Basalt blisters Rams with 84-60 defeat |

Basalt blisters Rams with 84-60 defeat

Phil Sandoval

CARBONDALE – There were those among the 11 teams in the Class 3A Western Slope League who thought this would be the year Basalt would relinquish its supremancy in girls basketball.

That, measured against Tuesday’s 84-60 victory over Roaring Fork, proved otherwise.

Instead of a tight battle against the 4-1 Rams, Basalt put the game out of touch by halftime.

Five Longhorns, led by Miriah Mulcahy’s 21 points, scored in double figures to move Basalt’s record to 1-0 in league and even its overall mark to 2-2 this season.

The loss broke a three-game winning streak that Roaring Fork had going into the contest. The Rams are 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the WSL.

The Longhorns forced Roaring Fork into 22 turnovers in the first half, and opened up a 15 point lead at the end of the first quarter by hitting on 12-of-20 field goal attempts.

Basalt took a 6-0 lead in the opening 90 seconds and never looked back.

The `Horns defense didn’t allow the Rams a shot until the game was two minutes old. By then they had fashioned a seven-point margin.

And their lead just got bigger.

Miriah Mulcahy drained two of the 3-pointers the senior would finish with in the first period. The field goals, combined with Basalt’s 8-2 late run was enough of a cushion to relax on.

But, the `Horns weren’t about to rest on their early accomplishment.

They outscored Roaring Fork in the second and third quarters as well.

By the end of the third quarter, Basalt had mounted a 72-39 margin.

And after starting the final eight minutes in a cold spell. The question was raised at the scorer’s table if the team took the fourth quarter off.

Not really.

The `Horns reloaded midway into the period to score 10 of the game’s final 15 points to conclude the rout.

Autumn Caughern added 14 points for Basalt. Rochelle Moebius and Brittany Pollock finished with 12 each.

Ashley Jensen scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half, tying her with teammate Brie Bath for high scoring honors for Roaring Fork. Senior Tarn Udall scored 14 points and finished with eight rebounds.

Tuesday’s game concluded the pre-holiday break schedule for the Rams. Basalt has a non-league game scheduled against Glenwood Springs on Thursday prior to Christmas.

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