Alamosa senior Oliva Bassett attempts to drive toward the net late in Thursday’s game.
Courier Sports Editor
BUENA VISTA—Turnovers were costly for the Alamosa Mean Moose girls’ basketball team here at Buena Vista High School on Thursday night. The Mean Moose squad, that is vastly improved, committed 29 turnovers in their 44-42 nail-biting loss to the Demons.
The Mean Moose appeared to be in control of the game after a huge third quarter where the Mean Moose outscored the Demons, 16-6, helped them capture a 36-28 lead entering the final quarter.
The Demons retaliated with a 16-6 fourth quarter that included eight free throws and a 10-0 run to capture the win. The Demons closed the gap to 40-39 with 3:15 remaining in the game and took a lead with 2:45 left to cap off the 10-0 run.
After a Kent Smith timeout, the Moose were able to take over a minute off the clock and with 1:42 they recaptured the lead, 42-41, on a 2-point field goal by junior Marissa Manzanares.
The Demons raced right back down the field and captured the lead again on a field goal with 1:36 showing on the clock. Alamosa junior Nicole Broyles, who led the Moose with 15 rebounds during the contest, could not hit a wide-open field goal from the top of the key and it looked like disaster would strike with an odd-man break for the Demons. As luck would have it they could not convert and the Moose got the ball back.
Another timeout by Smith set up a shot for sophomore Taylor Nye, it was blocked but she gathered up her own rebound and could not score forcing another timeout with 25.8 seconds remaining.
Broyles, who stands at 5-feet 10, could not hold onto the ball as she sailed a pass to 5-foot 2 freshman Brooke Trujillo for a turnover. Confusion and controversy erupted on the ensuing inbounds play by the Demons. Manzanares applied pressure and forced the ball out of bounds off a Demons player. A correct call was given at first but after further conversation the call was reversed, twice, before the officials settled on a jump ball to give the ball back to Alamosa.
With 6.7 seconds remaining Manzanares and Broyles could not hit a jumper and were forced to foul.
The Demons helped even out the game by only shooting 15-of-49 (31 percent) from the field, including 0-of-6 from beyond the arch, and 14-of-27 (52 percent) from the free throw line.
Alamosa was 15-of-41 (37 percent) from the field, 1-of-3 (33 percent) on free throws, and 9-of-13 (69 percent) from the free throw line.
Alamosa’s lead scorer was senior Blake Faucett, who complied 14 points including six in the second quarter. She also collected five rebounds during the game. Sophomore Taylor Nye and Manzanares each had six points while Broyles had five. Hackett and Trujillo each scored four points while sophomore Brianna Corona and freshman Elise Tolley scored two and one point, respectively.
Junior Madison Howard collected three rebounds while senior Oliva Bassett and freshman Emily Sowards were a force to battle as their hustle forced several turnovers.
The Alamosa girls will return to action tomorrow when they host a doubleheader with the boys’ squad against the La Junta Tigers. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Other Girls Scores
SALIDA—The Centauri Falcons defeated the Salida Spartans 64-43 on Thursday night.
According to Head Coach Dave Forster, "The game was a good game, we finally pulled away in the fourth quarter," he said. "We had ten 3-pointers."
The Falcons had four players in double digitis. Marissa Quinlan led all players with 19 points. Adrianna Cordova had 14 while Tori Fringer and Taylor Wilson each had 10 points.
SAN LUIS—The Centennial Lady Rams made quick work of the Primero Bulldogs on Thursday night.
The game, which is Centennial's last game until next semester, was close in the opening quarter as they led 15-13. They then took command and ran away with the 61-35 win.
Senior Alexis Albert was the Rams' high scorer with 21 points.