Alamosa dispatch Demons in non-league game

Alamosa senior Devon Mitchell (5) floats one from three-point land with Buena Vista’s Sage McGinnis (15) applying pressure. Mitchell’s trey in the first quarter was part of a run that helped bury the Demons. (VC/Jiron)

ALAMOSA — Alamosa High School’s events were female Tuesday night. Three games – C-Team, Junior Varsity and Varsity were all-girl matchups between Alamosa and Buena Vista. The Moose (3-0) got the better of the visiting Demons (1-2), winning 50-29.

While it’s still early in the season Buena Vista entered the game ranked higher by Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), holding the No. 16 spot to Alamosa’s 19th placing. Although, Alamosa swayed the coaches earning the sixth-place spot in the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) coaches poll from Dec. 9th, while Buena Vista failed to make the rankings.

Buena Vista got the scoring started taking a 5-0 lead early. Alamosa quickly took control, however. The Moose went on a 22-1 tear, led by 7 points from junior Emily Lavier, putting the Demons in a hole they would not recover from.

Alamosa’s starters were very efficient in the contest as the bench would only chip in two points to the victory. Alamosa’s leading scorer Lavier would add 18 more points in the second half to an already dominant performance to cap off a 25-point night. As the deficit grew so did tensions and along with it, the physicality.

Alamosa senior Lily Lavier suffered an eye injury during the game which calls into question her availability for Alamosa’s trip to Glenwood Springs this weekend. Lily is unquestionably a leader for the Mean Moose now in her senior year. A season ago Lily led the Moose in scoring, assists and steals and is a valuable presence on the inside for the Moose.

With the win, Alamosa leapfrogged Buena Vista and skyrocketed all the way to the No. 4 spot according to the RPI. Fans will get a better idea of what last year’s Great 8 State qualifier will be capable after this weekend.

Alamosa boys and girls will be heading to Glenwood Springs for the Glenwood Springs Invitational. The away tournaments will provide a challenge as they contain a spattering of 4A teams in the form of Glenwood Springs, Montrose in both and Cañon City only in the girls’ tournament. At the tournament, both Mean Moose teams will be facing Faith Christian in the first round. In boys’ basketball Faith Christian (2-0) is ranked third in Class 3A collecting 155 points in the CHSAA coaches poll. In girls’ basketball Faith Christian was unraked (0-2) and will attend the tournament in search of their first win of the season. Alamosa girls will play first at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the boys will follow directly after at 5 p.m.

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