No. 1 Basalt girls roll against Titans |

No. 1 Basalt girls roll against Titans

Jon MaletzThe Aspen TimesAspen, CO Colorado

BASALT Basalt girls basketball coach Carolyn Compton couldn’t remember the last time her bench didn’t score a single point. Fortunately for her and the top-ranked Longhorns, the starters more than made up for that lack of production Friday night against Coal Ridge. Top-ranked Basalt overcame a sluggish first half, extended its lead to 10 points after three then, on the strength of a 21-point fourth-quarter outburst, cruised to the 58-40 victory.”We didn’t play very well. It’s becoming a trend,” said Compton in a dissatisfied tone befitting a coach struggling through a mediocre season, not vying for an undefeated conference record and another state title game berth. “It seems like we play just as hard as we have to and let the other teams stay close for a couple quarters before blowing them out. But I guess if we beat everybody by 40 or 50, my name would be mud anyway, so maybe they’re protecting me.”The Longhorns (13-1 overall, 9-0 3A Western Slope) led by only two after the first eight minutes and headed to the locker room with a 24-19 advantage.Compton admitted she had little to say to her team at halftime.”I obviously have to question their play if we do get some competition,” she added. “Part of me says these girls are smart, and they know exactly what they are doing. They know how to turn it up. Their seniors for the most part, so I can’t be too worried.”Basalt, winners of 11 straight, rounded into form in the second half en route to a win and regular-season series sweep of the Titans. Senior guard Emily Peetz, playing on an injured ankle, hit three 3-pointers and dished out 10 assists, and backcourt mate Kat Fitzpatrick scored 15 points and led the Longhorns’ transition attack with seven steals.Dayne Toney contributed 14 points and six rebounds – seven below her season average – and Alia Munger and Hailey Guglielmo each had 10 for Basalt, which hosts Roaring Fork Saturday at 2:30 p.m.”[The Rams] are a different animal in terms of how well the girls know each other,” Compton said. The Longhorns topped Roaring Fork, 56-47, in the first meeting. “… They’re feisty, they work hard and, oh yeah, they’ll give us a game. Everybody’s been giving us their best shot. They’d love to be the first team to beat Basalt.”

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