Roaring Fork girls get upper hand in rivalry with ‘Horns
BASALT – The tide seems to have turned in the battle between Basalt and Roaring Fork for girls basketball bragging rights in the valley.Prior to last season’s 3A Western Slope district tournament, none of the members of the Rams basketball team had ever experienced a hoops win against Basalt. Roaring Fork got the tournament win to end that streak. On Saturday afternoon the Rams completed the first season sweep of the Longhorns in recent memory with a 60-41 victory at Basalt High School.”It feels really nice,” Roaring Fork senior Carly Velasquez said. “I think we knew last year that we just had to get past the whole mentality” of losing to Basalt.Problem solved.With the exception of a 5-minute stretch to open the fourth quarter when the game was already well in hand, Velasquez and the Rams couldn’t miss against the rival Longhorns. “We’re really coming together as a team and seem to flow a lot more now than we did at the beginning of the season, or even a few weeks ago,” Velasquez said.And Velasquez has a big role in the flow of the Rams. She admitted that earlier in the season she found herself hesitating on shots. Against Basalt she “knew when I was going to shoot right when I got the ball.”The result was a game-high 15 points, including a pair of treys. She and fellow guard Whitney Campbell also did an exceptional job of finding the wide-open backside cutters throughout the game.The Rams broke open a 12-all contest with a 13-0 run late in the first quarter that extended into the second frame. With a 25-12 lead in the second quarter, Roaring Fork never allowed the Longhorns to creep closer than 10 points the rest of the game.Campbell joined Velasquez in double figures with 11 points, and Megan Zeigel posted nine points.Longhorn center Lindsey Soucie had some dominating stretches, particularly early, to finish with a team-high 12 points, but battled foul trouble throughout the game.The victory was the 10th straight for the league-leading Rams (7-0 3A Western Slope, 13-1 overall). Basalt drops to 4-3 (5-8). On Friday, Basalt handed Hotchkiss a 47-41 league loss at Basalt High School. Deanna Spracher and Soucie directed a balanced offensive attack by the Longhorns with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
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