Wednesday's roundup: Wasson boys basketball outlasts Falcon in OT
Highlights from Wednesday's high school action in the Pikes Peak region:
Wasson 55, Falcon 53 (OT)
At Palmer: Wasson (1-0) was able to outlast the Falcons in overtime thanks to 18 points from Richie Perea and 12 from both Monico Morin and Angel Lingao.
Wasson took an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter but went cold, getting outscored 12-4 to set up OT.
Chances Matlock was the only Falcon (0-1) player in double figures with 18 points and Nick Lenhard added nine.
Discovery Canyon 70, Kennedy 64
At Discovery Canyon: John Howlette had 18 points thanks to five 3-pointers and Brandon Nachbar added 16 to help Discovery Canyon avenge a loss from last year’s playoffs.
Andy Stauffer added 11 points for the Thunder (1-0), which lost by two points at Kennedy in the state tournament in the 2011-12 season.
“We were extremely balanced and had three guys in double figures,” Discovery Canyon coach John Paul Geniesse said. “We defended well and I think our length caused some problems for them and our kids knew it was going to take 32 minutes to win this game.”
Harrison 53, Castle View 46
At Harrison: Thomas Jackson had 17 points and Quincy Harding added 16 for the Panthers, who were able to counter the Castle View size with speed and pressure defense.
In what was a two-point game after three quarters, Harrison was able to do enough to walk away with an opening-night victory over a 5A team.
“This is a monumental win for us and I’m proud of the kids; they had a great work ethic,” Harrison coach Al Blanc said. “Our guard play was great; we pressured them full court all game to negate their size and we had great help-side defense from our guards.”
Doherty 53, Vista Ridge 25
At Vista Ridge: Shane Fox was the lone Spartan in double figures with 12 points and Matt Cavin and Eli Peterson each contributed eight points for 5A Doherty (1-0).
The Spartans opened up a 36-13 halftime lead and didn’t look back against the 4A Wolves.
Widefield 64, Canon City 37
At Widefield: The Gladiators (1-0) got double-digit scoring from four players and controlled play throughout. Alan Herndon had 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while Thomas Fluellen and Anthony Saunders each contributed 12 points and Jordan Phillips added 10.
Logun Javernick, 21 points, was the only player to score more than seven points for the Tigers (0-1), who fell behind 35-15 at the half.
Air Academy 82, Denver West 50
At Palmer: Bobby Davis led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds for Air Academy, which had six players in double-figure scoring. David Louthan had 16, Geno Bigelow and Gabe Gregory each added 11 and Devon Tang and Paul Fertig each had 10 points for the Kadets (1-0).
“We tried to keep a fast pace going, and since it was the first game of the season there was a lot of learning how to play defense,” Air Academy coach Barry Clark said. “Everyone played a lot and it was great to get the first one done with and get the jitters out of the way.”
The Kadets will play Palmer Thursday night.
Rock Canyon 68, Pine Creek 61
At Rock Canyon: No stats were provided.
Air Academy 57, Pine Creek 46
At Air Academy: The defending 4A state champs started the new season off on a good note, led by 12 points from both Kassady Huffman and Hayley Rhein.
The Kadets (1-0) took a nine-point lead into the half and expanded the margin to 48-33 by the end of the third quarter.
Katy Martyn led Pine Creek with 17 points and Kaelyn Schultz added 11 for the Eagles (0-1).
Liberty 46, Discovery Canyon 31
At Air Academy: Alex Rivas led Liberty (1-0) with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Amanda Dix added 13 points and four rebounds.
The Lancers outscored the Thunder 33-14 in the first and third quarters, which was the difference in the game.
Rampart 56, Lewis-Palmer 23
At Rampart: The Rams got 17 points from Megan Kavalec and used a suffocating defense to open the season with an impressive win.
After leading 12-10 after the first quarter, Rampart used a 14-1 second quarter and 13-4 third quarter to blow the game open.
Macy Myers had 10 points and five rebounds for Rampart, while Victoria Mondy added six points, 15 rebounds and six blocks.
Heritage 7, Liberty 2
At Sertich Ice Center: Alex McAfee and Andre Ogren each scored second-period goals for the Lancers (0-1), who trailed 3-2 after two periods.
Connor Crory scored twice for Heritage (1-0), including once in the four-goal third period.
Liberty goaltender Alex White made 32 saves, but the Lancers were outshot 39-25.