Wolverines split 3rd at IML Tournament

Bayfield girls rally to victory over Alamosa; BHS boys lose to Centauri, finish fourth

Alamosa was a most gracious host to the Bayfield Wolverines on Saturday.

Relegated to the Intermountain League Tournament third-place game after losing to state-ranked Pagosa Springs on Friday night in the conference semifinals, the Bayfield High School girls basketball team rallied for 17 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Mean Moose 45-38 on Saturday afternoon in Alamosa.

Bayfield held Alamosa to just two points in the first quarter, but the Wolverines scored just five of their own.

Alamosa led Bayfield 16-15 at halftime.

BHS put forth a much more consistent second half offensively with 13 points in the third quarter, then outscored the home team 17-16 in the final frame to lock up third place at the IML Tournament.

Jaida Ross led BHS with 17 points and 19 rebounds, and Haley Clarke pulled in 10 boards. Micaela Knickerbocker tallied 10 points.

“Our wins are always a team effort,” BHS head coach Ronnie Posey said. “Jaida did extremely well (Saturday), but you wouldn’t leave that game and think she’s the only factor.”

BHS (10-11, 3-7 IML) will learn its Class 3A postseason fate Sunday.

“Our record ... it is what it is, and you can’t say it’s unfair for sure, but right now, the two top teams in the state are in our league. ... We’re going to get a chance to go see how we do against other schools.”

Centauri 68, BHS boys 52

After host Alamosa knocked Centauri from championship contention, the Falcons took flight in the third-place game. Centauri followed up a 20-point first quarter with 25 in the second against the Bayfield High School boys basketball team, then held onto third place in the Intermountain League Tournament with a 68-52 victory Saturday in Alamosa.

Bayfield, which fought through a difficult 3-19 (1-9 IML) season, rallied with a spirited second half, outscoring the Falcons 18-12 in the third and 12-11 in the fourth.

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