2019 Colorado State Basketball

Sanford senior Lauren Canty (5) slips by Trista Mary (25) of Limon during Thursday night’s win. Canty was Sanford’s leading scorer with 11 points./Courier photo by Stephen Jiron

Sanford upsets top seeded Limon

Badgers

By STEPHEN JIRON

Courier Sports Editor

LOVELAND – Having won their district and regional championships not only did Sanford’s girls basketball team enter the post season seeded lower than their Southern Peaks League counterpart, Del Norte (23-2), they came in seeded last. Sanford pulled the challenge of No. 1 Limon in game one. Sanford proved equal to the task eliminating Limon from the championship bracket with a 46-38 win. 

Sanford matched pace with the top ranked Badgers going blow for blow to close out the first quarter trailing 10-8.  It seemed like things might get out of hand pretty quickly when Limon opened it up to a 16-10 lead late in the second quarter but in the final two minutes Sanford closed the distance to go to the half down16-14.

Refusing to go away, Chelsea Edgar came up big for Sanford in the third quarter draining both free throws to give Sanford their first lead of the game. A lay up from Lauren Canty and a trey from Mackenzie Peterson and it was a 29-25 lead for Sanford entering the final quarter of play. Though Limon would charge back and re-take the lead with two points inside from Anna Weisensee Sanford had clamped down and would not let Limon escape. Sanford just kept coming and something had to give it.

Two points from the paint by Sanford senior Lauren Canty and the girls in green would claim a four-point lead with two minutes to play. Canty paced all Sanford scorers with 11 points. While Limon would answer it wouldn’t matter. First Canty would go back to the line, then Peterson followed by Asia Caldon. Limon would not gain ground and Sanford would pull off the 8-1 upset.

Thursday morning Del Norte would pull off an upset of their own eliminating No. Meeker with a buzzer beater put-back from Keila Madrid. Del Norte will be on the hardwood first on Friday to face the defending champions No. 2 Yuma. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. Then at 7 p.m. Sanford will meet the fifth ranked Swink Lions.

Alamosa runs out of steam against No. 1 St. Mary’s

By STEPHEN JIRON

Courier Sports Editor

DENVER – Thursday morning the Alamosa girls’ basketball squad took on the defending champion first ranked St. Mary’s Pirates. The Moose couldn’t keep a strong first quarter going and were eliminated by St. Mary’s 53-38.

In the first frame Alamosa looked strong keeping St. Mary’s bottled up to the tune of a 12-9 lead. Alamosa owned the advantages in the shooting averages and it earned them the lead. In the second frame St. Mary’s made an adjustment from their zone defense to manning the Mean Moose up. It proved fruitful. Alamosa fell silent only mustering 3 points in the second frame allowing St. Mary’s to take control 17-15.

Having lost the lead Alamosa had some work to do in the second half. Neither team was shooting very impressively in the first half both below thirty percent. In the second half Alamosa struggled with ball control. On the game the Moose had a hard time maintaining possession losing 23 turnovers compared to St. Mary’s 14. Which lead to the Pirates racking up 21 points off turnovers.

Combined with a 66 percent shooting clip in the second half for the Pirates, Alamosa watched a two-point game turn into a 12-point game at the end of three. Facing tough odds the Moose started opening up some long distance shots Terese Chavez, Emily Lavier and Sylvie Caton were good from the three-point line in the final frame giving Alamosa a boost but unfortunately they were unable to catch the streaking Pirates, falling 53-38. Alamosa was lead in scoring by Lilly Lavier and Sylvie Caton who put up 14 and 13 points respectively. The win advances St. Mary’s to the Final Four where they’ll face No. Eaton at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Falcons fall short of revenge against Colorado Springs

Christian

By STEPHEN JIRON

Courier Sports Editor

DENVER – During the afternoon games at the University of Denver, Centauri played a rematch a year in the making. The Falcons were unable to eliminate the higher seeded Lions on Thursday falling 60-48.

With the opportunity to eliminate the team that knocked them out of the post season in 2018, things didn’t get off to an auspicious start for the Falcons as after 8 minutes they trailed the Lions 16-12. At the half the Lions had built that into a 12-point advantage. Centauri was being outshot hitting 39.1 percent to Colorado Springs Christian’s 59.1, things had begun to look rather dire.

Centauri would respond in the third. The Falcons opened play after the break with a five-point run. By the time start of the fourth quarter rolled around the Falcons had cut the deficit to just four points. However, the Falcons were unable to silence the Lions through the final 8-minutes suffering a 60-48 defeat. Centauri was paced in scoring by Makenna Bagwell who went 5-of-11 for 14 points. Mia Garcia was second on the team in scoring with 13 points. Colorado Springs Christian will meet another Intermountain Leaguer at the Final Four on Friday in Pagosa Springs. Tip off is set for 4 p.m.


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