T-Birds sink Vikings in Center

Jessica Slane gets triple-double, Thunderbirds stay perfect

CENTER — Thursday night Sangre de Cristo went to Center where they would take down the Vikings in two lopsided affairs. Sangre de Cristo’s girls (11-0-0) prevailed, taking a 62-19 final, the boys followed suit with a 53-20 finish.

Sangre de Cristo’s girls remain perfect with the win. Entering Thursday’s bout the Thunderbirds feasted on the Aguilar Wildcats. the girls managed to create a 65-point spread after having triggered a running clock. Center’s girls (0-8-0) have been trying to correct the skid as they continue to look for their first win.

Jessica Slane fights her way inside against Center's Malyka Medina during Thursday's win. Slane doubled up on points (20), assists (10) and rebounds (10) to notch her first triple-double of the season.

Sangre de Cristo junior Jessica Slane set the tone for the night right away getting a steal on the Vikings first possession taking it to the other end of the court for a jump shot to open with a lead. That was number one of Slane’s six steals on the night. Slane would go on to wrangle 10 rebounds and 10 assists and tie for the team lead in scoring with 20 points. Kylee Christiensen also tacked 20 points to the team total.The Thunderbirds would not look back and outpaced Center to the game’s 62-19 conclusion. Malyka Medina was the leading scorer for Center with 5 points.

Sangre de Cristo’s boys (10-1-0) have also been running with the wind at their back hitting their stride to the tune of a 9-win streak the latest coming in the form of a 48-13 dismantling of Aguilar.Center (2-7-0) has struggled, as the wins have been hard to come by thus far in the season their last came against Ellicot at the beginning of the month.

Sangre de Cristo opened the game in control with a 19-4 first quarter. Manuel Lopez proved to be a terror from 20 feet out hitting 5 three-pointers in the win. Lopez led the Thunderbirds with 17 points. Behind Lopez was Jared Sinclair who hit 3 tre’s in his own right for second on the team in scoring with 15 points. The boys showed no more quarter than the girls coasting to a 53-20 finish. It was  Evan Hurtado for Center leading the team with 7 points.

Manuel Lopez squares up for a three-point attempt during Sangre de Cristo's win over Center Thursday night. Lopez hit five from the arc and totaled a team leading 17 points.

Up next for the Thunderbirds is Moffat, Sangre de Cristo welcomes the Cowboys to Mosca tonight. The seas don’t soften any ahead of the Vikings, as they will go from the Thunderbirds who are a combined 21-1 to visiting the highly ranked Del Norte Tigers who are a combined 15-5 tonight starting with the girls at 5 p.m.