Second-half rally lifts Coal Ridge over Basalt
BASALT — The Basalt High School boys basketball team showed Tuesday night that it had improved a lot since last season. The Coal Ridge Titans made sure that didn’t result in a Longhorns victory.
Hunter Gerber finished with a game-high 21 points for the Titans, who got some clutch plays down the stretch at the Basalt High School gym on their way to a 49-46 victory in a Class 3A Western Slope League game.
“We were sloppy with the ball, but a lot of that is because of Basalt’s improved defense,” Coal Ridge coach Paul Harvey said. “Coach [Danny] Martinez is doing a great job with his team, and they came to play. We’re ecstatic to come back late and get a win in a tough place to play.”
Basalt (2-3 overall, 0-2 league play), which posted a 4-18 record overall least season, held a 31-27 lead at the end of the third quarter in front of a big home crowd. The Titans (2-3, 1-0) found a way to rally, however, with Jake Solinger hitting two key foul shots with 11.7 seconds remaining.
Greyson Keener chipped in five points and seven rebounds for the Titans. Dan Schouten also had eight points for Coal Ridge.
Basalt got a big contribution from Mike Glen, who finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Longhorns continue league play on Jan. 10 when they host rival Roaring Fork.
Girls: Coal Ridge 58, Basalt 27
BASALT — Junior Kaitlyn Detlefsen finished with a game-high 16 points to pace three players in double figures for the Titans (1-4 overall, 1-0 3A WSL) in the league opener for both teams.
Mariela Martinez added 13 points and Allie Winkler and Kyrie Foreman finished with 11 and eight points, respectively, off the bench for the Titans.
Detlefsen added 14 rebounds and Foreman chipped in seven for Coal Ridge, which held a 26-16 lead at halftime.
The Longhorns, who dropped to 0-5 overall (0-1 in league play), were limited to just 11 points in the second half.
Coal Ridge continues league play on Saturday when the Titans host Grand Valley.
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