Alamosa splits league schedule opener with Pagosa

Angelo Ramirez takes aim from the free throw line. Ramirez tied Ry Adams for the team lead in scoring Tuesday night with 11 points. (Courier photo by Stephen Jiron)

ALAMOSA — On the night that Alamosa faced Pagosa Springs and opened the Intermountain League portion of their schedule there was quite a few of eyes sizing up the competition. Both Centauri and Monte Vista were in attendance to get an idea of what they had in store in the coming months.

The Alamosa girls fell to the Pirates by a score of 53-31. The boys added another notch to the win column with a 48-26 victory over Pagosa Springs.

The Alamosa girls were riding on a two game win streak entering the game against Pagosa Springs. The visiting Pirates have postseason aspirations as a member of last year’s Great 8 in the playoffs.

Both teams looked to spar in the first quarter sizing each other up. Alamosa even took steps in the right direction taking an early 5-4 lead. Unfortunately that would be their only lead of the game as missed three pointers started to pile up and the girls quickly found themselves behind 17-9 at the end of the first.

From there Pagosa Springs took firm control wrestling away a 53-31 game. Alana Hackett and Terese Chavez paced the Moose combining for 17 points.

The boys got a seven o clock start and entered the game looking to extend the two game winning streak they had built. The boy’s game started similarly with both defenses prevailing through the first for a very tight game with both teams combining for a mere 10 points.

It wasn’t until the second quarter that things broke wide open. The Moose ripped off 15 unanswered points in the second chapter before a Cade Cowan three pointer stopped the bleeding for the Pirates. By then Alamosa had already begun to run away with the game closing the half with a 23-9 advantage.

Alamosa kept their foot on the gas all the way to until late in the fourth when the Mean Moose pulled the starters en route to a 48-26 victory. It was a team effort as Alamosa had three players break double digits in scoring.

Ry Adams and Angelo Ramirez tied for the team lead with 11-points, while Noah Romero added 10 to the Mean Moose’s winning total. With the win Alamosa continues to look dominant in the IML taking a 1-0 opening league record.

Alamosa is home again over the weekend with a chance to start 2-0 in the IML as they welcome league rival Montezuma-Cortez. The girls are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start while the boys are slated to take the court at 8 p.m.