Sargent senior Austin Dillon (10) harasses Sanford sophomore Wyatt Anderson (23) late in Saturday's game.
Courier Photo by Eric R. Flores
Courier Sports Editor
Sanford runs away with 46-33 win
SARGENT—The Sanford Indians easily controlled the girls’ contest as they won Saturday afternoon’s contest 46-33 here at Sargent High School.
The Sanford Indians took control of the game from the opening tip-off as they held the Sargent Farmers scoreless in the first quarter. They were able to score 14 points off a 3-pointer by senior Nicole Salazar and four points from sophomore Jaycee Canty. The Farmers only had four free throw attempts.
The offense finally came to life for the Farmers in the second quarter as they were able to put 13 points on the board behind seven points by junior Skylar Eagles and six points by sophomore Kelci VanTreese.
Sanford senior Kelli Canty, who scored two points in the opening quarter, dominated the boards and scored ten points in the second quarter to pace a 16-point assault that made the halftime score 30-13.
The Farmers had a strong third quarter as they held the Indians to just two points in the first seven minutes of the quarter and four total. Sophomore Melissa Hernandez scored all six of the Farmers points in the quarter to close the gap to 34-19 entering the fourth.
Despite two quick turnover and field goals by the Farmers to close the gap to 11 points, 34-23, the Indians put the game away with ease as they scored 12 points while the Farmers scored 14 points in the quarter.
Moose squeeze by Wolverines in OT
BAYFIELD—Senior Blake Faucett scored 15 points as she helped lead the Alamosa Mean Moose to a 53-52 overtime win over the Bayfield Wolverines on Saturday afternoon.
The Moose, who took a 31-24 lead late in the third quarter, allowed Bayfield to close the gap to just three points, 31-28, heading into the final quarter.
“It was a back and forth game and they fought hard,” said Alamosa Head Coach Kent Smith. “We would get a 1-point lead and then they would but I was real pleased with the effort in the second half.”
As time was winding down, Alamosa freshman Elise Tolley became the hero for the Mean Moose as she was fouled with less than 20 seconds remaining. She was able to connect on both the free throws to tie the game up at 46 points.
After furious playing Alamosa had control of the ball under their net and as the buzzer to signal the end of regulation sounded, Tolley put up a shot that bounced around and rimmed off to send the game into overtime.
In the overtime period, Alamosa fell behind 51-48 but they fought back and only allowed the Wolverines to go 1-for-2 on free throw attempts before they were able to cap off the scoring and settle for 28 seconds of stellar defense. Alamosa was able to force two turnovers and then spread the offense to run time off the clock.
“Like I told the girls after the game, it was a real fun game to be in,” said Smith. “We used three different presses to help cause turnovers but it really came down to free throws, if either team was able to hit them earlier in the game, there would not have been an overtime period.”
Alamosa was able to hit 19-of-35 (52.3 percent) of their free throws while Bayfield was only able to hit 13-of-33 (39.4 percent) of their free throws.
Alamosa was able to hit 16-of-62 (25.8 percent) of their field goal attempts including two treys by freshman Brooke Trujillo, who was the second highest scorer for Alamosa with ten points.
Sophomore Taylor Nye scored eight points while junior Marissa Manzanares scored six. Junior Nicole Broyles and Tolley each scored five points while sophomore Taylor Hackett rounded out the scorers with four points.
Broyles and Faucett led the team in the rebound category with eight and seven, respectively. As a team they corralled 36.
Lady Falcons ranked No. 1
LA JARA— An 11-game winning streak has the Centauri Lady Falcons sitting atop the Colorado Preps Class 3A rankings for the first time since 2006 as they take over a spot that was held by Denver Science and Technology last week.
They are also ranked No. 2 in the Denver Post coaches poll, with six first place votes.
The Knights, who were undefeated entering last week, were upset by the No. 4 team Holy Family on Monday. The loss has DST sitting at No. 4 this week while Holy Family moves up to No. 3. St. Mary’s, who holds a 13-1 record, is sitting at No. 2.
Centauri, who is now 14-1 on the seson, did not play their best game on Friday night as they defeated the Bayfield Wolverines 59-53 to help keep them a half-game ahead of No. 6 Pagosa Springs in the Intermountain League. The two teams will face off on Saturday in Pagosa.
This is the third straight week a different team holds the No. 1 spot in that poll.
In the MaxPreps Freeman basketball rankings, which are updated every Monday and Thursday, the Falcons are sitting in the No. 4 position.
Third quarter run lifts Indians
SARGENT—A 13-0 run by the Sanford Indians that started in the third quarter and ran into the beginning of the fourth quarter helped them defeat the Sargent Farmers 52-36 here at Sargent High School.
The Indians crashed the boards and dominated in the rebounding category that significantly changed the game as Sanford captured 45 boards. The Farmers were only able to retrieve 13 rebounds on the night.
The Farmers were able to close down Sanford’s normal high scorers as Chance Canty and Brett Crowther were held to a combined six points. In the Indian’s game against Del Norte a week before, Canty scored 26 points by himself.
As a team, the Indians connected on 19-of-55 (34.5 percent) of their shots from the field including 4-of-11 (36.5 percent) from beyond the 3-point mark while hitting 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) of their free throw attempts. They committed 13 personal fouls and 15 turnovers.
Clayton Peterson was the team’s scoring leader with 13 points while Calder Larsen and Miles Cladon each scored 11 points. Dustin Faucette scored six, Dalton Rodriguez scored five and Canty scored four points. Crowther rounded out the scorers with two points.
Canty and Peterson led the team in rebounds with 12 and 11, respectively.
The Farmers connected on 14-of-36 (38.9 percent) of their field goals and 3-of-12 (25 percent) from beyond the arch while hitting 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) of their free throws. They committed 16 turnovers and 16 personal fouls.
Sargent only had five players score points as Scott Dillon led the way with 15 points and Nate Ramirez was also in double figures with 11 points.
Austin Dillon scored six points with two treys while Austin Heersink and Kole VanTreese each scored a field goal for two points.
VanTreese led the Farmer rebounders with four on the day.
The game opened up with the Farmers jumping out to a 12-10 lead before outscoring Sanford 11-10 in the second quarter to take a 23-20 halftime lead.
The two teams matched buckets until the 1:45 mark in the third quarter where the Indians trailed 28-26.
A 3-pointer by Rodriguez sparked an 8-0 run to give Sanford a 34-28 lead entering the final quarter.
Sanford did not let off the gas they outscored Sargent by ten points for the 18-point victory.