Sargent's Nate Ramirez (3) attempts to make a block on Sangre de Cristo's Mitchell Stagner (4) deep 3-point attempt in the opening half of Friday night's contest.
Courier Photo by Eric R. Flores
Courier Sports Editor
Farmers ground Thunderbirds
SARGENT—3-pointers by the Sargent Farmers led to the demise of the Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds in the boys’ contest as the Farmers clinched a 56-34 win here at Sargent High School on Friday night.
Like the girls’ game before it, the game was extremely close in the first quarter with the Thunderbirds taking a 7-6 lead. Not even 18 seconds into the second quarter and the Farmers took their first lead of the game when senior Austin Dillon took sank a jumper.
20 seconds late, Sangre de Cristo senior Mitchell Stagner gave them their final lead of the game with a lay-up.
The Farmers outscored Sangre de Cristo, 15-7 in the second quarter to take a 21-14 lead into halftime.
Three straight 3-pointers for the Farmers to start the second half staked them out to a 30-16 lead. After another trey, and the help of four free throws and two field goals, Sargent had an 23-point lead entering the final quarter, 41-18.
Sargent did not hold back as they swelled their lead to 28 points midway through the contest before wrapping up the win.
As a team, the Farmers were 23-of-39 (59 percent) from the field, including 5-of-10 (50 percent) from beyond the arch. They converted on 6-of-8 (75 percent) of their free throw attempts while committing 17 personal fouls and 14 turnovers. They did get 26 boards.
Senior Austin Dillon was the top scorer for the Farmers with 16 points just ahead of senior Scott Dillon, who had 12. Senior Nate Ramirez and sophomore Kenon Miner each posted seven points while junior Jace Bogle had six. Senior Kole VanTreese had four and senior Cale Miner scored two points. Ramirez led the team’s rebounding efforts with seven total.
There were only four Thunderbirds to score on Friday night and Stagner led the way with 14 points. Sophomore Troy Fritz scored ten points while Kyle Beiriger scored eight. Kyle Freel added two points.
As a team, Sangre de Cristo was 9-of-44 (20.5 percent) from the field, including 3-of-10 (30 percent) from 3-point land.
Lady Thunderbirds defeat Lady Farmers
SARGENT—The girls’ contest was a tightly contested game in the early stages but a huge 2-minute rush to end the first half helped propel the Lady Thunderbirds over the Lady Farmers 54-27. With the win, Sangre de Cristo improves to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in Southern Peaks League. Sargent falls to 2-6 overall and 1-1 in SPL.
The opening minutes of the game was all Sangre de Cristo as they capitalized on several key turnovers by the Farmers to build an 11-4 lead. As the quarter progressed, the Farmer’s luck changed by nabbing defensive rebounds and turning them into points. The points helped them retaliate with a 7-0 run. Farmer junior Faith Mullins, who hit the final three points of the quarter, tied the game on a free throw with 33.9 seconds remaining.
The second quarter, which started with an 11-11 score, remained steady until the 5:40 point when Thunderbird senior Kathryn New broke the tie with a field goal. The two teams then traded buckets to make it a 20-17 Sangre lead. They regained complete control of the momentum in the final 1:15 of the half as sophomore Allie Beiriger and senior Kendra Neese hit 3-pointers and sophomore Abbey Stagner got an easy lay-up with less than two seconds left in the half.
The Thunderbirds carried a 28-17 lead into the break.
New and the Thunderbirds then dominated the second half as Sangre outscored Sargent 19-3 in the third quarter. New was responsible for scoring 13 of those points.
Since the Thunderbirds were leading 47-20 after three quarters, they were able to put it in cruise control in the fourth. They matched Farmers’ seven points for the 27-point win.
As a team, the Thunderbirds were 21-of-53 (39.6 percent) from the field while hitting 9-of-12 (75 percent) from the free throw line. They were able to corral 30 rebounds while only committing 17 turnovers and 15 personal fouls.
Sargent was 9-of-29 (31 percent) from the field and 8-of-12 (66.6 percent) from the charity stripe. They committed 14 personal fouls and 31 turnovers while gathering 22 rebounds.
New finished the contest with seven 2-point field goals, a trey and was 5-of-6 from the free throw line for a total of 22 points. Neese scored 11 points while Stagner scored six points. Beiriger and freshman Jenna McKinley finished with five points each while sophomore Heather Dieckman and senior Jessica Gilmore rounded out their scorers with 3 and 2 points, respectively.
Stagner led the team with four rebounds.
Senior Camrey Garoutte led the Farmers with seven total points while senior Savannah Plane scored six and junior Faith Mullins scored five. Junior Skylar Eagles scored four points and sophomores Kelci VanTreese and Sami Johnson scored 3 points and 2 points, respectively.
Eagles gathered seven boards.
Both Sargent teams will attempt to make it to Ignacio for a make-up game on Saturday, the Thunderbirds will host the Antonito Trojans.
Falcons sweep Pirates
MONTE VISTA—Centauri Falcons rode into Monte Vista Friday evening and both the boys’ and girls’ teams strolled out with Intermountain League victories. The Lady Falcons won 65-15 while the boys won 65-45.
The Lady Pirates, who were playing without one of their better players in Shelby Hindes, were led by Ashley Martinez who scored five points.
The Falcons’ leading scorer was Tori Fringer with 14 points. Taylor Wilson and Marissa Quinlan were both in double-digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Both Kendra Garcia and Jasmine Gallegos scored nine points each.
On the boys’ side Keith Romero was the Pirates’ high scorer with 12 points while Jaziah Martinez scored 10.
KC Jarvies led the Falcons with 14 points. Colton Mitchell scored 13 and Justin Gallegos added 12 points.
The Lady Pirates, who are now 2-9 overall and 0-3 IML, and Monte Vista boys’ team, 6-6 overall and 1-2 IML are off until next Saturday when they play at Pagosa Springs.
The Lady Falcons, who are ranked No. 3 in Class 3A, are now 13-1 on the season and 3-0 in the IML. The boys’ squad improved to 9-4 overall and 1-2 in the IML. Next Friday the Falcons will travel to Bayfield.