GREELEY—It was a tough go around for the Class 1A teams as both teams fell on the opening day and will move on to the consolation brackets of the State Basketball Tournaments which took place at the University of Colorado.
Fleming 68, Antonito 57
The Antonito Trojans suffered their first loss of the season, and it was a tough one to the Flemming Wildcats.
After leading 47-44 entering the final quarter, the big body of Erykah Tallman was eliminated and that helped the Wildcats outscore the Trojans 24-10 to get the huge win. Tallman fouled out with 7:46 left in the game, and it hurt.
The opening quarter started off outstanding for the Lady Trojans as senior Brenay Ruybal scored two straight field goals to give Antonito a 6-2 lead. That did not last long though as Ruybal had four personal fouls in the opening quarter and forced the hand of Head Coach Jeremy Romero. The Wildcats roared back and tied the game at 16 after one quarter as Kalyn Serranto scored six points.
The Wildcats then capitalized on the frustrations of the Lady Trojans as they scored 16 points in the second frame by six different players. The Trojans had a 7-0 run, but a run by the Wildcats made the halftime score 32-29 at the break.
The third quarter saw the Trojans score an 11-0 run to get their lead. However it wasn’t enough to keep momentum on their side.
The Trojans were led by Tallman’s 17 points while Tyanna Sanchez scored 11 and Brianna Martinez scored 10.
Cheyenne Wells 59, Creede/Lake City 34
The Miners battled early, but a 16-7 lead at the end of the first quarter made things bleak for them as they saw the Tigers pounce on any loose ball including three straight steals to allow the Tigers to score six points in a five-second span. Cheyenne Wells outscored Creede/Lake City 18-8 in the second quarter to take a 34-15 advantage.
The lead continued to grow as the bench players subbed in for the Tigers, allowing the Miners to also get their bench players in the third quarter. The Miners were outscored 13-8 and trailed 47-23 going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the Miners come alive and were only outscored 12-11 in the quarter. However the run came a little too late and the Tigers took the game.
The Miners were led by Issac Brochers’ 13 points.