Basalt girls down Hotchkiss, set up battle for title |

Basalt girls down Hotchkiss, set up battle for title

HOTCHKISS ” There will be a winner-take-all battle for the Class 3A Western Slope League girls basketball title Friday night. And, again, it will be between Basalt and Roaring Fork.

Basalt ensured a one-game championship game for league honors by defeating Hotchkiss 59-44 Tuesday night.

Both Basalt and the Rams enter Friday’s contest with 12-1 league records. Basalt’s lone league loss came Feb. 6 at Cedaredge, while Roaring Fork’s only loss of the season came at Basalt in the December league opener .

In Tuesday’s game against Hotchkiss, four Longhorn players hit double figures. Lauren Redfern notched 16 points and six blocks, while Britney Pollock finished with 13 points and four steals. Deanna Spracher and Rochelle Moebius, who is back from a concussion suffered at Cedaredge, ended up with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Hotchkiss drops to 3-10 in league play.

HOTCHKISS ” The Basalt High School boys basketball team couldn’t overcome a first half in which it scored only 10 points as Hotchkiss downed the Longhorns 48-38 in a Western Slope League contest here Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs outscored Basalt 12-5 in each of the game’s first two quarters before the Longhorns went on a 20-10 run in the third to draw within four points at 34-30. Basalt couldn’t complete the comeback, however, as Hotchkiss regained its defensive stride in the final quarter, holding the Longhorns to eight points.

Hugo Araujo led the Longhorns with 13 points, while Cody Burkholder chipped in nine.

Basalt (5-8 league, 5-13 overall) is tied for fifth place with Gunnison. Hotchkiss, which will finish the regular season in seventh place, improved to 3-10 in league (5-13).

Basalt travels to first-place Roaring Fork for the regular-season finale Friday night.

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