Sierra Grande senior Brianna Archuleta (5) looks for a lane to drive toward the net on the baseline in the second quarter of Friday night's 4-point loss to the Del Norte Tigers while Del Norte senior Kassidy Jones (22) attempts to obscure her way.
Courier Sports Editor
SAN LUIS VALLEY—Another Friday night filled gyms across the San Luis Valley and the state of Colorado with hoops action but the Tigers of Del Norte and Sierra Grande Panthers rumbled on an uniquely early Parents’ Night here at the Del Norte Tiger Field House. The matchups were non-league matchups even though the two teams are a part of the Southern Peaks League.
The two victors, the Tigers in the girls’ side and the Panthers on the boys’ side had to over-come significant deficits to get the wins.
In addition to those two games, there were several other games played that involved Valley schools.
Del Norte 48,
Sierra Grande 44
DEL NORTE—Free throws helped the Panthers get a come-from-behind win. The Tigers connected on 20-of-30 (67 percent) free throw opportunities including critical ones late in the fourth quarter for the 48-44.
With the Tigers leading 40-35 with 1:50 remaining in the game, a questionable call lit a fire under Sierra Grande Head Coach Fidel Velasquez. The call came on the heels of several traveling violations and was when junior Victoria Archuleta was charged with a charge.
Velasquez immediately let his thoughts be heard but the officials would have none of it and his outburst earned him a technical foul, his first in several years. That foul snowballed into three more fouls and the Tigers made the lead 46-37.
“It was an aggressive game and both ends played hard,” said Velasquez after the game. “As a coach you have to fight for your girls.”
Sierra Grande players did not give up easily. Senior Chelsea Roybal was fouled while she was in the action of hitting a jumper, however, a rebound by Archuleta and a quick pass to the inside to senior Brianna Archuleta garnered the Panthers two more free throws to make it a 46-40 lead with 56 second remaining. Another foul on junior Vera Vigil made the score 46-42.
Tiger sophomore Kaitlin Martinez had a shot to put the game away but missed on her two free throws on their ensuing possession. The Panthers kept the intensity high as the ball flew all over the court and a great blocked shot by Tiger senior Kassidy Jones forced the Panthers to foul. Jones was unable to hit the ensuing two free throws.
Victoria Archuleta took the ball down the lane and got the block call with 19 seconds remaining. She sunk the second shot to make the score 46-43. The Tigers turned the ball over on the next inbounds and with 15 seconds remaining Roybal was fouled. She hit the first before Tiger Head Coach LauriceButler took a timeout. Roybal missed the second and the Archuletas got their hands on the ball but it did not find the basket. Tiger junior Alli Butler was then able to ice the game with two free throws with five seconds remaining.
“We have a lot to fix, and we are still recovering from losing AJ (Fresquez),” said Laurice Butler after the game. “We already scrimmaged them earlier in the season but when we meet them later this season, hopefully we’ll know more, they are a touch team with pride.”
Velasquez also noticed that there were things that needed to be fixed. “We could have cashed in on shots in the paint,” he said. “We had the opportunities, but they just didn’t fall.”
Sierra Grande led throughout most of the first three quarters and even led by as much as 11 points in the second quarter. A flurry of free throw shots got the Tigers within two points near the end of the first half but Sierra Grande would lead 25-21 at the break.
There was 48 seconds remaining in the third quarter when Butler hit a jumper to make the score 29-27. The Panthers would get two points with less than ten seconds remaining as Victoria Archuleta hit a jumper from inside the key to make the score 31-27 entering the final quarter.
The Tigers would get momentum on their side early when sophomore Megan Mosby connected on two free throws and Martinez cashed in on a layup. The score was once again tied at 33 before Brooke Lucero capitalized on a Panther 3-on-1 breakaway to make the score 35-33 with 5:26 showing on the clock.
Even with the lead, Velasquez called a timeout to regroup his players. After several turnovers for the Panthers, something they could not help but do throughout the contest, Mosby got a layup to tie the game at 35.
With 3:35 showing, Butler gave the Tigers their first lead of the game by hitting the first of two shots after a foul by Panther senior Demi Mizokami. After another turnover by the Panthers, Tiger senior Kassidy Jones got a rebound and bucket to make it a 3-point game.
Foul trouble continued to hurt the Panthers as they committed their seventh foul with 2:22 remaining Martinez hit both of her tries to extend the lead to 40-35 forcing Velasquez to call his third timeout before his technical.
