Sanford advances to Regional championship with blowout win

Sanford senior Lauren Canty (5) attempts a shot during Sanford’s game against Ridgeway on Friday night. Sanford will play Soroco in the championship. (Stephen Jiron/ Valley Courier)

SANFORD — The ladies down in Sanford made it look elementary when they took the court Friday night. Sanford washed the visiting Ridgeway Demons away in a 63-13 final.

As winners of their district tournament last week, Sanford is host to their regional tournament this weekend. Meaning their game against the Demons and their competition Soroco vs. Calhan will all take place within the comfy confines of Sanford High School.

In the first round Sanford and the Demons both got off to a bit of slow start. Sanford would open up a 9-2 lead early in the game. From there the home team got even production from everyone on the court 6 different girls registering a field goal while senior Chelsea Edgar sank two free throws to combine for 14 points.

Five minutes into the second quarter and both teams were maintaining their exact pace, Sanford leading 18-4. Mackenzie Peterson’s 5 points would lead Sanford to the half with the home team ahead 27-8.

As if the Demons weren’t struggling enough Sanford began to really come on strong in the third quarter. Asia and Karly Caldon would combine for 3 three-pointers propelling Sanford to an 18-point quarter. Meanwhile for the second time in the game Sanford had stifled their opponent to just 2 points.

Entering the final 8 minutes with a large lead Sanford would eventually elect to let the reserves take the court but even then the rain continued to fall. Harmony Peterson and Shallyn Smith would each add treys to Sanford’s mounting lead before time expired. With the win Sanford is on to the Region 5 championship. On the other side of the bracket Soroco eliminated Calhan 58-43. Sanford and Soroco will face one another Saturday at 2 p.m. Sanford was led in scoring by Asia Caldon. Caldon finished with 14 points. 

Girls’ Basketball local look-in:

In the 1A class the tournament was held in La Junta. Sierra Grande’s girls could not keep up with Wiley and were eliminated, 50-37. In Sangre de Cristo’s bracket Springfield upset the higher seeded Eads Eagles to earn a meeting with the Thunderbirds, tomorrow tip off is scheduled for 11 a.m.

On the road in the 2A class Center could not get past No. 4 Swink seeing their season come to an end 59-8. Sargent also failed to defeat a host school losing to sixth seeded Dawson School, 53-29. Meanwhile Del Norte snuffed out Vail Christian in a powerful offensive effort 71-42. The Tigers will move on to face Simla in the Region 7 Championship.

It was a good day for 3A basketball in the valley. Centauri eliminated their competition Roaring Fork handily 51-37. The Falcons will move on to the ‘Sweet 16’ to meet No. 7 The Academy Saturday at 1 p.m. Alamosa cleared Colorado Academy in convincing fashion 48-16. The Moose will meet host Platte Valley in the next round Saturday at 1 p.m.

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