By STEPHEN JIRON
Courier Sports Editor
MONTE VISTA — With snow on the roads making things for hard on teams trying to travel for their games Friday, a meeting between close neighbors Center and Sargent went off without a hitch. The Center (3-5) girls only had to travel a mere 5 miles for their meeting with the Farmers (3-5), a meeting the home team would take by a score of 57-30.
Since having started the season 1-2 at the Mountain Top Classic things haven’t gotten much easier for the Sargent girls. A three game skid was just recently offset by a 32-19 win for the Farmers against Mancos (0-8) before the Christmas season. Center opened their season 2-1 taking third place at the Thunderbird Shootout to start the season. The Vikings would then go off course with a 1-2 run before the holiday break and January 5th’s loss to Rocky Ford (5-5) put the Vikings below .500 on the season.
Both squads entered Friday’s contest in need of a notch in the left column.
Alexia Aguilera and Lexxi Aguilar got the Farmers started right combining for eight points to take a 14-12 lead heading into the second quarter. Aguilar would finish second in scoring for Sargent with 13 points.
The first quarter would be the most productive for Center, with four points from junior Brandi Almeida. Almeida led the Vikings in scoring with 10 points.
In the second stanza Sargent separated themselves with another double-digit quarter while keeping Center to just four points for a 27-16 lead at the half. Coming back from the locker rooms Sargent continued to enforce their will reeling off 19 points in the third quarter thanks to a three-pointer from Lainie Dillon and 6 points from Aguilar. Dillon’s second trey of the night came in the fourth as part of a seven point quarter from the senior, capping a 20 point game.
The win is the second in a row for the Sargent Farmers putting them on a nice little streak heading into their scheduled meeting with Custer County (3-5) Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The loss marks the third in a row for the Vikings and things won’t get any easier as they are scheduled to meet local powerhouse Del Norte (7-0) Friday at 5:30 p.m.