Sierra Grande (1-3)
Brianna Archuleta 2-0 6-4 8; Demi Mizokami 0-0 5-4 4; Chelsea Roybal 6-0 5-1 13; Kendra Holtcamp 0-0 0-0 0; Victoria Archuleta 4-0 6-2 10; Vera Vigil 0-0 2-2 2; Brooke Lucero 2-1 1-0 7; Carina Augustine 0-0 0-0 0. Total 14-1 25-13 44.
Del Norte (3-1)
Alli Butler 1-0 4-3 5; Kaitlyn Martinez 1-0 4-2 4; Megan Mosby 3-0 4-4 10; Josie Sanchez 0-0 0-0 0; Morgan Mosby 6-0 4-2 14; Kassidy Jones 2-0 10-7 11; Susie Hand 1-0 4-2 4. Total 14-0 30-20 48.
Sierra Grande 15 10 6 13 — 44
Del Norte 10 11 6 21 — 48
3-point goals—Sierra Grande 1 (Brooke Lucero, 1), Del Norte, None. Fouled out—Sierra Grande-Brooke Lucero (4th, 1:35), Demi Mizokami (4th, :05); Del Norte-Morgan Mosby (4th, :19). Total fouls—Sierra Grande 24, Del Norte 19. Technical fouls—Sierra Grande-Fidel Velasquez (4th, 1:50), Del Norte-None.
Sierra Grande 63,
Del Norte 53
DEL NORTE—The boys’ game was a little less intense later in the game. Despite allowing the host Del Norte Tigers to jump out to a 7-0 lead on seven straight turnovers to start the game, the Sierra Grande Panthers bested the Tigers, 63-53.
The Panthers clawed their way back into the game and eventually tied it at 19 on a jumper by junior Adam Gomez with 3:05 left in the first half. They then got their first lead with 2:35 and they didn’t look back. They managed to take a 29-24 lead into the half.
The Panthers were led by senior Victor Howard, who scored 17 points, and senior Tomas Vigil, who added 15 points.
Sierra Grande (3-1)
Braydon Smith 3-0 6-4 10; Franklin Kuhn 0-0 0-0 0; Bryan Garcia 4-0 1-0 8; Victor 5-1 4-4 17; Tomas Vigil 6-1 0-0 15; Adam Gomez 4-0 3-1 9; Michael Ontiveros 2-0 0-0 4. Total 24-2 14-9 63.
Del Norte (3-2)
Kevin Trujillo 2-2 2-2 10; Zack McEwen 0-1 0-0 3; Colin Trujillo 3-1 2-1 10; Kris Lohr 1-0 3-2 4; Kolby Martinez 1-2 0-0 8; Keegan Leckler 1-0 4-3 5; Hayden Bell 4-1 2-2 13. Total 12-7 13-8 53.
Sierra Grande 8 21 16 16 — 63
Del Norte 15 9 15 14 — 53
3-point goals—Sierra Grande, 2 (Victor Howard, 1; Tomas Vigil, 1), Del Norte, 7 (Kevin Trujillo, 2; Zack McEwen, 1; Colin Trujillo, 1; Kolby Martinez, 2; Hayden Bell, 1). Fouled out—Sierra Grande-None; Del Norte-None. Total fouls—Sierra Grande 14, Del Norte 19. Technical fouls—Sierra Grande-None, Del Norte-None.
Sangre de Cristo 55,
Buena Vista 52
MOSCA—The Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds were able to escape Friday night with a 3-point victory over the Buena Vista Demons here at Sangre de Cristo High School. The host Thunderbirds got the 55-52 win despite allowing the Demons score 39 points in the second half.
The Thunderbirds jumped out to a 13-6 lead after one quarter behind the hot hand of Abbey Stagner. Stagner tallied seven of her 14 points in that quarter alone.
Sangre de Cristo tacked on 15 more points in the second quarter while only allowing Buena Vista to score 7 and they took a 28-13 lead into the break.
It appeared that the home team would fly away with an easy win, but someone forgot to tell that to the Demons because they outscored Sangre 19-8 in the third quarter to make it a 4-point contest, 36-32, heading into the final quarter.
Sangre de Cristo was able to hold on for the win and improve to 3-1 on the season. They will return to action on Saturday evening when they host the Monte Vista Pirates, the team they defeated 55-38 exactly a week ago in the Thunderbird Shootout.
Buena Vista (1-1)
Kiowa Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Cody Mulder 5-0 1-0 10; Kaylynne Tucker 2-0 0-0 4; Winter Bardor 1-0 2-1 3; Maryan Naegele 1-3 0-0 11; Lindsay Baker 0-0 2-2 2; Marissa Diamond 5-0 4-4 14; Lindsay Fagerberg 3-0 2-2 8. Total 17-3 11-9 52.
