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Longhorns just miss 3A title

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
AP Photo/The Fort Collins Coloradoan, Rich AbrahamBasalt's Katheryne Fitzpatrick, right, is pressured by Bishop Machebeuf defender Erin Doherty during the Colorado 3A basketball final in Fort Collins on Saturday.

FORT COLLINS – Bishop Machebeuf ended Basalt’s push for a Class 3A girls basketball title, beating the Longhorns 55-46 in Saturday’s final at Colorado State University’s Moby Arena.Basalt could not rebound from a two-point second quarter, despite outscoring the Buffaloes 30-27 in the second half. The ‘Horns were down 28-16 at the break, and did manage to trim the deficit to five in the third quarter and to seven with 4 minutes to go in the fourth.It was too little, too late as Basalt came up just short in its quest for the school’s first state championship.

Dayne Toney finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Longhorns, totals matched by teammate Cassie Meyer. Emily Peetz joined the pair in double figures with 11 points, hitting a couple of 3-pointers along the way.Machebeuf standout Cheri Palmer finished with 17 points to lead all scorers.Basalt started strong, jumping to an early 9-3 lead. Peetz knocked down a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession, then a short time later, Katheryne Fitzpatrick finished the rare four-point play. The junior drained a three and was fouled, then sunk the free throw.

In the second half, the Longhorns saw their title hopes slipping away. Toney made a long jumper from the corner, and later Peetz hit a 3 from the corner, but Bishop Machebeuf always answered back.Basalt head coach Carolyn Compton said the Longhorns’ run was a great thrill.”I’m incredibly proud of these girls. They are the best basketball team in school history,” she said.

Basalt finished second to Cedaredge in the Class 3A Western Slope League this season and then beat Cedaredge in the District 2 tournament before racking up wins over Eaton, Hotchkiss, Denver Christian and Faith Christian en route to the title game.Basalt ended with a 22-5 record.The Aspen Times contributed to this story.

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