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‘Horns, Rams have history on their side

The Basalt and Roaring Fork girls basketball teams open the 3A District 2 tournament tonight and, if records and past history is any indication, the two squads should remain on a collision course for the district title game.

Western Slope League champion Basalt (13-1, 16-3) takes on eighth-seed Gunnison (1-13, 2-16) at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Big House at Basalt High School. No. 2-seed Roaring Fork (11-3, 15-4) hosts seventh-seed Hotchkiss (3-11, 4-14) in Carbondale at 6 p.m.

The main concern for both Basalt and Roaring Fork is a letdown after Friday’s battle. The Longhorns and Roaring Fork faced off in the season finale Friday in one of the most exciting (and likely emotionally draining) games of the season.

Autumn Caughern led Basalt to a 75-71 rally win over the Rams with 33 points, but it’s unlikely that type of performance will be required against Gunnison.

Basalt dominated Gunnison in its two meetings this season, winning by margins of 62-25 and 69-46.

Roaring Fork’s biggest star, Tarn Udall, also comes off an exceptional performance, although in a losing effort.

Udall tallied 23 points and 18 rebounds in the loss to Basalt, and she and the rest of the Rams should have a little more room to operate against Hotchkiss.

The Bulldogs were able to put some points on the board in their previous meetings with the Rams, but not nearly enough. Roaring Fork beat Hotchkiss 81-63 and 79-50.

Other first-round games Tuesday include: Eagle Valley (5-9, 8-11) at Aspen (9-5, 12-7), and Olathe (4-10, 6-13) at Cedaredge (10-4, 15-4).

The double-elimination tournament moves to Palisade Thursday and wraps up Saturday. The top five teams advance to the regional round of the state tournament.

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