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Tuesday's roundup: Doherty wins thriller in boys' hoops
Doherty 60, Heritage 59
At Heritage: Doherty scored four points in the last 6 seconds, as Matt Bogans’ trick shot rattled in at the buzzer, giving the Spartans the dramatic road win Tuesday night.
“Everybody was just jumping around after,” Doherty coach James Lane said. “I talked to my guys after, and we talked about how this season has been about never giving up. And tonight, that’s exactly what it was.”
After Heritage hit a pair of free throws, Doherty senior Nelson Keith was intentionally fouled, meaning two free throws and the ball out of bounds.
So, down 59-56, Keith nailed his 17th and 18th points from the line to cut Heritage’s lead to one with 6 ticks remaining.
Shane Fox took the inbounds pass from the side, drove the lane - nearly lost it - before he kicked it out to Bogans on the perimeter. And with time dwindling, Bogans rushed in the lane, squeezing in only three dribbles, before he pulled up for a 5-footer.
He went up strong, with the ball arched over his head – but he didn’t shoot it then. Instead, on his way down, he dipped the ball below his waist and flipped the ball at the hoop.
It clanked around the iron, before sinking through the net.
“It was incredible,” Lane said. “I think at first he wanted to go for a floater, but the defender jumped right with him. So he got a little creative and kind of threw it under the defender. It rattled around, but it went in.”
Bogans ended his night with 18 points, as Doherty (8-4) won its third straight game.
Harrison 75, Mitchell 62
At Harrison: Junior Quincy Harding pounded Mitchell (3-9 overall, 0-3 4A Metro) with five 3-pointers on his way to 33 points Tuesday night.
Harding went 8-for-12 for the field and 5-for-9 from 3-point range. He also knocked in 12 of his 14 free throws.
Tuesday marked his third straight performance with at least 20 points. Alongside his performance, senior Anthony Deshazor added 14 for Harrison (7-4, 1-2).
Diondre Scott led the Marauders with 17 points.
Wasson 68, Coronado 55
At Wasson: DJ Hanes scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Wasson rolled to its sixth straight win.
Larenz Stalcup and Gabe Ehrlin each added 10 points for the Thunderbirds.
Wasson (11-1 overall, 3-0 4A Metro) outscored Coronado (5-6, 1-2) 21-7 in the first quarter.
The Cougars gave up a season-high 68 points to the Pikes Peak 4A No. 3 Thunderbirds.
Lewis-Palmer 63, Falcon 51
At Falcon: Jordan Scott scored 22 points as Lewis-Palmer (10-2 overall, 3-0 Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) won its third straight game.
The area’s top-ranked 4A team hosts Cheyenne Mountain on Friday.
Falcon’s Nick Lenhard scored 13 points and had four of the Falcons’ six assists.
Falcon (7-5, 0-3) has lost four in a row.
Discovery Canyon 55, Vista Ridge 48
At Vista Ridge: Discovery Canyon’s Andy Stauffer had an off night with only three points, but it didn’t make much difference.
Brandon Nachbar hit three 3s and scored 27 points for the Thunder.
Discovery Canyon (11-1, 3-1 PPAC) remains with only one blemish this season, a loss to Lewis-Palmer.
Vista Ridge (3-8, 0-3) was led by Avante Nelms and his 17 points.
The Wolves have lost four in a row.
Widefield 51, Mesa Ridge 38
At Widefield: Widefield’s Anthony Saunders scored 16. Alan Herndon scored 15 and grabbed 12 rebounds. And luckily, the Gladiators (8-4 overall, 2-1 Metro) stumbled to the final buzzer with a win.
Widefield shot 13-for-28 from the line.
“We were really bad from the line,” Widefield coach Brent Garretson said. “Terrible actually.”
Garretson said his team fought hard, but mental lapses like the ones they had Tuesday night, will hurt them down the line.
“We need more consistency than that,” he said.
Mesa Ridge (5-6, 1-2) has lost back-to-back games.
Palmer Ridge 53, Air Academy 52
At Air Academy: Palmer Ridge (4-6 overall, 1-3 PPAC) rallied in the fourth to break its four-game losing streak.
Air Academy (6-5, 1-2) led 27-18 at half, and 38-34 after three quarters.
David Louthan scored 12 points and grabbed five boards for Air Academy in the losing effort.
Pikes Peak Christian 59, Miami-Yoder 32
At Pikes Peak Christian: Coming off two bad losses over the weekend, Pikes Peak Christian closed Tuesday’s game with authority.
The Eagles (4-5 overall, 1-2 2A Black Forest) outscored Miami-Yoder (0-6, 0-1) 18-3, as football star Wade Crews led all scorers with 17 points.
Sophomore Mark Waters added 16 points and Jacob Burner threw in 13.
Pikes Peak Christian shot 51 percent from inside the arc.
Colorado Springs Christian 56, The Classical Academy 39
At CSCS: In front of the home crowd, Austin Johnson scored 13 as the Lions (7-2 overall, 2-0 Tri-Peaks West) won their third-straight game.
