Alamosa can’t dig out of early hole

Alamosa's Sylvie Caton (33) looses a shot surrounded by Pagosa Springs Pirates in Friday's game. Caton led the Moose in scoring with 11 points. (Stephen Jiron/Valley Courier)

ALAMOSA — The third ranked Pagosa Springs Pirates were in town on Friday hosted by ninth ranked Alamosa’s girls. The Pirates took a 45-30 game.

Before this weekend Alamosa had built a 5 game winning streak that included a win over Centauri. Alamosa built that streak after losing to Pagosa Springs, oddly enough by a score of 45-30. As the first and second ranked teams in the Intermountain League Friday provided an inside look at what the district tournament championship game may wind up being. As well as giving both teams a better picture of what to expect.

Right away Pagosa Springs set the pace, Alamosa struggled with ball control with 5 turnovers in the first quarter. The Pirates made good on the extra possessions early for a 6-0 lead. Alamosa junior Lily Lavier would get the Moose on the board but Alamosa struggled in the paint falling behind 12-2 after one quarter.

With nothing loosening up inside successful shots needed to drop from outside. Alamosa’s Emily Lavier and Sylvie Caton sank a three-pointer each in the second quarter to keep the Moose close. With 11 points in the second frame Alamosa would outscore the Pirates and cut into the lead, going to the half down 20-13.

The paint didn’t get any less treacherous offensively for Alamosa in the second half. Emily Lavier would hit another trey but aside from Sylvie Caton who went 2 of 3 from the charity stripe and collected two baskets for 6 points the rest of Alamosa’s points came from free throws.

To begin the final quarter Pagosa Springs held a 34-25 lead. After being bludgeoned by the likes of Pagosa’s Molly Graham and company the Moose were worn down. Baskets from Emily Lavier and Taylor Motz made up the final five points Alamosa would post in the 45-30 game.

Caton had the best luck slogging through the Pirates down low leading the Moose with 11 points. Emily Lavier finished second on the team in scoring with ten points thanks to her accuracy from outside the arc.

It will be a short turnaround for the Moose as Alamosa will go from one tough opponent right to the next. Alamosa will play Centauri in Plachy Hall and close the regular season on Saturday afternoon. Tip off is slated for 2 p.m at Adams State.

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