Fouls can’t foil Alamosa girls in Bayfield

Alamosa’s Sylvie Caton brings the ball past Bayfield’s Tymbree Florian during Saturday’s game inside BHS Gymnasium.

BAYFIELD— Fifty percent accuracy from the charity stripe usually isn’t a figure coaches cherish.

But four-of-eight shooting within the final 90 seconds Saturday afternoon was enough for Shawn Cody’s Alamosa girls to spoil Bayfield’s bid for an Intermountain League home win, 41 to 38.

With two makes in four tries by freshman Terese Chavez, one in two by sophomore Taylor Motz, and—ultimately—one in two by sophomore Lily Lavier, putting the guests up by four points with just 22 seconds left, AHS overcame a disqualifying fifth foul given junior center/forward Sylvie Caton with 2:38 left in regulation, plus regulars Motz and senior Tara Sowards each playing with four personals to improve to 6-4 overall, 2-2 IML.

With AHS coming in off a 39-27 home loss to #1-ranked [ Class 3A poll] Centauri and BHS looking to bounce back from a 61-6 road loss at #4 Pagosa Springs, the contest began slowly, with Sowards’ early three-pointer the only points on the scoreboard as the clock ticked down to 4:46 left in the first quarter.

Having gone for the opening eight minutes, 41 seconds inside PSHS Gymnasium before finally scoring in response to the Lady Pirates’ 14 points, the Lady Wolverines did not panic even with the Mean Moose holding a 10-4 advantage after eight minutes and still leading 14-5 before junior guard Tymbree Florian sank two FTs with 3:54 left before halftime.

Outscoring Alamosa 12-1 after Florian’s makes, with posts Kira Riley and Jordan Lanning combining for nine points, BHS (3-9, 1-3) went back into their locker room suddenly leading 19-15.

Lavier (14 points, 4-6 FT) and Chavez (6 points, 2-4 FT) each dropped in a basket early in the third quarter, tying the score at 19, but five consecutive Florian points late helped the home team enter the final frame up 28-24.

Undaunted, AHS answered with Lavier attacking for two baskets—putting the Moose up 30-28.  Lanning answered with four consecutive free throws, briefly re-tying the score at 32 before Lavier sank two with 4:00 left.

After Caton’s dismissal, Bayfield again capitalized in the paint with freshman Macee Schultz working to earn two free-throw tries with 1:32 remaining.  Hitting one, she tied the game at 37-37, but it would be BHS’ last hurrah until Lanning (12 points, 6-8 FT) dropped in one last freebie inside the final ten seconds.

All told, the Lady Wolverines made 13 of 20 (65%) foul-line chances while Alamosa made 18 of 27 (66.7%).  Motz finished with six points and Caton five, and senior Alana Hackett came off the bench to score four.  Florian totaled nine points and Riley eight in defeat.

Alamosa hosted 3A Buena Vista on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m., with the Lady Demons standing 4-7 overall after a 62-42 Tri-Peaks League home win Saturday over Rye (0-11).  Bayfield, meanwhile, hosted 2A Sargent with the Lady Farmers coming in at 4-6 after Saturday’s 37-27 Southern Peaks League loss at Sanford (7-4).