‘Horns guarding first place
The Cedaredge girls’ basketball may get more respect in the state polls, but Basalt is ahead where it matters – in the league standings.
Cedaredge is ranked No. 5 in the Rocky Mountain News Class 3A poll with just one loss this season.
Basalt, however, is ahead in the Western Slope League and the Longhorns are also responsible for that single blemish on Cedaredge’s record.
Basalt (9-1 in WSL, 12-3 overall) hosts the Bruins (8-1, 13-1) tonight at 6:30 p.m. in a game that will go a long way toward deciding the WSL champion.
The Longhorns, who beat Cedaredge handily a month ago by a 60-37 margin on the road, bring a five-game winning steak to the table.
The most recent win atoned for Basalt’s sole league loss as the ‘Horns downed Aspen 58-43 Tuesday night in Aspen. Basalt’s other two losses this season came against Class 4A schools Rifle and Steamboat Springs.
The Bruins also enter the game with a five game streak, and the added motivation redeeming themselves after the blowout loss the ‘Horns handed them in their home gym.
In the victory against Cedaredge Basalt’s defense held the Bruins’ two big guns – Cassie Hutto and Amber Koroshetz, who average 16 and 14.8 points per game, respectively – to a combined 16 points and four field goals. Also, the 37 points was the lowest total of the season for Cedaredge.
Meanwhile, the ‘Horns offense didn’t miss a beat in the contest. Autumn Caughern, who averages 17.7 points per game, lead a trio of Basalt players in double figures with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
On the boys’ side, Cedaredge is a perfect 9-0 in WSL play this season and 13-1 overall.
The Bruins cruised to an easy 69-48 victory over the ‘Horns in their first meeting this season. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. tonight.
Cedaredge hasn’t lost since the second week of the season, a 54-53 nonconference defeat at Rangely, and only three other games have been closer than 10 points.
Basalt (6-4, 6-9) is secure in fourth place in the WSL, but likely needs to win its final four regular-season games if it hopes to catch Roaring Fork (7-2) or Aspen (8-2) in the league standings.
The Roaring Fork Rams boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both sit in third place in the WSL with identical 7-2 league records. And, with games against the lower-end teams in the WSL this weekend, Roaring Fork should be in good shape come Monday.
The Rams host Hotchkiss tonight and travel to Gunnison on Saturday.
All the earlier games this season ended in Roaring Fork’s favor by wide margins.
The Ram girls beat Hotchkiss (1-8, 2-11) 81-53 and Gunnison (1-8, 2-11) 72-48.
The Roaring Fork boys’ team took out Hotchkiss (3-6, 5-9) by a 58-41 margin and upended the Gunnison (1-8, 2-12) 74-49.
Tonight’s girls’ game begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ game at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the girls start at 3:30 p.m. and the boys begin at 5 p.m.
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