Longhorns girls rebound against Bruins
Basalt girls basketball coach Carolyn Compton struggled to hide her disappointment Friday after watching her team fall in overtime. Saturday’s performance, however, calmed the coach’s nerves. The Longhorns (18-3) responded in impressive fashion, beating Cedaredge 54-40 in the 3A District 2 consolation game.”We came out pretty strong,” Compton said. “I think they had a little bit of a chip on their shoulders. That’s what they needed.”The Bruins kept the score close after one quarter of play, but fell behind in a second quarter in which Basalt scored 19 points. The Longhorns (18-3, 11-1) took a 29-19 lead into the break. Junior Katy Mulcahy led the team with 18 points. Sophomores Dayne Toney and Emily Peetz pitched in with 13 and 10, respectively. Eight of the nine Longhorns who saw action scored.Basalt’s offense was stagnant in the third quarter, producing only four points in eight minutes. Cedaredge could not capitalize, however, because of the strength of the Longhorns defense, which Compton said was the best in the league this season.”We were playing good hard aggressive defense,” Compton said. “I’d like to see a little more offense, but that’s gonna come.”While it held Cedaredge to nine or fewer points scored in three of four quarters, Basalt committed a high number of fouls for a second straight game. Two Bruins players registered 16 attempts from the free throw line. On Friday, Hotchkiss scored 25 of its 48 points from the line.”We had a few silly fouls that we’ll need to get rid of if we are to step up at the next level,” Compton said.While Basalt will not learn its 3A playoff fate until this afternoon when official brackets are released, Compton’s gameplan for the upcoming week of practice has already been established, she said. The coach is hoping her players can clean up the mental mistakes that have hindered their ability to distance themselves from opponents.Compton said she is looking for increased and consistent production on the offensive side of the ball, especially in the paint. She’s willing to live with the occasional turnovers, which are a byproduct of the Longhorns’ aggressive running style. The team was forced to sit an watch as Roaring fork defeated Hotchkiss to take the district title – a title that was firmly in Basalt’s grasp for the majority of the season. The experience and the disappointment should provided added motivation, Compton said. “It was tough to watch because we still led the league with our record,” Compton said. “We just dropped a game at the wrong time. “I’m incredibly proud of my players. We’ve had a great season, and it’s not over yet.” Basalt boys shut down against Roaring Fork; Aspen boys lose consolationRoaring Fork spent more than two months proving it was the class of the Western Slope. Saturday, it added the exclamation point.The Rams (18-2, 12-0)), who went unbeaten in conference play this season, held Basalt to a season-low 25 points and won the 3A District 2 title by 13 points. The win halts the Longhorns’ season-long five-game winning streak.The win is the Rams’ 17th straight victory. They defeated Aspen, 61-37, in Friday’s semifinals. Following its win against the Skiers on Jan. 13, The Rams won each of the next 10 games on their schedule by 20 or more points. The Longhorns (13-9, 8-4), which beat Gunnison Friday, halted that streak, but could do little offensively to stay in the final. The Skiers (10-12, 6-6) were hoping to build off Tuesday’s emotional 46-45 victory over Olathe, but the team’s trip to Palisade was marred by two defeats. Aspen, which lost to Roaring Fork by 24 on Friday, fell in Saturday’s consolation match with Gunnison, 59-43.Head coaches Michael Green (Basalt) and Steve Ketchum (Aspen) did not return calls seeking comment.
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