La Veta ladies lose two to head into playoffs
by David High
LA VETA — La Veta won the tip and Shaylee Andreatta put up the first field goal of the game. Kims’ Tori Goode answered with a three pointer to take the lead at 3-2 and the two teams were off and running this past Friday evening at the Roger Brunelli Gym in La Veta.
Another Redskin two pointer and a free throw by Kaylee Corsentino and the home team once again took the lead at 5-3. After the teams traded baskets in a low scoring first eight minutes, they were deadlocked at 7-7 going into the second quarter. Five three point baskets later, the visiting Mustangs had built a 24-16 advantage as the crowd went to stretch their collective legs at the half. Corsentino scored coming out of the break for the Redskins, but the Mustangs answered, going on another offensive explosion of 15 straight points to dominate the Redskin five. The Mustangs specialty throughout was the long range bomb and by the end of the third period it was Kim in the lead, 46-21.
With the 25 point Kim lead, the host Redskins had very little chance of making a comeback. They did, however, go on a run in the final period with Emalee Ortibez, Andreatta and Corsentino hitting the bottom of the net.
Unfortunately, it was a futile effort, considering the large lead the Mustangs had built. The final was a non-conference Redskin loss at 52-36.
The next night another tough opponent was on the Redskin itinerary as the red and white traveled over the pass to face the Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds. Once again, La Veta won the tip and stayed in the lead until late in the first period before the Thunderbirds jumped in front 10-7.
Coming out of the locker room the Redskins scored first to close the gap to 10-9, but the Thunderbirds went on one of the many scoring streaks by both teams, exploding to a 27-11 lead before the Redskins could answer with a lone basket. At the half time the host Sangre led at 34-17.
Sangre de Cristo didn’t let up in the following two quarters going on to win easily in the conference contest at 63-35.
La Veta finished 14-5 overall and 7-3 in District-6 play, third behind Sangre de Cristo, Sierra Grande, and Antonito who tied for first at 9-1. The La Veta girls beat Cotopaxi on Tuesday 50-45 in their district pigtail playoff game. They will play #1 seed Sangre de Cristo on Friday at 3:30 at Adams State.
Kim/Branson 7 17 22 6 52
La Veta 7 9 5 15 36
La Veta 7 10 4 14 35
Sangre 10 24 11 18 63