‘Horn girls find shooting touch late
Post Independent Staff
The Basalt Longhorns just kept shooting. And, eventually, it paid off.
For three quarters of Basalt’s 56-48 victory over Glenwood Springs, the Longhorn girls basketball team tossed up numerous shots at the Demons’ basket. The problem was, the Longhorns weren’t making many of their field-goal attempts.
A determined Demon defense held Basalt to a paltry 24 percent (12-of-54) from the floor, and held a 33-30 lead heading in to the game’s final eight minutes.
But when it mattered the most, the Longhorns regained their shooting touch.
“All we wanted to do was give the girls confidence, because they are all good shooters,” said Basalt coach Terry Kappeli of the Longhorns’ early shooting problems.
“Sooner or later they are going to shoot well,” the coach added. “You can’t stop shooting just because you’re behind and you’ve missed a few.”
Kappeli was right.
Lauren Redfern, who had only nine points in the first three quarters, scored 12 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and Basalt hit on 10-of-14 field goal attempts in the period to roar past the Demons.
Glenwood had boosted its lead to seven before Redfern turned the tide with 5 minutes, 51 seconds left in the contest.
The Longhorn senior’s field goal ignited a 26-7 run and Basalt took the lead for good two minutes later.
In the early stages of Basalt’s run, Glenwood lost forwards Nikita Daniely and Amber Sutherland for the evening.
Daniely, who had a solid showing with nine points and 15 rebounds, fouled out with 3:46 left.
Sutherland immediately took over the post duties, only to leave a couple of possessions later after suffering a game-ending injury in a skirmish under the boards.
The Demons were left with freshman Sam Ciani as their only true post player and Basalt feasted on the shrunken Glenwood lineup.
The young center did well in the absence of the other Demon paint players, posting 13 points and 10 rebounds.
But, with a smaller Demon lineup, the Longhorns got closer shots at the basket.
“(Glenwood) finally let us have the inside game and I think that was the difference down the stretch, because we finally got something underneath,” said Kappeli.
The ‘Horns scored 10 of the next 12 points, including Rochelle Moebius’ field goal to give Basalt the lead for good at the 3:10 mark.
Basalt, now 4-1 overall takes a four-game winning streak into the holiday break. Glenwood, with its second straight loss, falls to 3-4.
Basalt 9 11 10 26 ” 56
Glenwood Springs 3 13 17 15 ” 48
BASALT ” Deanna Spracher 1 2-5 4, Brittany Pollock 3 0-0 7, Kelsea Mulcahy 1 1-2 3, Rochelle Moebius 5 2-5 12, Amanda Schmitt 2 1-2 5, Allison Brummet 2 0-0 4, Lauren Redfern 8 5-6 21, Cassie Meyer 0 0-0 0. Totals ” 22 11-20 56.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Yuri Salvidrez 1 2-4 4, Amanda Whiting 0 0-0 0, Marina Flores 2 0-0 4, Keegan Nadon 0 1-2 1, Amber Sutherland 5 5-8 15, Nikita Daniely 4 1-2 9, Sam Ciani 6 1-1 13, Emily Hauptli 1 0-0 2. Totals ” 19 10-21 48.
3-Points ” Pollock. Fouled Out ” Daniely, Spracher.
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