Redfern’s 34 propels BHS past Rams
Basalt High senior Lauren Redfern scored a career-high 34 points, leading the Lady Longhorns to a pivotal 62-51 win over Roaring Fork in both squads’ league-opener Tuesday night at the BHS Big House.
Basalt, the three-time defending Class 3A Western Slope League champions, entered the game as an underdog, for once, to a league opponent. Previously undefeated Roaring Fork ” 5-0 before tip off ” had been picked by one Denver newspaper as the preseason No. 2 team in all of Colorado’s Class 3A, and the favorite to topple Basalt from its league supremacy.
“But we don’t really care about how we’re picked,” said Terry Kappeli, Basalt’s first-year coach. “We just care about unity, playing together and improving every game.”
Basalt demonstrated that and then some, before a large Big House crowd, in delivering Roaring Fork its first loss of the season. The Longhorns’ improved to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in league play.
“Lauren had an unbelievable game,” the coach said, for starters. “She was all over the court, playing all phases of the game.”
The 5-foot-10 Redfern, who plays every position but point guard, also had four blocks and six rebounds.
Basalt led 35-27 at halftime and maintained an advantage down the stretch when Roaring Fork was forced to foul.
“It was an excellent effort by the entire team,” said Kappeli. “We play a transition game so we don’t get a lot of rebounds because we’re pushing the ball off of steals and turnovers,” which numbered 13 and 18, respectively.
Basalt junior Deanna Spracher had 11 points, senior Brittany Pollock had 10 and senior Rochelle Moebius netted seven.
“Deanna was all over the court; great game,” the coach said. “And Rochelle did an excellent job rebounding.”
Roaring Fork’s Tarn Udall led the Rams with 20 points.
“We feel very good about the win because Roaring Fork is an excellent team,” Kappeli added.
On Friday at 6 p.m., the Lady Longhorns tip off at Glenwood Springs in their final game before the holiday break. (The Lady Longhorns’ first game in 2004 is at Olathe on Jan. 9.)
“It’ll be another tough game,” Kappeli said, “another in-valley rival and Glenwood is playing some good basketball.”
Basalt boys fall to Roaring Fork
The undefeated Roaring Fork boys basketball team improved to 6-0 with a 64-36 win over Basalt at the BHS Big House Tuesday night.
Roaring Fork senior Dan Markoya led all scorers with 28 points. Basalt junior Cody Burkholder led the Longhorns with 10.
Basalt trailed by only eight points at halftime, 26-18, but the Rams went on a 24-6 run in the third quarter to run away with the game.
“They’re pretty good, and you can’t make mistakes against them,” said Michael Green, the Basalt coach.
“We ended up having one bad quarter, the third, and that gave them the opportunity they needed. They’re the kind of team that’s going to look for that kind of opportunity to go on a run, and if you can stifle it, you can hang with ’em. But if not, they’re going to run away with it.”
Basalt dropped to 0-3 on the season, and 0-1 in Class 3A Western Slope League play.
Basalt plays at Glenwood Springs on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in their final game before the holiday break.
“We’re not down at all about what happened,” Green said. “We didn’t exactly do what we wanted to in the first half, but we kept it close. We just had let-downs in the third and they took advantage. But our kids continue to play hard, and they’ll continue to improve. And I think that will bear itself out in the end.”
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