Courier Sports Editor
LA JARA—The final week of the regular season started off good for the Centauri Falcons as they were able to sweep an Intermountain League doubleheader from the Monte Vista Pirates in their final home contest of the season. The girls won 62-33 while the boys won 71-45.
In the girls’ contest, the first quarter was all that it was: a contest. The Falcons, who took a 12-7 lead into the second quarter, did not allow Monte Vista to score a point until the final 28 seconds of the quarter when sophomore Shelby Hindes finally hit two free throws to end the 8-minute scoring drought. Freshman Terrise Sanchez also scored two points to bring their halftime total up to 11 points.
The Falcon defense did not have an effect on their shooting as they were able to score 24 points including 11 from junior Tori Fringer to help give them a 36-11 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Centauri continued their effort, outscoring Monte Vista 14-8. Monte Vista did have a successful fourth quarter as they hit three 3-pointers and won the quarter 14-12 to get the 62-33 win.
The Falcons, who only took six free throws, were led by Fringer, who scored 19 points. Senior Taylor Wilson scored 17 points while senior Adrianna Cordova scored seven points. Junior Marissa Quinlan scored five points while junior Kendra Garcia and sophomore Sheridan Coombs each scored four points and sophomore Erika Valdez scored two.
The Pirates, who hit 7-of-8 (88 percent) of their free throws, were led by Sanchez, who scored 14 points. Senior Ashley Martinez scored six points.
In the boys contest, a firestorm of shots were taken in the first quarter but three 3-pointer the Falcons and eight points by Falcon sophomore Jeremy Cornum helped them jump out to a 17-10 first quarter lead. Junior Adrian Moreno accounted for six of the Pirates points.
The second quarter was all about the hustle. The Falcons hopped out to a 29-14 lead behind four points from Cornum, sophomore Mitchell Wilson and senior Russell Shawcroft. The Pirates came sailing back to close the gap to four after an 11-point run including seven from junior Randy Velarde and six from senior Jose Sarinana. The run was ended with a strong trey from Cormum to make the halftime score 32-25.
The Pirates came out of the halftime break on fire as they scored six straight points to close the gap to 32-31 with 6:45 remaining. That run did not faze the Falcons as they capitalized on missed shots by Monte Vista to score 17 unanswered points and take a 49-31 lead into the final quarter.
The point-streak extended to 20 points before the Pirates were able to finally score again with 5:53 left in the game. The Falcons continued the game and capped it off for the 69-45 win.
Moreno led the Pirates with eight points while Cornum led the Falcons with 25 points.
Both teams have dates with the Pagosa Springs Pirates later this week. The Falcons will vie for their share of the league title on Friday.