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Thursday's roundup: Palmer girls' hoops drops first game
Broomfield 46, Palmer 40
At Palmer: Pikes Peak 5A No. 1 Palmer trailed Broomfield by one heading into the fourth, but couldn't catch up.
Broomfield shot only 38 percent in the victory, but it was enough, as the Eagles handed the Terrors (5-1) their first loss of the season.
CSCS 33, James Irwin 30
At CSCS: CSCS came back and stole its first win of the season.
Ryley Hoekert scored a team-high 10 points, as her Lions (1-4) outscored James Irwin (2-4) 12-2 in the fourth quarter to sneak out a victory.
Moriah Ceballes hit three of the Jaguars’ four 3s and led all scorers with 17 points.
James Irwin led 28-21 heading into the final frame.
Sand Creek 61, Cherokee Trail 16
At Cherokee Trail: Sand Creek coach Jamie Carey brought a defensive mindset with her when she took over the team at the beginning of last season.
Sure enough, it led to a surprising quarterfinals appearance.
The defense is back … and then some.
The Scorpions (4-2) shut out Cherokee Trail in the fourth quarter, as they’ve held its foes to a combined 35 points in the past two games.
Legacy 48, Air Academy 31
At Legacy: The Kadets (3-4), who sport only one senior this season, lost their fourth game in five tries Thursday.
Air Academy had eight seniors last season.
Elizabeth 60, Vista Ridge 40
At Elizabeth: After winning its first three, Vista Ridge (3-3) dropped its third straight.
The Wolves shot 30 percent from the field, including 13 percent from deep.
Vista Ridge will try and squash its losing streak when it faces Cañon City (5-2) Saturday.
Harrison 52, Grand Junction Central 41
At Harrison: Harrison shot 42 percent from 3-point range, hitting 8-of-19, as the Panthers opened their own tournament with a win.
Thomas Jackson led the fireworks display, shooting 4-for-6 from deep for Harrison, totaling a game-high 17 points on the night.
Anthony Deshazor added 11 points with three 3s, while Quincy Harding and Linford Ocloo each added 10 points for the Panthers.
Friday, Harrison (3-1) faces Smoky Hill in the second round of the tourney, while Grand Junction Central is matched up with Coronado (2-2).
Pueblo West 63, Coronado 49
At Harrison: Titus Rice hit three 3s and scored a team-high 16 points in Coronado’s opening-game loss in the Harrison Tournament.
Rice leads the team in scoring after four games, averaging more than 17 points a contest.
Thursday, Luke Brown added 12 points and Joey Dugan grabbed six rebounds for the Cougars (2-2).
Pueblo West (1-2), which came into the game winless, outscored Coronado by a combined tally of 25-10 through the second and third quarters.
Widefield 76, Smoky Hill 64
At Harrison: Widefield scored a season-high 76 points in the first round of the Harrison Tournament.
Up next, the Gladiators (3-1) will face Pueblo South, as the tourney continues Friday.
Sand Creek 70, Greeley West 65
At Greeley: Sand Creek (4-0) remained undefeated with a nail-biting win in the first round of the Greeley Invitational.
It was the Scorpions' first close game of the season. Previously, they'd been averaging 20-point wins.
Friday, Sand Creek faces Fruita-Monument in the second round of the invite.
CSCS 76, James Irwin 29
At James Irwin: CSCS coach Mark Engesser doesn’t have the scorers he had last year.
His son, Nate, who scored more than 23 points per game last season, is off playing at DU. Kyle Broekhuis, who added more than 14 points per game, has also graduated.
But Thursday, the Lions (3-1) looked to old form, scoring 29 points above their season average in a rout over the Jaguars (3-2).
For CSCS, last season’s under-the-radar-player Drew Wilbur has stepped up as the team’s leading scorer through four games, averaging more than 15 per game, including a season-high 19 Thursday.
James Irwin, that hadn’t been held under 50 through its prior four games, was held to 10 second-half points against the Lions.
Dante Blackburn led James Irwin in scoring with only eight points.
Discovery Canyon 99, Coronado 87
At Coronado: Discovery Canyon senior Kelsey Oettinger won two individual events and anchored another, as the Thunder edged out a victory.
Individually, senior Oettinger won the 200 freestyle in 2 minutes, 8 seconds, followed by another win in the 100 free in 58.64.
In the final event of the day, Oettinger anchored the 400 free relay, as the Thunder’s relay edged Coronado by 3:54.51 to 3:55.83 to clinch the meet.
Meanwhile, Emily Hand helped the Thunder’s cause with two relay wins and a convincing 7-second win in the 200 individual medley at 2:26.63.
For Coronado, senior Allie Jacobs won the 100 butterfly in 1:00.90 and the 500 free by more than 20 seconds in 5:33.57.
Kaydee Valliere won the diving event for the Thunder with a score of 209.35.
Peyton 39, Ellicott 30
At Peyton: Peyton junior Richard Lancaster is building on his reputation in the wrestling community.
Last year, Lancaster was an all-area honorable mention after making it to state.
Thursday, in the 170-pound weight class, he pinned Ellicott’s Blake Schainost in 1:30 in the Panthers’ dual win.
Kevin Mestas added another six points for Peyton after pinning Sebastian Chandler in 1:12.
For Ellicott, Rual Morales pinned Mike Dillonaire in 1:53.
Widefield 72, Harrison 12
At Widefield: Widefield is young, carrying only three seniors on the roster.
But Thursday it flexed its muscles over Harrison.
Last season’s state qualifier Jayme Wilson forced a pin in 1:15 for the Gladiators.
Woodland Park 60, Mitchell 19
At Woodland Park: Mitchell sophomore Abram Arreguin forced a pin in 2:50 in the 106-pound weight class, as the Marauders won four of 14 matches.
Arreguin finished 29-8 last season as a freshman.
Mitchell senior captains Caleb “Chip” McElfresh and Nick Shopp added a 7-1 decision and a 58-second pin, respectively.