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Thursday's roundup: F-FC boys surging in league play
Fountain-Fort Carson 49, Doherty 40
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Fountain-Fort Carson’s Davis brothers – Anthony and Al - combined for 19 points, as the Trojans (10-6 overall, 4-0 5A Metro) hit six 3s Thursday to remain perfect in league.
Meanwhile, Doherty (10-7, 1-2) dropped its second conference game.
“It was a physical game. The refs let them play,” Fountain-Fort Carson coach Greg Williams said. “We had some chances to open it up, but Doherty is big and physical. They made it tough.”
Especially Spartans junior Shane Fox.
Fox scored a game-high 21 points to notch his third 20-plus point game in four tries. The 6-foot-3 forward hit eight of Doherty’s 14 shots from the field.
Fountain-Fort Carson, the Pikes Peak 5A No. 1 team, also won the battle from the free-throw line. The Trojans hit 9-of-14, while the Spartans missed 9-of-15.
Widefield 58, Harrison 50
At Widefield: Widefield senior Alan Herndon scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to propel the Gladiators to their fourth win in five games.
It was Herndon’s third double-double of the season.
After the first quarter, Widefield (11-5, 5-2 4A Metro) held the 21-7 lead over suddenly slow-starting Harrison (8-7, 2-5), which scored only 1 point in the first against Sierra on Jan. 22.
Quincy Harding and the Panthers rallied in the second quarter to pull the deficit to 29-24 at the half.
Harding hit six 3s and scored a team-high 19 points, but it wasn’t enough.
One telling stat - Widefield dominated Harrison from the line. The Gladiators went to the line 15 times and hit nine of those. The Panthers meanwhile made all of their free throws, but only attempted three on the night.
Coronado 54, Woodland Park 48
At Coronado: Coronado coach Myles Johnson will take a league win anyway he can get it.
Even when it’s not pretty.
“(Thursday) was an ugly game for us,” said Johnson, whose team rallied in the fourth after blowing a halftime lead. “But you’ll take a league win whenever you can get one.”
Trey Vaughn scored 16 and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Cougars (8-8, 4-3 4A Metro), while Titus Rice scored 11 of his 15 in the fourth quarter to hand Woodland Park (6-10, 2-5) its fourth loss in five games.
The Panthers knotted the game at 39-apiece after trailing by eight at half, but were outscored by six points in the fourth.
Woodland Park’s Jacob Censner scored a game-high 19 points.
Pine Creek 56, Palmer 44
At Pine Creek: Pine Creek (7-10, 2-2 5A Metro) pulled away in the second half for its second-consecutive win.
Palmer (2-14, 1-2) trailed 22-20 at half.
C.J. Moore scored 16 points for the Terrors.
Mesa Ridge 61, Mitchell 25
At Mitchell: Class 4A top-ranked Mesa Ridge hasn’t been in a close game since December.
And 6-foot-4 freshman Kylee Shook made sure the trend continued.
Shook posted her fourth triple-double of the season against Mitchell with 14 points, 21 rebounds and 12 blocks.
Supporting her was Ifti Dunne, who added 14 points, as the Grizzlies (16-0, 7-0 4A Metro) remained perfect on the season.
The Marauders (5-11, 2-5) have scored fewer than 30 points in their past three games.
Sierra 83, Wasson 30
At Sierra: Sierra’s Kanecia Cooks dominated the paint while the rest of her Stallions teammates made good everywhere else.
Cooks scored 14 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and totaled seven blocks as Sierra (10-5, 6-1 4A Metro) plastered Wasson (2-13, 0-7) Thursday night.
Senior Selina Barnes also had an out-of-this-world stats night for Sierra, putting up 18 points, 15 steals and seven assists. And teammate Desalia Fuller hit four 3s and scored 14 points.
The Thunderbirds’ last win came Dec. 14 against Community Christian.
Coronado 41, Woodland Park 33
At Woodland Park: Coronado (5-11, 3-4 4A Metro) is starting to turn things around.
The Cougars have won two of three, while dropping their game Jan. 25 to Harrison by the slimmest of margins, 44-43.
Elin Saxon scored 12 for Woodland Park (2-14, 1-6), but the Panthers never recovered after Coronado outscored them 15-4 in the second quarter.
Harrison 50, Widefield 38
At Harrison: Harrison’s Elena Martinez scored 19 and DeAijah Pailk added 15 in the Stallions’ fifth win in six games.
Harrison (8-8, 5-2 4A Metro) totaled 25 steals.
Widefield (6-10, 4-3) trailed 34-17 at half.
Falcon 54, Palmer 23
At Falcon: Falcon’s Soulka brothers breezed to wins, as the Falcons snared six pins over Palmer.
In the 160-pound weight class, Kyle Soulka, who placed fifth last year in the state tournament at 160, won by an 18-3 tech fall over the Terrors’ Grant Matthews early in the third round.
Meanwhile, his brother Cody (152), who was also a state qualifier last season, pinned Palmer’s Tavares Waldner in 2:31.
On the other side, brothers Ryan (145) and Andrew (132) Pellow grabbed the only pins for the Terrors.
Dolores Huerta 52, St. Mary’s 12
At St. Mary’s: James Bernal (132) and Julian Gallegos (152) grabbed first-round pins, as Dolores Huerta cruised.
St. Mary’s only win on the mat came when Cannon Willie (195) pinned Beau Garcia in 3:13. The Pirates’ only other points came by forfeit.
Florence 48, Colorado Springs Christian 27
At CSCS: Florence's Scott Sandoval pinned CSCS wrestler Robert Anderson in 1:30 as Florence rolled.
Connor Craddick had the night's quickest pin in 47 seconds for the Lions.
Canon City 52, Pueblo West 26
At Pueblo West: Canon City had five pins in the heaviest classes as the Tigers dominated.
Tommy Dexter (170) and Blake Repshire had the quickest pins of the night for Canon City in 1:02 and 1:12, respectively.
Buena Vista 45, The Classical Academy 24
At TCA:TCA won the first three matches (106-120 class), before losing eight of the next nine (132-220).