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Longhorns cruise in regional rounds

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BASALT ” Basalt exacted some revenge this weekend and, in the process, advanced to the Class 3A girls State Tournament.

After defeating La Junta ” the same team that knocked the Longhorns out of the state tournament in last year’s semifinal round ” Basalt rolled to a 57-45 victory over Eaton in the regional championship game Saturday.

Lauren Redfern and Deanna Spracher set the pace for Basalt (20-4) in the title contest. Redfern scored nine of her game-high 20 points in the first period and also racked up four steals. Spracher, a guard, finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.



Sparked by Redfern’s showing in the opening stanza, the Longhorns led 16-8 after the first quarter and upped the advantage to 30-14 by halftime. Basalt allowed just two field goals in the second quarter and three each in the first and third frames.

Katie Mackey was the high scorer for Eaton (19-6) with 18 points.



The Longhorns were similarly as dominant on Friday night against La Junta.

Led by Rochelle Moebius’ 17 points, four players hit double figures as Basalt downed the Tigers 60-46.

Kerry Lewis was the only player from La Junta (11-13) to score in the first quarter, hitting two field goals with a three-pointer.

The Longhorns extended their seven-point lead to 30-19 at halftime and had an 18-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Redfern finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Spracher and Brittany Pollock tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Basalt advances to the Class 3A State Tournament “Great 8” round, which starts Thursday at Colorado State University’s Moby Arena in Fort Collins.

PAGOSA SPRINGS ” No. 1 seed Pagosa Springs knocked No. 32 Basalt from the boys postseason with a 66-35 victory here Friday night.

Pagosa Springs (22-0) went on to defeat Kent Denver 58-46 for the regional title on Saturday and advances to Thursday’s Class 3A State Tournament in Fort Collins.

Basalt finishes the season with a 7-16 record. No other information was available.


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