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Longhorns get back in winning groove

BASALT ” After having its 13-game winning streak snapped and suffering its first loss in over two months on Saturday, the Basalt High School girls basketball team had little trouble bouncing back Tuesday night.

The Longhorns used a dominating third quarter to pull away from Eagle Valley and keep itself atop the Class 3A Western Slope League standings with a 65-51 victory at Basalt High School.

With starter Rochelle Moebius sidelined due to a concussion suffered in Saturday’s loss to Cedaredge, Lauren Redfern and Brittney Pollock had picked up the slack. Redfern paced Basalt with 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Pollock was on fire from outside with four treys and 18 points.



The Longhorns (11-1 league, 14-3 overall) have just two league games left and have guaranteed themselves a league finish of no lower than third place. It’s the league title Basalt is after, however, and that likely won’t be decided until the Longhorns face Roaring Fork (10-1, 15-1) in the season finale Feb. 20. Cedaredge (8-3, 12-4) is currently third and Eagle Valley (6-6, 9-8) sits fourth.

Basalt has the weekend off before facing Hotchkiss (3-8, 7-9) in a league tilt Tuesday on the road.



Boys

Eagle Valley 62, Basalt 57

BASALT ” The Basalt High School boys basketball team was a quarter away from pulling off a Class 3A Western Slope League upset, but couldn’t hold on down the stretch.

The Longhorns held a six-point advantage entering the fourth period, but Eagle Valley posted 26 points in the frame en route to a 62-57 come-from-behind victory.

Cody Gerard led the charge for Eagle Valley with 19 points, while Kevin Cruz and Jerad Schlegal tallied 15 and 11, respectively.

Basalt’s Cody Burkholder posted a game-high 22 points, including four of three-pointers. Ben Pollock finished with 13 points and Darren Duroux had 12 in the losing effort.

Eagle Valley improves to 11-1 in league (14-3 overall), good for second place behind Roaring Fork (11-0, 16-0). Cedaredge and Aspen are tied for third with identical 6-5 (8-8) records. Basalt (5-7, 5-11) and Gunnison (5-6, 5-11) are in a tight race for fifth place.

Basalt travels to Kent Denver Saturday for a nonleague contest at 2:30 p.m.


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