappeli said. “And as much as we’ll hate to miss her on senior night, we’ll be without Rochelle, most likely.”
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