Cyclones fall to Tigers
Pueblo West girls enter state playoffs on 3-game skid after losses to South, Canon City
A three-game skid was not an ideal way to end the season. A 3-seed and a first-round bye should pacify any issues the squad dealt with last week.
The girls stumbled down the home stretch losing at Pueblo South last Tuesday and at Canon City last Friday. While the Cyclones struggled in the closing week of the regular season, Haley Simental, Bri Rodriguez and the rest of the Cyclones want a taste of the Final Four at the Events Center in Boulder as they did last season.
An onslaught form beyond the arc allowed the Canon City Tigers to earn a victory over the Cyclones.
The Tigers jumped out in front of West and never looked back. Canon City’s Erika O’Rourke sank five 3-pointers and ended the game with 23 points.
The Tigers defense smothered the Cyclones in the second quarter holding them to only eight points.
Haley Simental led all scorers with a 24 and Bri Rodriguez contributed 17. The two also combined to go 16-for-18 from the line. The rest of the Cyclones struggled from the field and scrapped together 18 total points. No other Cyclone scored more than five points.
West faces the winner of the (11) Niwot vs. (6) Palisade game Friday at Jerry Kersey Gym at a time to be determined.
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Final home game of the regular season for the South High School girls basketball team. The reigning 4A player of the year, Shannon Patterson, had her jersey hung on the wall. It was only fitting South dominated Tuesday night.
The Colts handed the Pueblo West Cyclones their worst loss of the season with a 71-48 victory in a South-Central League game at South High School gym.
Patterson came out the gates firing scoring the first eight points for the Colts, and scored 10 of her game-high 25 points in the period.
While Patterson controlled the offense in the first quarter, the Colts’ defense stifled the Cyclones holding them to 15 first-half points.
Pueblo West guard Haley Simental struggled in the first meeting against South, scoring just seven points. The Cyclones’ leading scorer couldn’t find the mark again connecting on just two field goals and scored 10 points. Even though Simental was quiet, South head coach Shannan Lane still had high praise for her.
“If she hits a shot what can you do? She’s a great player. It’s like guarding Kobe Bryant,” Lane said. “Haley can take you off the dribble and shoot the three. We’ve been lucky to have defenders who can face guard her.”
With so much defensive emphasis on Simental, Cyclones guard Bri Rodriguez led Pueblo West to a strong second half where she scored 17 of her 20 points. Shyanne DeVille also knocked down two 3-pointers early in the quarter.
“Pueblo West is a good team. We knew they would catch fire sooner or later.” Patterson said. “We did a good job of contesting shots but they just got hot in the second half.”
Even with the flurry of shots West hit, it only outscored the Colts by three points in the third quarter, and each team scored 33 in the second half.
Lane credited her team’s experience for holding off the run by the Cyclones in the third and fourth quarter. She paused before answering how her team stayed focused and competitive in situations like this.
“I’m bringing back whole lot of kids who are mentally tough,” Lane said. ”That first half they executed. Pueblo West is a great team and that first half we executed.
“We’re working on putting four of those together. When you go up north you have to have four quarters like those first two we had.”
Patterson finished the game with 25 and Kendra Jesik and Riane Bailey each contributed 11.
PW boys hoops
Struggling to the end, the Pueblo West boys basketball team finished its league season with a flourish. winning four of its final five games to earn a No. 9 seed in the upcoming state basketball playoffs.
After a rough start to the season, the Cyclones rededicated themselves. The extra sweat in practice paid big dividends.
The Cyclones split games last week (1-1) but managed to win their final game of the season at Canon City to head into the playoffs with a bit of momentum.
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The Cyclones nearly tripped up the South Colts last Tuesday at Jerry Kersey Gym trailing by just three at the half 43-40. The rivals came to a near stalemate in the third with South edging West by a point (15-14) in the quarter.
A late run from the Colts in the fourth quarter foiled any chance of a comeback from the Cyclones.
South’s combo of Trey Parker (18 points) and Maleek Johnson (16) was too much for the young Cyclones to overcome. David Arrieta was the only Cyclone who scored in double figures with 14.
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Canon City 61
The team bounced back against Canon City 67-61 last Saturday en route to an identical record as 2012-13.
Despite Tigers’ center Logun Javernick pouring in a game-high 23 points, the Cyclones held Canon City to 32 points through the first three quarters.
Billy Daugherty dropped 22 on Canon City and Kenny Tack wasn’t far behind with 19.
The Tigers nearly matched their point total for the game in the fourth with 29 points, and held the Cyclones to six in the quarter.