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Friday's roundup: Sammi Bost sparks No. 3 ECA past Simla in girls' basketball
Highlights from Friday’s high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Evangelical Christian Academy 47, Simla 42
At Simla: Sammi Bost nailed a season-high four 3-pointers in the third quarter to spark Pikes Peak 2A No. 3 Evangelical Christian past Simla in a pivotal Black Forest League matchup Friday night.
Bost (19 points) scored 12 of ECA’s 16 third-quarter points to help the Eagles (12-4, 5-1) take a 33-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
“It was close in the first half (17-16) and we played good defense but had terrible offense,” said ECA coach Bruce Beers. “We caught fire in the third and Sammy Boss hit four 3s. It was nice. We needed it.”
Abby Dorman chipped in with 15 points for ECA and the Eagles were able to hand Simla (14-2, 6-2) just its second loss.
Kenzi Mitchell had a team-high 15 points for the Cubs.
The win pushes ECA into a tie for second place in the Black Forest with No. 2 Peyton.
“We’re gaining confidence at the right time of the year,” Beers said. “We have played a tough schedule and we played pretty much all the tough teams in 2A.”
Sand Creek 73, Cheyenne Mountain 43
At Sand Creek: 4A No. 1 Sand Creek wrapped up the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference inaugural title with a week to play following its 30-point victory over Cheyenne Mountain.
Sand Creek (17-3, 12-0 PPAC) has defeated six opponents by 30 or more points this season.
Thirteen different players scored for the Scorpions, who opened up a 22-8 first-quarter lead.
Faatimah Dreher had 12 points for Cheyenne Mountain (2-19, 1-11). The Indians have lost 13 in a row.
Mesa Ridge 59, Woodland Park 13
At Mesa Ridge: Freshman Kylee Shook became Mesa Ridge’s all-time leader in blocked shots by blocking six more against Woodland Park to bring her career total to 156.
Shook did her part as well on the offensive side of the ball, putting up 22 points for the 4A No. 1 Grizzlies (21-0, 12-0 4A Metro).
The 6-foot-4 center is averaging 7.4 blocks per game and her 156 blocks is the most in Colorado.
No stats were reported for Woodland Park (3-18, 2-10).
The Vanguard School 84, Miami-Yoder 17
At Vanguard: 2A No. 1 Vanguard remained undefeated by surpassing Miami-Yoder with a season-high 84 points.
Cassandra Sulski (20 points), Angeleena McNulty (20 points) and Bailey Haist (18 points) helped the Coursers (17-0, 7-0 2A Black Forest) dominate Miami-Yoder (2-10, 0-6) by scoring 58 of Vanguard’s 84 points.
Haist, a 5-foot-7 point guard, dished out eight assists and registered six steals.
The senior leads the Black Forest League in points with 18.8 points, 7.2 steals and 5.1 assists per game.
The Buffaloes received eight points from Veronica Burney and have lost nine in a row.
Vanguard is holding opponents to 24.3 points per game.
Palmer Ridge 52, Air Academy 32
At Palmer Ridge: Michelle DeCoud’s double-double led 4A No. 3 Palmer Ridge past Air Academy at home in a 4A Pikes Peak League game.
DeCoud finished with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (18-3, 11-2).
Palmer Ridge has won five in a row.
Kassady Huffman had 14 points for Air Academy (11-10, 8-4).
Colorado Springs Christian School 47, Fountain Valley 40
At CSCS: Colorado Springs Christian School stormed out to a 15-7 first-quarter lead and used a 14-6 third-quarter performance to put enough distance between them and Fountain Valley in a 3A Tri-Peaks West game.
The Lions (4-13, 3-7) were able to hold off the Danes (1-14, 0-11), who got an inspiring effort from senior Delia Brekken (30 points). The senior shot 11-of-22 from the field and connected on 8-of-12 free throws. Despite Brekken’s effort Fountain Valley lost its 13th straight.
No stats were reported for CSCS.
Falcon 57, Lewis-Palmer 32
At Falcon: The Falcons kept their postseason hopes alive by defeating 4A PPAC opponent Lewis-Palmer.
Falcon improved to 8-13 and 5-7 in league play, while Lewis-Palmer falls to 9-12 and 4-8.
Coach Rick Susak credited his team’s defense for keeping Falcon’s playoff hopes alive.
“We had a lot of energy on defense and held them to six points in the first half. That effort kind of bled over to the offensive side," Susak said. “We then came out strong and scored 40 points in the second half.”
St. Mary’s 60, Pueblo Centennial 30
At St. Mary’s: 3A No. 1 St. Mary’s bounced back from last week’s nine-point loss to Trinidad by handling Pueblo Centennial in a 3A Tri-Peaks East game.
The Pirates (15-2, 11-2) burst out of the gate and led 18-3 after one quarter and 34-9 at halftime.
St. Mary’s received strong performances from KK Barta (12 points), Gabi Florek (11 points) and Nicole Niles (11 points).
Pueblo Centennial falls to 5-13, 3-10 in conference play.
Sierra 54, Harrison 44
At Harrison: Rebecca Cross’ double-double led Sierra past Harrison on the road in a 4A Metro League game.
Cross finished with 15 points and set season-highs in both rebounds (17) and blocks (5) to lead Sierra (15-6, 10-2) for its fourth consecutive victory.
Selina Barnes also had a double-double for the Stallions with 15 points and 11 steals.
No stats were reported for Harrison (11-10, 8-4).
