Courier Photo by Eric R. Flores
Alamosa junior Bailey Garcia (12), who played in his first varsity game for the Alamosa Mean Moose, drives towards the bucket against Sanford sophomore Brett Crowther (44).
Courier Sports Editor
SANFORD— The Alamosa boys’ and girls’ basketball teams escaped the weekend with a sweep of the Sanford Indians here at Sanford High School on Saturday night. The Lady Mean Moose used a last minute bucket and defensive heroics to capture a 30-28 win before a fourth quarter run helped the boys’ squad capture a 49-43 win.
To start the night, Alamosa sophomore Taylor Hackett hit the bucket of the night with just about 45 seconds remaining. With Alamosa up 28-24 and the Mean Moose attempting to hold on to the ball the Indians forced a couple of turnovers to tie the game at 28.
The Alamosa offense then played for a good shot entering the final minute. Instead of running the clock out, Hackett took a shot that found the bottom of the net for two points. Alamosa was then able to close out the game by playing strong defense and taking the ball away before junior Nicole Broyles was fouled.
“It’s like I used to tell the La Veta girls when I used to coach them, you don’t just waltz in here and get a win,” said Alamosa Head Coach Kent Smith, whose Redskins played the Indians several times. “Any win is a good win for us.”
The game started off strong for the Moose as they took a 9-5 lead after the first quarter. Sanford senior Kelli Canty was the only scorer for Sanford in that quarter.
The Indians came roaring back in the second quarter. Unfortunately, the Moose got into some foul trouble late in the first half and Sanford was able to hit eight free throws to take a 15-14 lead.
A back-and-forth second quarter went in the way of Alamosa as they outscored Sanford 8-7 to tie the game at 22.
Hackett was Alamosa’s leading scorer with ten points while senior Blake Faucett scored seven points, including six points in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Taylor Nye, who had a 3-pointer in the second quarter, scored five total points. Freshman Elise Tolley scored four points while freshman Emily Sowards and sophomore Madison Howard scored two each.
As a team, Alamosa was 4-for-7 (57 percent) from the free throw line and 2-of-6 (34 percent) from beyond the 3-point arch. They gathered in 13 rebounds with Faucett leading that category with four, three were defensive rebounds. There were 19 steals by the Mean Moose and junior Marissa Manzanares led the way with five of them. Hackett also led the Moose with three assists.
Canty led the Indians with 14 points while junior Tara Crowther, junior Josie Larsen and sophomore Jaycee Canty each scored four points. Senior Makenna Canty and junior Bailee Canty added a single point each.
The Alamosa boys’ team had a strong come-from-behind victory that included a 6-3 run to close out the fourth quarter for the win.
Alamosa entered the final quarter leading 37-34 after outscoring the Indians by ten in the third quarter.
Sanford freshman Miles Caldon closed the gap to 37-36 with a drive to the net before sophomore Ethan Caton started a 6-0 run by Alamosa. Senior Samuel Bilderbeck scored a jump shot and freshman Clayton Brubaher hit two free throws to give Alamosa the 43-36 lead.
Sanford freshman Chance Canty showed he could help take control of a game because he himself went on a 6-0 run of his over a span of 1:35. After forcing two turnovers, he sunk four straight free throws and then scored a jumper to once again make the score 43-42, a 1-point deficit.
With the clock showing 1:24 remaining in regulation, Alamosa junior Bailey Garcia, who was playing in his first varsity game of the season, hit a jump shot to engorge the lead to three points. Garcia, a transfer from Monte Vista, was forced to sit out half of the season because of CHSAA regulations.
Caldon attempted to be a hero again but with the clock showing 1:18 a shot that was just too hard off the back of the back of the rim ended up in the hands of Bilderbeck who was fouled. He converted on both free throw attempts to make the score 47-42.
Canty was unable to cash in on two free throws with 32.5 seconds remaining before junior Ryan Martinez iced the game with free throws.
Alamosa actually found themselves trailing 14-11 after the first quarter where the Indians hit four from beyond the arch. They added 11 points in the second quarter to make the halftime score 25-18. In the second quarter Alamosa battled back into the game and it was just a 3-point contest, 21-18, before a 4-0 run ended the half.
Bilderbeck led the Moose scorers with 13 points in the game while senior Zach Meyer scored 12. Garcia was next in line with 11 while Martinez scored five. Caton and Brubaher each scored four points.
Canty led the Indians with yet another double-double. He scored 17 points and gathered 11 rebounds. Calder Larsen hit two treys to help him score eight points while Brett Crowther also scored eight. Caldon scored four and Dalton Rodriguez and Clayton Peterson each scored 3-pointers.
As a team, Alamosa gathered in 24 rebounds, seven offensive and 17 defensive. The Indians finished with 25 total rebounds, eight offensive and 17 defensive.
This week, league action begins around the entire San Luis Valley. The first games for the Indians include a trip to Westcliffe where they will take on the Custer County Bobcats on Friday before they host the Center Vikings on Saturday.
Alamosa will keep their action constrained to Valley rivals. They open up against the Centauri Falcons on Friday night at Alamosa High School before traveling 17 miles to Monte Vista High School to take on the Pirates.