Las Animas County schools kicked off their first week of the 2021 basketball season, boasting commanding wins and a strong start to the season.
The Primero Boys basketball team entered week one of basketball ranked sixth in the preseason poll and started their 2021 season 2-0.
The Bulldogs outscored their opponents 134 to 70 and check in at seventh after the week one coaches poll.
The Kim Lady Mustangs jumped out to a 2-0 start and showed defensive prowess holding both opponents to a combined 38 points. They enter week two ranked 11 in the CHSAA coaches’ poll.
And last but not least, in a late start Trinidad’s Mighty Miners are scheduled to kick off their season against the Sargent Farmers in home game play slated to be played in the Donnelly Gym this Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m.
On Wednesday Jan. 27, the Hoehne Farmers hosted the Las Animas Trojans for their first home season opener since before joining the TSJC Tournament.
Walking away from their first two games 2-0 and outscoring their opponents by a combined 65 points, the Farmers fell to the Center Vikings 57-32.
“We got beat by 25 against Center and they’re a good team don’t get me wrong, but it shouldn’t have been so easy for them,” said Hoehne head coach Jesse Price.
Entering their second week of the season the Farmers face another three-game week.
“It is always hard traveling to the valley and playing in that higher altitude, but we are going to go over there and try to bounce back on Tuesday,” said Price.
The Lady Farmers enter week two play 2-1 following a close five-point loss to the Sargent Farmers on Jan. 29.
“My girls are playing really hard, I am really pleased with that,” said Hoehne Head Coach Kent Smith. “Our defense kept us in the game at Sargent and it pretty much dominated Las Animas and Center.”
Defensively the Lady Farmers held all teams to under forty points per night, most of their opponents points however did not come from the field.
“The number one thing to work on is to reduce our fouls. Other than that, I am really pleased with what they are doing, I cannot really complain,” said Smith.
In their game against Center, over half of the Viking’s 35 points came from the free-throw line. While fouling out is not a concern for Smith who plays 10-11 girls every night, the statistic is a concern as competition picks up.
Boys: Hoehne 57 – Las Animas 29
Girls: Hoehne 51 – Las Animas 21
Boys: Hoehne 56 – Sargent 17
Girls: Sargent 38 – Hoehne 33
Boys: Center 57 – Hoehne 32
Girls: Hoehne 47 – Center 36
Hoehne — upcoming games
Feb. 4: Hoehne Farmers vs. Kim Mustangs (Girls only) at Hoehne
Feb. 5: Hoehne Farmers vs. Las Animas Trojans at Las Animas
Feb. 6: Hoehne Farmers vs. Swallows Spartans (Boys only) at Hoehne
The Kim Lady Mustangs are off to a hot start, opening their season 2-0 against Crowley County and Cheraw.
Feilding just six players due to injuries there is not a lot of rest time for the Lady Mustangs, but that has yet to be an issue.
“This weekend we played Cheraw. Overall, I felt we played pretty good. There are definitely things we can improve on but that is to be expected early in the season,” said Senior captain Sidney Goode.
Sharing the load in two games the Lady Mustangs have had three separate players in double figures, with senior A.J. Winford posting a double-double in their game against the Cheraw Wolverines.
“As for improvements I think we can focus on lowering our number of turnovers and improving our late game situations. Coach has always emphasized the last two minutes of the quarter as being the most important,” said Goode.
The Lady Mustangs will have their work cut out for them facing the Hoehne Farmers on Feb. 4, the Farmers defensive intensity will stand in stark contrast to the Lady Mustangs calculated offense.
The Kim Mustangs are off to a slower start dropping out of CHSAA rankings following a 1-1 start to the 2021 season.
Following a down to the wire, four-point nail-biting win against Crowley County, the Mustangs hosted the Cheraw Wolverines and struggled on their home floor.
“Last week was one of those nothing went right for us and then we could not get out of our own way. But it is early, and I would rather have that game now than at the end of the season,” said Kim Assistant Coach Ben Doherty.
In their loss to the Wolverines the Mustangs tallied only 25 points in four quarters, while the Wolverines piled on 57.
“We are going to tell the kids they need to go play, they were forcing and trying to make plays instead of letting the game come to them,” said Doherty.
On the Mustangs plate this week is ninth ranked 2A Holly Wildcats on Feb. 2, before they face the Manzanola Bobcats on Feb. 5.
Boys: Kim 60 – Crowley County 56
Girls: Kim 47 – Crowley County 14
Boys: Cheraw 57 – Kim 25
Girls: Kim 40 – Cheraw 24
Kim — upcoming games
Feb. 4: Kim Mustangs vs. Hoehne Farmers (girls only) at Hoehne
Feb. 5: Kim Mustangs vs. Manzanola Bobcats at Kim
The Primero Bulldogs are off to a red-hot start cruising past Walsh and Antonito to move to 2-0 in the first week of play.
Posting two dominant performances, the Bulldogs are focused on refining their play with their sights set on the state tournament.
“We are averaging way too many turnovers and we are making shots but we should be taking a better shot selection with this team,” said Head Coach Greg Robinson.
The Bulldogs look to sure up their offense and ball handling before they take the court against Custer County on Friday.
The Lady Bulldogs in their first season since 2018, are in their developmental stage, but Head Coach James Vigil is pleased with his team through their first game.
“We started out the season slow but the girls are determined. They are going to use that and play with a chip on their shoulder,” said Vigil.
Tallying just four points in the game was deemed a success by Vigil who was pleased to see his team on the scoreboard.
“We played some good defense, our offense was a little non-existent, but our defense was there,” said Vigil.
Still in its infancy, Vigil remains focused on developing basketball fundamentals for the years ahead in the program.
Boys: Primero 64 – Walsh 26
Boys: Primero 70 – Antonito 44
Girls: Antonito 54 – Primero 4
Primero — upcoming games
Feb. 5: Primero Bulldogs vs. Custer County Bobcats at Custer County
Feb. 6: Primero Bulldogs vs. Springfield Longhorns at Primero
The Trinidad Miners will kick off their season at Donnelly Gym at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 against the Sargent Farmers.