Basalt girls win state consolation title
Talk about bouncing back.
The Basalt girls rebounded from an agonizing first-round overtime loss in the State Basketball Tournament by winning two consecutive games and claiming the consolation championship.
The Longhorns, playing two early morning games, beat Manitou Springs 51-39 on Friday and finished off Faith Christian 53-38 on Saturday.
The Basalt girls, with the best season in school history, finished with the state consolation trophy and a numbing 25-2 overall record.
Their only losses included the 67-62 overtime heartbreaker against Centauri on Thursday, in the opening round of the 3A State Tournament in Colorado Springs.
But the Horns left that loss behind in only a few hours, returning to Clune Arena at the Air Force Academy early Friday morning to take on the Mustangs from nearby Manitou Springs in an elimination game.
The Horns of first-year coach Debbie Alcorta pulled away in the fourth quarter to win by 12. Directed by point guard Molly McGrath, Basalt advanced to the consolation finals. Mariah Mulcahy led the balanced scoring attack for Basalt with 15 points. Lauren Redfern added 14 and fellow sophomore Autumn Caughern scored 13.
McGrath logged 10 assists with a handful of assists. Chelsea Woloszyn led Manitou Springs with 16 points.
Playing in a breakfast game again on Saturday, the Longhorns picked up right where they left off on Friday.
At full throttle, the Basalt offense ignited in the second quarter as the Horns outscored Faith Christian 18-6 to take a 13-point halftime lead (28-15).
From there the Longhorns rolled to the 53-38 victory, dominating in the consolation championship game.
Again balanced scoring marked the versatile Basalt attack, which, of course, fed off the tenacious Longhorn pressure defense. Mulcahy scored 12 and Redfern added 11.
Stephanie Kemp, a key senior for Basalt, added 10 in her final game for the Horns. She also, unofficially, picked up seven steals, giving her 14 steals in the Friday and Saturday games at the State Tournament.
Christie Thompson, another Basalt senior playing her final game, collected six rebounds against Faith Christian, giving her a total of 16 in her final two games.
And McGrath, the senior point, made her point with eight points, five assists and a team-leading seven rebounds.
Seniors Pam Mayer and Rochelle Moebius also concluded their careers at Basalt High School with appearances in the State Tournament.
Moebius contributed in the consolation championship.
And Mayer provided a huge lift for the Basalt faithful when she hit a basket in Friday’s win over Manitou Springs.
A huge Basalt contingent traveled to Colorado Springs for the weekend 3A State Tournament, the first appearance for the Basalt girls in 13 seasons.
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