Wasson 77, Widefield 66
At Widefield: 4A No. 2 Wasson clinched the 4A Metro League title by defeating league foe Widefield on the road.
DJ Hanes and Richie Perea each poured in 18 points to lead the T-Birds (20-1, 12-0) to their 15th consecutive victory.
Wasson overcame a 14-9 first quarter deficit by outscoring the Gladiators 29-17 in the second to take a 38-31 lead into halftime.
The T-Birds’ only loss this year came at the hands of Poudre on Dec. 14.
Widefield (15-6, 9-3) received valiant efforts in defeat from Dominic Howard (24 points) and Alan Herndon (17 points).
Lewis-Palmer 59, Falcon 38
At Lewis-Palmer: 4A No. 3 Lewis-Palmer flexed its muscle and ended Falcon’s five-game winning streak in a 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference game.
Jordan Scott continued his stellar play, producing his eighth consecutive game with 15 or more points by scoring 18 for the Rangers (18-3, 11-1). The senior entered the game averaging 18.8 points per game this year, third best in the Pikes Peak League.
No stats were reported for Falcon (12-9, 5-7).
Colorado Springs Christian School 70, Fountain Valley 9
At CSCS: 3A No. 1 Colorado Springs Christian School received points from nine different players in a 61-point rout of Fountain Valley.
Sam Howard led CSCS (15-2, 10-0 3A Tri-Peaks West) scorers with 18 points, while Nic Doherty and Drew Wilbur chipped in with 10 apiece.
The Lions are undefeated in 2013 and have won 11 straight since losing 67-34 on Dec. 20 to Widefield.
Griffin Shelor (five points) and Joe Celarelli (four points) combined for the Dane’s nine points.
Fountain Valley drops to 4-13 and 2-9 in conference play.
Dolores Huerta Prep 51, James-Irwin 49
At Dolores Huerta: 3A No. 2 James-Irwin has its first losing streak of the season.
For the second consecutive game the Jaguars (12-5, 10-3) suffered a heartbreaking defeat, losing by two points to Dolores Huerta (13-6, 11-3) in a 3A Tri-Peaks East matchup.
James-Irwin, which lost to St. Mary’s 59-58 on Feb. 8, has lost its last two games by a combined three points.
It was a reversal of fortunes for James Irwin after the Jaguars defeated the Scorpions 61-43 on Jan. 19.
No stats were reported for either team.
James-Irwin will look to get back on track in Saturday’s season-finale against Ellicott at 4 p.m.
Sand Creek 49, Cheyenne Mountain 37
At Cheyenne Mountain: 4A No. 1 Sand Creek bounced back from Tuesday’s 51-50 loss to Discovery Canyon by marching past Cheyenne Mountain on the road in a 4A PPAC game.
No stats were reported for either Sand Creek (19-1, 11-1) or Cheyenne Mountain (15-6, 7-5).
The Indians have lost four in a row after starting league play 7-1.
Coronado 61, Mitchell 46
At Coronado: Chandler Wilson came off the bench to score 20 points and grab eight rebounds to lead Coronado past Mitchell in a 4A Metro League game.
“He was our spark off the bench tonight and brought us some energy,” said Coronado coach Myles Johnson.
The victory ends Coronado’s (10-11, 6-6) three-game losing streak and brings the Cougars back to .500 in league play.
Torrean Adams provided Mitchell (5-16, 2-10) with a team-high 13 points.
The Classical Academy 40, Manitou Springs 36
At Manitou: The Classical Academy picked up a 3A Tri-Peaks West road victory in a close game against 3A No. 3 Manitou Springs.
TCA (11-5, 8-3) slipped past the Mustangs (11-8, 9-3) by outscoring Manitou 15-9 at the free-throw line and received 13 points from Ben Hooten and Jason Anderson.
The Titans avenged a 50-36 loss at the hands of Manitou on Jan. 22.
James Finsterwald had a team-high 11 points for Manitou on Friday night.
Sierra 46, Harrison 43
At Harrison: Sierra earned its 10th win of the season by winning a 4A Metro League game on the road.
The Stallions (10-11, 4-8) received 16 points from Carlos Tucker and have won four straight games.
Quincy Harding had a game-high 20 points for Harrison (10-11, 4-8).
Sargent 85, Cripple Creek-Victor 58
At Cripple Creek-Victor: Irelan Chris scored 22 but it was not enough as the Pioneers (3-12) lost a nonconference game.
No stats were reported for Sargent (11-7).
Air Academy 70, Palmer Ridge 63 (2OT)
At Palmer Ridge: Air Academy and Palmer Ridge battled back and forth in an entertaining double-overtime PPAC game.
John Sims helped Air Academy (9-12, 4-8) end a two-game losing skid with 24 points.
No stats were reported for Palmer Ridge (7-14, 1-11).
Lewis-Palmer 4, Palmer 3
At CSC East Rink: Lewis-Palmer extended its winning streak to three games as four different players found the back of the net.
Cam Fraser, Dmitri Smith, Adam Schaefer and Julian Claudio scored, and the Rangers (10-8-1, 8-5-1 Peak Conference) outshot Palmer (6-12-1, 4-9-1) 47-18.
Christian Kelly put up a great effort making a season-high 43 saves to keep Palmer in the game.
Tyler Elwell, Mason Lopez and Austin Lopez tallied third-period goals for Palmer.
Lucas Palonen made 15 saves for Lewis-Palmer.