by Melissa Ray
LA VETA — On Friday, February 21 at 6 pm, the Mountain Valley Cowboys rode into town for a rematch against the La Veta Redskins in Redskin territory. The Redskins were waiting for them in the valley and sent them home soundly beaten, 57 to 35.
During the first quarter, virtually every La Veta player took the opportunity to put points on the scoreboard, Zac Brunelli hitting the basket three times himself. The Cowboys had no trouble getting the ball to their end of the court but were continually blocked and pinned down when attempting a shot at the basket. The quarter ended in La Veta’s favor, 20 to 9.
It appeared that the Cowboys came to the game without any ammunition in the second quarter. Both teams were playing aggressively, but the Redskins stepped up the attack and kept Mountain Valley out of target range. Tyler Duzenack made a sweet bounce pass to Jonathon Sanchez who made the first two-point shot of the quarter. Once again every Redskin player took a turn hitting the basket. The scoreboard now showed a score of 33 to 12 Redskins.
During half time, the cheerleaders once again treated Redskin fans to a showing of their acrobatic and dance skills in a new routine. The school took the opportunity to thank the various businesses, school employees, and community members who donated their time and money to help with the recent projects at the football field.
The third quarter opened up with both teams playing sloppy ball. Neither team was handling the ball well. The Cowboys began to find the target and were able to add 12 points to the scoreboard. La Veta added seven and the quarter ended with a score of 40 to 24, Redskins remaining in the lead.
La Veta pulled it together in the fourth quarter and sped the game back up. They refilled their quivers, tightened their bows and began to hit the target, adding nine points to the scoreboard, seven of those coming from Sanchez.
Then the chief sent in the young warriors for a chance at some battle experience. Kyle Brooks took the opportunity to impress La Veta fans with two of his effortless and sly three-point shots. The boy has got that shot down! Mountain Valley was able to add ten points to their score before La Veta shut them down and sent them home.
Sanchez was the top scorer of the game with sixteen points. Blake Warren was top rebounder with nine rebounds. The team continues to remain number one in the league with an 8-0 record.
The Redskins travel to Sargent tonight for a non-league game against the Farmers. Boys and girls Junior Varsity and Varsity teams will play with the JV girls beginning at 4 pm.
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