Rams, Lady Rams advance to Cowbell Consolation Championship

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Zoe Salazar reaches high for a rebound. (Photo by Laura Gonzales)

SPRINGER — Thursday (Dec. 10) the Cimarron basketball squads rebounded from a first round loss to down a common foe in Mosquero and advance to the consolation championship scheduled for Saturday (Dec. 12) in Raton.

Cimarron 66, Mosquero 46

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Austin Vargas drives the baseline. (Photo by Laura Gonzales)

Both squads started off slow with Cimarron holding a 7-6 lead after one complete quarter before coach Daniel Vigil made a few changes that changed the complexity of the game. With a different combination of players and a return to a full court press, the Ram offense untracked to outscore Mosquero 24-9 in the second stanza to take a 31-15 lead at intermission.

With momentum clearly on the visitors bench, the Rams continued to shoot the ball with uncanny accuracy in the second half to take a 66-46 win over the Mosquero Pirates. The “hot” shooting Rams converted on 10 three-points shots in the final three quarters after a lethargic opening period.

“We came out flat and tried the press early with little success,” said Rams Coach Daniel Vigil. “We managed to regroup and gave the press another try in the second half and we took off. The kids responded and we got out of our funk.”

Thomas Jeffers, the lone senior on the team, failed to score in the first period, but caught on fire scoring 26 points to lead all scorers. Jeffers connected on 6 three-pointers. Jeffers had plenty of help in the scoring column as Jacob Garcia added 12 points, Dominik Ickes 8 points, Austin Luksich 7 points, Matt Dean 4 points, Joe Serna and Morgan Sahd 3 points each, Dylan Freidt 2 points and Austin Vargas one point. All-in-all the Rams connected on 10 three-point shots.

The squad is relatively young with only one senior and is improving with leaps and bounds, but with youth expect some ups-and downs as the season progresses.

“We closed the game with four freshman and a sophomore, with another freshman playing a lot of minutes,” noted Vigil. “We could have run the score up, but it’s important to give our younger players some experience in a venue like this one. It will payoff in the future.”

The Rams have a challenging schedule in the preseason schedule and hope to be ready when the district schedule starts in January.

“We’re still working on cutting down mistakes and improving our fundamentals, but the kids have been real receptive with our coaching,” Vigil said. “I’m also happy with their sportsmanship that they have displayed thus far.”

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Coach Daniel Vigil (right) calls out a play. (Photo by Laura Gonzales)

Cimarron Lady Rams 45, Mosquero Lady Pirates 40

The Lady Rams also advance to the consolation championship with a hard-fought 45-40 win over a fiesty Mosquero squad. Cimarron led 11-10 after one period, then outscored Mosquero 14-7 in the second period to lead 25-17 at intermission. Another 14-9 advantage in the third quarter pushed the Lay Ram lead to 39-26 at the three-quarter mark. It appeared the Lady Rams were in control, but the Lady Pirates battled back to close the margin.

Mosquero outscored Cimarron 14-6 in the final quarter to make the final score 45-40, sending the Lady Rams into the consolation championship.

Reina Arguello paced the Lady Rams with 24 points, while Angel Gonzales added 12 points, Zoe Salazar 3 points and the duo of Gentry Haukebo and Mariah Vanderli each adding 2 points to the final total.

Consolation Championships

The Lady Rams will play for the Consolation Championship on Saturday (Dec. 12) at noon, while the Rams will also play in the Consolation Championship right after at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be played at Tiger Gymnasium at Raton High School.

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Mariah Vanderli win the opening tip. (Photo by Laura Gonzales)
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Dylan Freidt hits a jumper in the lane. (Photo by Laura Gonzales)