Sanford senior Nicole Salazar (24) looks for a lane to drive towards the net on Friday night during the Indian's 46-24 win over the Monte Vista Pirates. Monte Vista sophomore Donold Poole III (34) and Sanford freshman Miles Caldon (20) clash for a rebound in the second half of Friday night's non-conference game.
SANFORD—The Sanford Indians swept the Monte Vista Pirates in non-conference and non-classification action here at Sanford High School on Friday night. The contests wrapped up the 2012 portion of prep basketball for the season and helped show coaches what they need to work on headed into the league portion of the schedule.
The varsity wins came on the heels of a very exciting junior varsity boys’ contest that saw the Sanford Indians pull out a 30-28 win over the Pirates on a 3-point shot from sophomore Adam Romero at the buzzer.
Canty dominates boards in boys’ contest
Sanford freshman Chance Canty was a force to be reckoned with during the boys contest as he tallied a game-high 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Indians during their 62-42 win. The Inidans, who improve to 5-1 on the season, will now be on a 21-day hiatus. They will return to action on January 11th when they travel 12 miles down the road to take on rival Centauri Falcons.
On Friday, the Indians shot 50 percent (27-of-54) from the floor as a team and were as they prevented the Pirates, now 4-3 on the season, from ever gaining the lead after the 30-second mark of the first quarter.
Monte Vista led 8-5 after the first five minutes of the game that saw three points from Pirate sophomore Donald Poole III, but surrendered the lead minutes later on a 5-0 run by the Indians to end the first quarter.
The Indians then put the game way out of reach in the second quarter by only making one turnover and outscoring Monte Vista 22-7 in the quarter for a 32-15 halftime score. The first half star for the Indians was junior Calder Larsen who scored all of his 12 points in the first two quarters. They came on 4 straight 3-pointers.
The Indians kept the pressure on in the third quarter by outscoring the Pirates 18-10. The final quarter did go the Pirates way when they tallied 17 points over the Indians’ 12.
Sanford gathered 37 team rebounds while committing 15 turnovers throughout the contest. They only attempted eight free throws and connected on two (25 percent).
The Pirates, who were guilty of 19 turnovers in the game, were only able to gather in 20 rebounds. They were only able to shoot 36 percent (13-of-36) from the field. Unluckily for the Pirates, they only connected on 12-of-27 (32 percent) of their free throws.
After Canty and Larsen in the Indian scoring ranks stood junior Dalton Rodriguez, freshman Miles Caldon and sophomore Clayton Peterson, all with seven points. Sophomore Dustin Faucette was the only other scorer for Sanford with four points.
Pirate senior Jose Sarinana was the highest point scorer with 10 points while junior Keith Romero was right behind him with nine points. Poole and sophomore Brandon Medina each had five points, junior Mitchell Vanderpool had four points, junior Randy Valarde and freshman Presley Garcia each had three points and junior Jaziah Martinez rounded out the scorers with two points.
Poole led Pirate rebounders with five.
Larson nets 13 in Lady Indian victory
The Sanford Indians girls’ basketball team shot 41 percent (21-of-51) from the field in their Friday night contest en-route to an easy 46-24 win over the visiting Monte Vista Pirates, here at Sanford High School.
The stat of the night for the Indians was rebounds. Sanford out-rebounded the Pirates, 41-19. The Pirates did not help their own cause any more because the won the turnover battle with 28 turnovers while Sanford gave the ball away 26 times.
The Pirates were 11-of-45 (24 percent) from the field and 2-of-8 (25 percent) from the free throw line while the Indians were 21-of-51 (41 percent) from the field and 4-of-8 (50 percent) from the line.
Sanford junior Josie Larsen led the Indians with a double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Kelli Canty was a huge point-scorer because she hit nine field goals and was a perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line for 21 points. She missed double digits in the rebounds category by capturing nine boards.
Sophomore Jaycee Canty was also just shy of a double-double of her own with eight points and nine rebounds. Juniors Tess Mortensen and Bailee Canty each scored two points.
The Pirates’ scoring leader was sophomore Shelby Hindes with 10 points while freshman Terrise Sanchez scored nine points. Freshman Jessica Brown got her first varsity start on Friday night and she contributed four points while the only other scorer for Monte Vista was senior Itzel Ortiz with one point.
Brown led all Pirate rebounders with six boards throughout the game.
The Indians improve to 3-3 on the season while Monte Vista is now 1-5.