Centauri Head Coach Dave Forster addresses his team late in Saturday's night 26-24 win over No. 7 Pagosa Springs.
Courier Photo by Eric R. Flores
Courier Sports Editor
LA JARA—Despite having their season high-scorer without any points in the game, the No. 3 ranked Centauri Lady Falcons defeated the No. 7 ranked Pagosa Springs Pirates in Intermountain League action here at Centauri Middle School on Saturday night. The Falcons won 26-24.
"Championship teams win championship games," said Centauri Head Coach Dave Forster.
The Pirates held the Falcons to just three points each in the first and second quarters, while scoring six points in the first quarter and eight points in the second quarter to take a 14-6 lead into the halftime break.
The Pirates opened up with a 5-0 run with a 3-pointer and a field goal from junior Emily Bryant to open up a 12-point lead. The Falcons battled back to and went on a 9-0 run to help them close out the third quarter trailing by just three 20-17. The Falcons outscored Pagosa Springs 11-6.
The fourth quarter started with two free throws from junior Jasmine Gallegos before senior Kathleen Ruybal gave Centauri their first lead of the game when she got fouled on a field goal with 6:52 remaining.
Freshman Madison Lewis regained the lead for Pagosa Springs with 4:10 remaining with a jumper. Once again Ruybal hit a jumper and was fouled but couldn’t score the free throw and Centauri was up 23-22 with 3:50 remaining.
Pirate junior Taylor Strohecker hit a jumper with 3:21 remaining. The two teams then traded possessions on missed shots and as luck would have it, Pagosa Springs gave the ball away on a traveling violation with 1:36.
Centauri controlled the ball and passed the ball around; however, Forster called a timeout to draw up a play. Junior Tori Fringer hit a jumper and was fouled with 57 seconds remaining to make the score 25-24. Fringer was able to connect on the ensuing free throw to make the score 26-24.
With 27 seconds remaining, senior Taylor Wilson got a steal and junior Marissa Quinlan was fouled with 13.4 seconds to try and seal the game. Unfortunately she could not connect on the opening shot of the 1-and-1 situation allowing the Pirates a chance to go for a time or a win. With two seconds left an errant 3-point shot by Strohecker was rebounded by Fringer to capture the win.
Wilson, who normally leads the Falcon scorers, was held scoreless by the Pirate defenders, however she did help the Falcons in several other ways. In addition to gathering in six rebounds, she helped run the Falcon team.
Fringer led the Falcon scorers with nine points while Ruybal scored eight. Gallegos was next in line with seven points while junior Kendra Garcia scored two points.
As a team, Centauri gathered in 23 rebounds, shot 32.3 percent (10-of-31) from the field and 50 percent (6-of-12) from the free throw line.
“I knew if we kept our poise and make our shots unlike what we missed and not make turnovers in the first quarter,” said Forster. “Kathleen has just blossomed and that has been great for us, it is senior leadership that we want.”
He went on to praise her, “More than any stat, Kathleen lead us tonight with her never-say-die attitude and defense,” he noted. “She was 4-5 in the paint, five rebounds, with two assists.”
With the win, the Falcons improve to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the IML. Pagosa Springs falls to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in IML action.
The Falcons will play at Monte Vista on Friday night.
No. 2 Pagosa Springs defeat Falcons
LA JARA—A 28-point performance by Kain Lucero paced the Pagosa Springs Pirates to a 65-40 win.
Lucero, who scored 15 points in the first quarter alone, hit six total 3-pointers, three jumpers and was 4-of-7 from the free throw line.
The Falcons only scored three points in the first quarter, three points that gave them a 3-2 lead, and two points in the third quarter.
Sophomore Jeremy Cornum led all players with 17 points while Justin Gallegos scored nine points. Devin White and KC Jarvies each scored four points while Devin Barrows and Colton Mitchell each scored two points. Clay McCarroll and Russell Shawcroft scored one point each.
Moose win first IML game, defeat Pirates
MONTE VISTA—A strong second half helped propel the Alamosa Mean Moose girls’ basketball team to their first Intermountain League win of the 2012-13 season as they downed the Monte Vista Lady Pirates, 45-30, here at Monte Vista High School on Saturday night.
Alamosa junior Nicole Broyles was the Mean Moose’s high scorer with 13 points while senior Blake Faucett was also in double digits with 10 points. Freshman Brooke Trujillo scored eight points, junior Marissa Manzanares scored seven and freshman Elise Tolley finished with four. Freshman Emily Sowards contributed two points while sophomore Taylor Nye rounded out the scorers with a point.
As a team the Mean Moose was 18-of-59 (31 percent) from the field and 8-of-17 (47 percent) from the free throw line. They gathered in 30 rebounds, 17 defensive and 13 offensive while also getting 26 steals. Broyles was the team leader in steals with eight while Faucett led rebounders with seven, six defensive.
Ashley Martinez was the game’s high scorer with 16 points, 12 of them coming off four treys. Itzel Ortiz and Faith Pacheco each scored six points while Terese Sanchez scored two.
The 5-7 overall Mean Moose, who are 1-1 in the IML, return to action tonight (Tuesday) when they host the Salida Spartans, who are 5-5 overall, in their final non-conference clash of the season.
The Pirates will host the Falcons on Friday.
Moose stonewall Pirates in nightcap
MONTE VISTA—Despite keeping pace and matching scoring opportunities in the second and fourth quarters, the Monte Vista Pirates could not hold down the Mean Moose as Alamosa improved to 2-0 in IML action with a 36-28 win. The Moose improved to 9-3 overall.
The Pirates, who are now 1-1 in the IML after Friday night’s exciting overtime win over the Bayfield Wolverines, sit at 6-5 overall.
Senior Zach Meyer led the Moose attack again with 12 points and while sophomore Ethan Caton was second highest with nine points. Senior Samuel Bilderbeck scored six points, sophomore Cody Garcia scored four while senior Noah Sellman and freshman Clayton Brubacher scored two points. Junior Bailey Garcia, who is playing against his former team for the first time, scored a single point.
Keith Romero scored eight points to lead the Pirates.
Like the girls Alamosa hosts Salida on Tuesday night while the Pirates host Centauri on Friday. The Moose will then be off until February 1st, when they host No. 2 ranked Pagosa Springs.
Indians shoot down Vikings
SANFORD—The Sanford Indians easily defeated the Center Vikings, 88-35, on Saturday night. Freshman Chance Canty once again was the Indians' scoring leader with 27 points on the night. Senior Dalton Rodriguez and Calder Larsen each scored double-digits as well with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
As a team, the Indians took 33 free throws and connected on 22 of them.
With the win, the Indians improved to 8-2 on the season and 2-0 in Southern Peaks League. They will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Del Norte for a conference clash with the Del Norte Tigers, who defeated Custer County 55-30 on Saturday. The Tigers are 4-6 overall on the season but 2-0 in conference action.
Saturday Prep Scores
Monte Vista 28
#2 Pagosa Springs 65,
#7 Sanford 88,
Cripple Creek 37
Sangre de Cristo 56,
Sierra Grande 46
Del Norte 55,
Custer County 30
#3 Centauri 26,
#7 Pagosa Springs 24
Monte Vista 30
Sangre de Cristo 44,
Sierra Grande 39