Sangre de Cristo (3-1)
Karleigh Cooley 0-0 2-2 2; Kendra Neese 2-2 5-4 14; Allie Beiriger 1-1 1-0 5; Abbey Stagner 5-0 6-4 14; Jessica Gilmore 2-0 6-5 9; Heather Dieckman 0-1 4-1 4; Brooke Slane 2-0 3-3 7. Total 12-4 25-19 55.
Buena Vista 6 7 19 20 — 52
Sangre de Cristo 13 15 8 19 — 55
3-point goals—Buena Vista, 3 (Maryan Naegele, 3), Sangre de Cristo, 4 (Kendra Neese, 2; Allie Beiriger, 1; Heather Dieckman, 1). Fouled out—Buena Vista-Lindsay Fagerberg, Kiowa Johnson ; Sangre de Cristo-None. Total fouls—Buena Vista 22, Sangre de Cristo 13. Technical fouls—Buena Vista-Lindsey Baker, Sangre de Cristo-None.
Sangre de Cristo 57,
Buena Vista 47
MOSCA—Despite being down at halftime, the Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds were able to score 26 points in the fourth quarter to get a 57-47 win over the Buena Vista Demons on Friday.
Senior Mitchell Stagner and Cody Parker were the catalysts for the Thunderbirds in the final frame because each scored nine points. Stagner got six of his on two straight 3-pointers.
The Thunderbirds found themselves down 12-8 after the first quarter but closed the gap to 21-18 entering the halftime break. As the third quarter played out, Sangre de Cristo outscored the Demons 13-10 to tie the game at 31 before the 26-point outburst garnered the win.
Sangre de Cristo is now 2-2 on the young season. They will host the Monte Vista Pirates on Saturday night.
Buena Vista (0-2)
Dylan Luebke 1-0 0-0 2; Dustin Linza 0-0 0-0 0; Zack James 1-0 1-1 3; Kevin Scheidt 1-1 0-0 5; Thomas Erick 0-0 2-2 2; Nic Heller 4-0 1-0 8; Andy McFarland 1-1 2-1 6; Dakoda Defurio 1-0 1-0 2; Kenneth Schell 5-3 0-0 19. Total 14-5 7-4 47.
Sangre de Cristo (2-2)
Mitchell Stagner 3-5 8-3 24; Kyle Beiriger 2-0 2-1 5; Cory Cooley 2-0 5-3 7; Tyler Reynolds 0-0 3-1 1; Troy Fritz 2-0 2-2 6; Cody Parker 3-0 5-5 11; Kyle Freel 1-0 1-1 3. Total 13-5 26-16 57
Buena Vista 12 9 10 16 — 47
Sangre de Cristo 8 10 13 26 — 57
3-point goals—Buena Vista, 5 (Kevin Scheidt, 1; Andy McFarland 1; Kenneth Schell 3), Sangre de Cristo, 5 (Mitchel Stagner, 5). Fouled out—Buena Vista-Dakota Defurio ; Sangre de Cristo-None. Total fouls—Buena Vista 23, Sangre de Cristo 13. Technical fouls—Buena Vista-None, Sangre de Cristo-None.
Grand Valley 39,
BROOMFIELD—The Alamosa Mean Moose lost their second straight game of the year by a score of 39-31 to Grand Valley here at Holy Family High School on Friday afternoon.
“We got out to a slow start and committed some tough fouls,” said Alamosa Head Basketball Coach Kent Smith. “They jumped out to a 5-point lead and they kept it and hit free throws late in the game.”
Senior Marissa Manzanares led the team scorers with 7 points and three other players tallied six points.
The Moose will be back in action at 11:30 a.m. today.
WOODLAND PARK—The Centauri Falcons girls’ basketball team was able to keep a lead late in the game to get a 58-52 win over the Coronado Cougars in the second round of the Mountain Madness Tournament here at Woodland Park High School on Friday afternoon.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 4-1 on the season and will be back in action on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when they play Vista Ridge.
The Falcons led 20-17 at the halftime break. In the second half they were able to stake themselves out to a 6-point lead and as time progressed they were able to hold on to the lead for the win.
“They were a good team that had a girl score three straight baskets and another girl that hit two 3-pointers to make it a 2-point game, 52-50, late,” said Centauri Head Coach Dave Forster. “We were able to make a bucket and then connect on free throws to finish the game.”
The Falcons were led by senior Taylor Wilson, who collected 20 points. Kathleen Ruybal was next in line with 15 points. Foul trouble was a problem with Tori Fringer as the dominate scorer was only able to score once during the day.