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GUNNISON, Colo. – The Basalt girls basketball team was riding high after a dominating effort against rival Aspen at home Friday night. The feeling did not last long.
The Longhorns trailed by just seven at halftime Saturday in Gunnison, but they unraveled down the stretch. Basalt scored just nine points in the final 16 minutes, was outscored, 15-3, in the fourth quarter and fell, 56-27.
The Longhorns now are 4-7 overall and 2-5 in 3A WSL play. They visit Hotchkiss at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Head coach Lauren Redfern did not return a call seeking comment.
GUNNISON, Colo. – Basalt’s search for a first league win continues.
The Longhorns squandered a chance to upset rival Aspen on Friday. Things did not improve Saturday in Gunnison, as Basalt fell, 61-38.
“They’re playing hard. There are just some breakdowns in execution that are killing us,” Longhorns head coach Jon Pettit said. “Gunnison shot the ball very well.”
Basalt led by two points after one quarter and trailed by just eight at the half, Pettit said. It trimmed a 14-point, third-quarter deficit to 10 early in the fourth.
Then, the game got away from them.
“We kind of pressed, and they got some pretty easy looks,” Pettit said. “We had some [defensive] breakdowns trying to make things happen.”
The loss – their sixth straight – dropped the Longhorns to 3-9 overall and 0-6 in Slope play. Things do not appear to get much easier from here, either; five of Basalt’s seven remaining opponents entered Saturday with an overall record at or above .500.
Basalt will look to turn things around at 7 p.m. Friday, when they visit Hotchkiss.
“We could use a win,” Pettit said. “I think there’s a sense of urgency, but I think there’s always a sense of urgency to win.”
BOULDER – The Skiers’ already slim playoff hopes took another hit Saturday in Boulder.
Aspen squandered a one-goal, first-period lead against Monarch and fell, 2-1. The Skiers are now 2-10 overall and 1-5 in 5A Foothills conference play.
“It’s just one of those situations where we haven’t figured out how to win the close games,” Aspen head coach Al Butler said. “We compete well, we just don’t know how to finish. It seems like they’re content to kind of compete at this point. We have to try and get over that.”
The Skiers jumped out in front on a first-period goal from sophomore Colter Robinson.
The Coyotes responded with an equalizer in the second, then went ahead for good on a goal with about seven minutes remaining in regulation. Both scores came on Aspen miscues, Butler said.
“Off a face-off they got the puck to the net, crashed hard and outnumbered us,” he said of the first Monarch goal. “And then [in the third period] we just turned the puck over four times consecutively in our own zone, they got the puck to the net, got the rebound and put it in.”
Still, Butler said he was pleased with his team’s effort – particularly after a humbling 10-0 loss to Ralston Valley the night before.
“They very easily could have been intimidated and lackluster [Saturday],” he added.
“[Friday] was probably pretty demoralizing. And it wasn’t like we weren’t trying out there, because we were. We were trying to play physical and were working hard. That team was very skilled top to bottom. They had 11 seniors and it showed.”
Butler’s young Skiers will need to rebound in a hurry if they are to stay in the postseason conversation. They host Battle Mountain at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mullen at 7 p.m. Friday and Chatfield at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Ice Arena.
“If we lose to Battle Mountain, [our playoff] hopes will start to look slim. We’ve got to win a minimum of two out of the next three to be in the hunt,” Butler said. “They’ve got to figure it out and play with more heart and urgency.”
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