Longhorns alone in first place
ASPEN ” The Basalt Longhorns girls basketball team moved into sole possession of first place in the Class 3A Western Slope League with a 49-34 victory over Aspen Saturday night at Aspen High School.
“It’s a great feeling, considering the loss of players and me being a first-year coach,” head coach Terry Kappeli said. “But we had high expectations. … The way we look at it, we’ve got to go undefeated to win league. That’s our goal and we’ll just take it one game at a time.”
Basalt (5-0 WSL, 8-2 overall) broke open a tight game in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Skiers 20-6 in the final stanza.
Lauren Redfern paced the Longhorns with 13 points, while Deanna Spracher and Rochelle Moebius had 11 each.
“We have five players with the ability to shine every night,” Kappeli said.
Liz Floyd led Aspen with 13 points.
Eagle Valley entered the weekend as the only team other than Basalt with an undefeated league record, but fell 49-40 to Hotchkiss Saturday night. Basalt faces Eagle Valley Tuesday night.
On Friday night, the Longhorns handed Cedaredge a 59-47 victory at the “Big House” at BHS.
After finishing the first quarter knotted at 14, the Longhorns went on a tear, outscoring the Bruins 26-13 in the next two quarters.
Moebius and Spracher each notched 16 points for the Longhorns and Spracher added five steals and five rebounds. Redfern and Brittany Pollock chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively, for Basalt.
3A girls: see page 11
Cedaredge dropped to 2-2 in league play (6-3 overall).
Roaring Fork 57, Hotchkiss 37
CARBONDALE ” Three Roaring Fork players hit for double figures as the Rams girls team downed Western Slope League foe Hotchkiss 57-37 Friday night at Roaring Fork High School.
Center Tarn Udall paced a balanced attack for the Rams, netting a game-high 14 points. Carly Velasquez and Megan Zeigel chipped in 13 and 11, respectively.
Trailing Hotchkiss 9-8 after the first quarter, Roaring Fork outscored the Bulldogs 22-11 in the second frame and never relinquished the lead.
Kim Emmons and Christa Hawk posted 10 points each for Hotchkiss (2-2 WSL, 6-3 overall).
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