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Moose dominate Farmers in 2013 opener

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2013

Alamosa senior Zach Meyer (32) goes for a lay up in the third quarter of his 26-point outburst on Friday night as the boys' squad defeated Sargent 57-32. Freshman Elise Tolley (40), who played her first varsity game for Alamosa, was the game's high-scorer on Friday night with 13 points. The girls won the game 42-23. Courier Photos by Eric R. Flores

Courier Sports Editor

ALAMOSA—A outrageous offensive performance by Alamosa senior Zach Meyer helped the Mean Moose complete a dominate sweep of the Sargent Farmers in the teams' 2013 season openers here at Alamosa High School on Saturday night. The boys won 57-32 while the girls won 42-23.

Meyer scored 26 points, including 12 in the opening quarter, and gathered ten rebounds to get a double-double.

Meyer excited the home crown twice as he was able to make three shots while he was fouled and falling to the ground. He hit six 2-point field goals, three 3-pointers and was 5-of-8 from the free throw line.

Alamosa's second scorer was senior Samuel Bilderbeck with just nine points. Ethan Caton scored five points while Josh Cody, Ryan Martinez and Clayton Brubacher each scored four points. Cody Garcia and Noah Sellman rounded out the Moose scorers with three and two points, respectively.

As a team, Alamosa, which improved to 6-3 on the season, shot 51 percent (22-of-43) from the field and 54 percent (7-of-13) from the free throw line. The Moose got 33 rebounds on the night.

Scott Dillon led the Farmers with nine points, just ahead of Kole Van Treese, who scored eight points. Austin Dillon scored six points while Nate Ramirez scored five. Travis Pasket and Austin Heersink rounded out the Farmer scorers.

The Farmers, who fell to 2-3 under first-year head coach Justin Frike, missed 36 shots as they were only able to convert on 25 percent (12-of-48) of their field goals. They did hit 7-of-14 (44 percent) of their free throws.

The Farmer leader in rebounds was Scott Dillon, who gathered in six of the teams 23.

The game was close from the beginning. Alamosa opened up the game with an 11-0 run before Austin Dillon finally scored the first bucket with 3:27 showing in the first quarter. Van Treese was was the only other Farmer to score in the quarter. That barely made a dent in Alamosa's 24-point outburst. In addition ot Meyer's 12 points in the quarter, Bilderbeck, Caton and Garcia added three points each.

Alamosa kept their foot on the gas buy scoring 12 points in the second quarter and 17 points in the third quarter before finally being outscored 9-4 in the fourth quarter.

On the girls' side, the Mean Moose were playing without one of their regular players, freshman Brooke Trujillo. That didn't stop Alamosa, however, as another freshman stepped up and filled her shoes, Elise Tolley.

Tolley was the game's high scorer with 13 points. In addition she gathered five rebounds on the night.

"She hadn't even practiced with us because we didn't know we were losing Brooke until yesterday, and I wanted to have that tenth person in case we ended up with a bunch of fouls," explained Alamosa Head Coach Kent Smith. "She looked like she had been playing with us, actually it is a credit to Crystal (Loch) because she is teaching a lot of the same things we are so they should be able to just step in."

Camrey Garoutte led the Farmers by nailing three treys for nine points.

The game started off with Alamosa jumping out to a 4-0 lead on jump shots by junior Nicole Broyles and sophomore Taylor Hacket, before a 3-pointer by Melissa Jimenez closed the game to 4-3. Tolley countered a free throw by Sargent's Skylar Eagles to make the score 6-4 at the end of the first quarter.

The Alamosa offense came alive in the second and third quarters by scoring 13 points in each to make the halftime score 19-9 and the third quarter score 32-16. The 13-point third quarter came one the heels of a 7-0 run from the Farmers to begin the half.

Hackett and Broyles each scored eight points for the Mean Moose while Brianna Corona scored four points. Taylor Nye, Marissa Manzanares and Madison Howard each contributed two points. Freshman Emily Sowards rounded out the scorers with a point. Alamosa was 18-of-42 (43 percent) from the field and 4-of-14 (29 percent) from the line.

Alamosa had a great day on the boards by getting 25 total. Tolley was the team leader in that statistical category with five. Senior Blake Faucette led all players with six steals while Nye had five assists.

"It's better for us, one of our Achilles so far is not being able to rebound on the weak side and it has been an emphasis," Smith said. "One of the reasons we went to the defense we are playing is because it puts Blake (Faucette) or Elise (Tolley) on that week side and it certainly helped."

For the Farmers, Skylar Eagles scored five points. Jimenez finished with her three points while Kelci VanTreese, Faithe Mullins and Savannah Plane each had two points.

Sargent won the rebounding war with 27 but that was offset by having 30 turnovers. Eagles led Sargent with seven boards. As a team, Sargent shot 28 percent (9-of-32) in the field and only 1-of-6 (17 percent) from the free throw line.

"We hoped that we could harass them with enough of our quickness, one of the real differences was we didn't make very many turnovers. 17 is what I had, it makes a big difference," said Smith. "Except for the first quarter where we got some silly reach fouls, we caused a lot of havoc on defense."

Alamosa returns to action on Saturday when they travel south to take on the Sanford Indians. The girl's game is set to tip off at 5 p.m. while the boys are set to start about 6:30 p.m.

Sargent will take on a Class 3A powerhouse in Pagosa Springs.

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