TCA’s Ben Hooten hit three 3’s on his way to 11 points. The Titans (6-3, 3-1) dropped their first game since Dec. 7, when they lost to Peak to Peak 70-49.
Calhan 71, Byers
At Calhan: Garrett Balsick scored 22 points in a game that feature all Calhan (4-2).
Jerrod Crook added 17 points for the Bulldogs.
Sand Creek 61, Cheyenne Mountain 35
At Cheyenne Mountain: Freshman Liah Davis scored a career-high 20 points on 10-for-15 shooting for Sand Creek (8-3 overall, 3-0 PPAC).
Davis didn’t attempt a 3-pointer or free throw for the second-ranked 4A team in the area.
Mikayla Reese added 10 points and six steals for the Scorpions, who have won four straight.
Cheyenne Mountain fell to 2-7, 1-1.
Mesa Ridge 61, Widefield 36
At Mesa Ridge: Mesa Ridge's Kylee Shook was one point away from a triple-double the hard way.
The freshman had nine points, 11 rebounds and 13 blocks as the Grizzlies (12-0 overall, 3-0 4A Metro) remained perfect.
Mesa Ridge, the area's best 4A team and the No. 9 team in the state, snapped a three-game win streak for Widefield (4-8, 2-1).
Lewis-Palmer 45, Falcon 37
At Lewis-Palmer: Lewis-Palmer's Alexa Smith had three 3s on her way to 13 points, as the Rangers (6-6 overall, 1-2 PPAC) handed Falcon (3-9, 0-3) its seventh straight loss.
Nikki Oliphant had a team-high nine points for the Falcons.
Palmer 67, Valor Christian 39
At Palmer: Shanah Leaf scored 19 points for Palmer (9-2) in the rout.
Jenn Urbaniak added 14 points, eight rebounds and five steals for the Terrors.
Seven of Palmer’s nine wins have come in double-digit fashion.
Manitou Springs 59, Fountain Valley 30
At Fountain Valley: The new year has been kind to Manitou Springs (6-5 overall, 4-0 3A Tri-Peaks West).
Tuesday, the Mustangs remained undefeated in 2013 by winning their fourth straight game.
For Manitou Springs, Ali Thompson led all scorers with 16 points and Meghan McGee added 14, which included hitting two of the Mustangs’ three 3s.
Sophomore Clare Hamilton scored eight points and dished out five assists for Fountain Valley (1-5, 0-3).
Rampart 64, Douglas County 36
At Douglas County: Falcon-transfer Cassidy Budge shined with 14 points and five rebounds.
Macy Myers added 10 points for Rampart (8-5).
Sierra 36, Woodland Park 25
At Woodland Park: Sierra senior Cyndie Watkins scored 10 points in a low-scoring slugfest.
The Stallions (6-4 overall, 2-1 4A Metro), who lost to Mesa Ridge on Saturday, hasn’t lost back-to-back games all season.
Woodland Park (2-10, 1-2) was led by Shannon Bingen’s 10 points.
Discovery Canyon 166, Air Academy 149
At Air Academy: Discovery Canyon has a powerful core.
Juniors Emily Hand and Lauren Funk, along with seniors Kelsey Oettinger and Sarah Oldach, are making noise for the quickly emerging Thunder.
Tuesday, Oldach won the shortest event, touching the wall in the 50 freestyle in 26.31 seconds. And Oettinger won the longest event, the 500 freestyle, in 5:40.43.
But the Fabulous Four weren't done.
Oettinger added another win with a comfortable victory in the 200 individual medley (2:25.68).
Then, Hand won the 200 freestyle in 2:06.65 and followed it with another in the 100 backstroke (1:04.83). Funk won the 100 breaststroke by less than 1 second en route to the Thunder winning 10 of the 12 events.
Air Academy’s Samantha Steigerwald led the Kadets in their 200 freestyle relay. Individually, she won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.38.
But the day belonged to Discovery Canyon.
To kick off the dual, Hand, Funk, Oettinger and Oldach led the 200 medley relay to a win in 1:59.77.
Pine Creek 115, Palmer 71
At Palmer: Esther Choi and Taylor Fogg each won two events for Pine Creek.
Choi won the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley, while Fogg won the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke.
Palmer’s Taylor Walsh won the diving event with a score of 229.50.
Manitou Springs 105, Salida 61
At Manitou Springs: Veronica Morin and Samantha White each linked their name to four Manitou Springs wins Tuesday.
Individually, Morin won the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle with two 4A state-qualifying times. In the 200 she swam a 2:25.90 to beat the field by more than 24 seconds. Then in the 500, Morin won by more than 53 seconds over the rest of the field, hitting the wall at 5:46.00.
Her teammate, White, had much tighter races. In the 50 freestyle, White won with a time of 26.65. And in the 100 freestyle, White won in 59.24.
In relays, Morin and White were a part of the winning 200 IM and freestyle relays. Morin led off the IM and anchored the free, while White anchored the free and led off the IM. Both relays qualified for state with their times Tuesday.