Season openers tough on Longhorn b-ballers |

Season openers tough on Longhorn b-ballers

Aspen Times Staff

The Basalt High girls basketball team opened the season with a pair of road losses to top-10 ranked opponents – 56-45 at Rifle Thursday and 58-41 at Faith Christian in Denver Saturday.For the Lady Longhorns, it’s deja vu all over again. The four-time defending Class 3A Western Slope League champions opened last season – a 22-5 run into the state tournament – the same way.”We always set ’em up tough early and they certainly were,” said Basalt coach Terry Kappeli. “But that’s all right. It makes us much more resilient, I think. We opened the same way last year – and we did well.”Against Rifle, Basalt trailed 25-18 at the half. “We got behind immediately and couldn’t recover,” the coach said.”With Faith Christian, we were within four or six points – until the fourth quarter. Then they pulled away.”Junior guard Kelsea Mulcahy led Basalt with 13 points against Rifle. Senior guard Deanna Spracher contributed 11 points, junior forward Cassie Meyer had 6, sophomore guard Katy Mulcahy had 5, and freshmen phenoms Dayne Toney and Emily Peetz netted 4 apiece.Against Faith Christian, junior forward Allison Brumet led the Lady Longhorns with 10 points. Spracher added 8, junior forward Lindsey Soucie chipped in 6, Toney had 5, Peetz had 4 and the Mulcahy sisters had 3 each.”The wins will come,” said Kappeli. “We have a lot more youth this year, but also a much deeper bench. We’re getting great, great minutes out of some freshman players,” Toney and Peetz.Next, Basalt travels to Steamboat Springs for a Thursday-to-Saturday invitational tournament. The Lady Longhorns open against Green River, Wyo.Basalt boys fall to Rifle, MoffatThe Basalt High boys basketball team opened the season with a 30-point loss at Rifle Thursday, followed by a 53-44 loss to Moffat County at the BHS Big House Friday.Basalt trailed 36-24 at the half against Rifle. The Longhorns managed 15 points in the second half and Rifle posted a 70-40 victory.Cody Burkholder led BHS with 17 points. Ben Pollock added 11.Against Moffat County on Friday, Basalt led 22-16 at the half. Then Moffat County scored 21 points in the third quarter, to Basalt’s 9, to take control down the stretch.Burkholder again led the ‘Horns with 16 points. Pollock had 7 and Darren Duroux added 6.The ‘Horns head to Steamboat Springs this weekend for a boys and girls tournament.