Thunderbirds take home tournaments


A wild weekend of basketball continued. Sangre de Cristo wrapped up the Thunderbird shootout with tournament wins for both the boys and the girls. Centauri completed the Mountaintop Classic with a 3-0 record down both sides of the gender line. Alamosa would stay home for a meeting with Lamar while Sierra Grande and Moffat-Mountain Valley were on the road for tournaments in Springfield and Cotopaxi.

Sangre de Cristo met Center in the Thunderbird Shootout championships. The T-Bird girls took care of business quickly and efficiently running away with the game with a 31-7 in the first half eventually taking the tournament championship by a score of 59-19. In the boys’ championship, Sangre de Cristo went up big in the first half taking a 27-13 lead, spurring a comeback from the Vikings in the third. Center outscored Sangre de Cristo in the third quarter to close the distance to a 6-point deficit. But Sangre de Cristo would push the pace one again and win the tournament with a score of 59-47. 

At the Mountain Top Classic, Centauri’s squads would each take their third win of the weekend by dispatching Sargent. Centauri’s girls took a commanding 38-7 lead into the break eventually forcing a running clock in the third quarter, the La Jara girls were the lone 3-0 team on Saturday night after Montezuma-Cortez suffered a 58-37 loss to Durango. The boys’ team also advanced to 3-0 on the weekend with a win over Sargent. Centauri would go up 26-10 in the first half eventually putting the Farmers away 59-23. Centauri and Montezuma-Cortez would share a 3-0 record after the Panthers took Moffat County apart 91-62.

At the Cotopaxi tournament, the Moffat-Mountain Valley girls would advance to the championship game with a 45-24 win over South Park to face Cotopaxi. Moffat would spot the Pirates a 23-point lead in the first quarter and though they stayed close the final three quarters it was too much to overcome, Cotopaxi won 66-35.

In Springfield, it was the Sierra Grande boys and girls playing in the R.L. Ballard Tournament. Both the boys and girls suffered opening day losses to host Springfield. On day two they would meet South Baca. Sierra Grande’s boys opened with a 23-19 lead in the first half. After South Baca closed the distance to a one-point game to open the final frame 33-32. The Panthers would outscore South Baca 13-7 in the fourth quarter to claim a win. Sierra Grande’s girls weren’t so lucky falling to the Patriots 76-13 on day two.

Alamosa stayed home over the weekend and picked up their second home win of the year with both the boys and girls taking down Lamar. The Mean Moose girls opened up a 16-10 lead in the first half eventually putting away Lamar by a 36-17 score at the end of regulation. Lamar was kept to 5 points and under in each quarter. Alamosa’s boys enjoyed similar success against Lamar but would have to earn it. Alamosa fell behind at the half 19-17. It was all Mean Moose in the second half as they would outscore Lamar by 12 points to take a 56-46 win and stay perfect at home and on the season.

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