Longhorns send Titans packing
BASALT Wednesday’s first-round girls district basketball game at Basalt was a matchup of opposites.On one side there were the second-seeded Longhorns, with 10 upperclassmen on a 13-player roster. On the other, there was seventh-seeded Coal Ridge, whose roster lists one junior and nine underclassmen.Basalt’s speed and experience was no match for the young Titans, as the Longhorns rolled, 85-40.
The loss ended Coal Ridge’s season, while the Longhorns moved on to the district semifinals and will face Hotchkiss at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Palisade High School. If the Longhorns win, they will be back Saturday to play in the district championship.”We absolutely should be there,” Longhorns coach Carolyn Compton said. “I think if we are not there, it will be because of our own doing.”Basalt took control of the game from the very beginning, fast-breaking and scoring uncontested layups before the Coal Ridge defense had a chance to set up.
“That’s our style of basketball. We are quick, and we got away from that the past couple of games, and I don’t know why,” Compton said. “So it was important to me that we got back into Longhorn basketball, and Longhorn basketball is full-court.”Titans head coach Tiffany Robison was proud of her team’s effort in only its second varsity season.”As long as they come out and play as a team and give 100 percent, I don’t really care what the scoreboard says,” Robison said. “They should be proud of themselves. … We had an up-and-down season, but they should keep their heads up.”
The Longhorns built a 31-8 lead in the first quarter before Titans sophomore Kelly Romero hit a layup to close out the quarter.Basalt (16-4 overall) slowed down its offense in the second quarter, and Compton began substituting her younger players as the Titans (6-14) started keeping up with the Longhorns. In the second half, Coal Ridge had spurts but turned the ball over multiple times, allowing Basalt to continue to put points on the board with it fast-paced scoring attack.By the end of the game, every single Longhorns player had scored. Dayne Toney led the way with 16, Emily Peetz had 13, including two 3-pointers, and Michelle Mills added 10.”Girls that are used to scoring a lot of points took on some other roles tonight and really helped their teammates get better,” Compton said. “Like Cassie [Meyer], she only had six points, but she had 10 defensive rebounds and that’s just rebounding it hard so her teammates can get it and go.”
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