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‘Horns take command of 3A WSL

BASALT – Basalt High School girls’ basketball coach Debbie Alcorta sees Cedaredge as identical to her own team – at least in terms of strategy and philosophy.But when it comes to talent and execution in the pressing defense and high energy offense, Basalt obviously has the advantage.For the second time this season the Longhorns handled Cedaredge with relative ease, defeating the Bruins 70-52 at the Big House at Basalt High School.”Cedaredge is the mirror image of us,” Alcorta said. “When I look at Cedaredge, they are exactly the same team as us. The difference is our bench is deep, theirs is not. They have two go-to girls, while I have five or six. That’s the difference.”First-place Basalt (10-1 league, 13-3 overall), which now leads the Bruins (8-2, 13-2) by 11⁄2 games in the 3A Western Slope League standings, defeated Cedaredge 60-37 in the other meeting between the two squads this season. The Longhorns are the only team to defeat the Bruins this season.Lauren Redfern led the Longhorn assault with a game-high 29 points and was also a key player in the paint, according to Alcorta.”She had at least 10 boards, or more,” Alcorta said of Redfern. “She played well. It was probably her best game of the season so far.”Autumn Caughern had another strong game with 17 points, including four three-pointers, but it was the play off the bench that sealed the victory.After taking a 23-8 lead in the first quarter, both Caughern and Redfern got into foul trouble in the second quarter and spent much of the stanza watching from the bench.Cedaredge outscored Basalt 20-15 in the second quarter, but that still left the Longhorns with a comfortable 38-28 lead at halftime.”All our girls had an impact in the second quarter,” Alcorta said. “They held their own and kept the team right in it and right where we needed to be. It was a great effort for the entire team.”Cedaredge cut the Basalt advantage to eight points at the end of the third quarter, but the Longhorns came alive in the fourth, outscoring the Bruins 19-9. Cedaredge’s Amber Koroshetz and Cassie Hutto – who entered the contest averaging 14.8 and 16 points per game, respectively – were held to 23 points combined. Koroshetz tallied 13, while Hutto notched 10. Amy Heilig also got into double figures in the contest with 12 points.”It’s very good for our confidence,” Alcorta said. “I think our girls are peaking and doing everything we need to do at the right times.”Basalt, which has won six straight games, travels to Eagle Valley for another conference contest Tuesday.-In Basalt boys’ basketball action, league-leading Cedaredge (10-0, 13-1) downed the Longhorns (6-5, 6-10) by a 70-41 margin. No other information was available.Cedaredge820159-52Basalt23151319-70CEDAREDGE – Amber Koroshetz 6 0-0 13, Amy Heilig 3 3-4 12, Heather Stratman 1 0-0 2, Kresta Fouch 7 0-0 15, Cassie Hutto 4 2-8 10. Totals 21 5-12 52.BASALT – Ashley Eaton 1 2-2 4, Brittany Pollock 3 1-1 7, Autumn Caughern 6 1-2 17, Deanna Spracher 3 0-0 6, Mariah Mulcahy 2 1-2 5, Rochelle Moebius 1 1-1 3, Lauren Redfern 12 4-7 29. Totals 28 10-14 70.3-pointers – Caughern 4, Redfern, Koroshetz, Heilig 3, Fouch. Fouled out – Hutto. Technicals – none.

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