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Friday's roundup: Falcon shares the scoring wealth
Falcon 64, Vista Ridge 25
At Vista Ridge: Cassidy Budge scored 16 points and Janniqua Thomas 15, and transfer point guard Nikkita Lester had seven points, eight assists and nine steals in her second game since being activated for Falcon (6-7, 3-2 4A Metro League).
The Falcons held Vista Ridge (1-9, 1-3) to eight points in the first half.
“We played man-to-man full court and just pestered their guards,” Angie Heldstab said.
Every player on Falcon’s roster scored and the team dished out 17 assists.
“We just played unselfish basketball,” Heldstab said.
Vanguard 42, Calhan 34
At Calhan: 2A & Below No. 2 The Vanguard School (6-2, 2-0 2A Black Forest) hit its last six free throws to hold off a Calhan (6-2, 0-1) rally with 30 seconds remaining.
Cassandra Sulski went 4-for-4 from the line in the fourth and Bailey Haist hit her last two free throws for the Coursers. Haist scored a team-high 14 points and Angeleena McNulty notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Cheyenne Mountain 66, Mesa Ridge 55
At Cheyenne Mountain: Janae Vander Ploeg scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for a double-double, and Amanda Weber added 20 points, as 4A No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (7-4, 3-0 4A Metro) held off Mesa Ridge (5-7, 2-2).
Sara Walters scored 12 points, as the Indians took a commanding 51-31 lead into the final period.
Gabby Purnell led the Grizzlies with 13 points, and Taisha Woodyard added 10.
St. Mary’s 43, La Junta 18
At La Junta: Nicole Niles scored a game-high 13 points and six other players tallied for 3A No. 2 St. Mary’s (7-3, 3-0 Tri-Peaks East).
The Pirates held La Junta (3-6, 1-3) to single digits in every quarter.
Manitou Springs 52, Salida 17
At Manitou Springs: Pikes Peak 3A No. 1 Manitou Springs (10-0, 2-0 Tri-Peaks) cruised past Salida behind 31 points from Amelia Schofield.
The Mustangs shut out Salida 20-0 in the first quarter.
Ali Thompson and Erika Yost each added eight points for the Mustangs.
Elbert 47, Pikes Peak Christian 23
At Pikes Peak Christian: Elbert (8-0, 3-0 1A Black Forest) used a 22-6 first quarter to pull away early from Pikes Peak Christian (2-7, 1-3).
Logan Franek scored eight points, dished five assists, and had nine rebounds and eight steals for the Bulldogs. Taylor Upchurch led Elbert with 13 points, and Lauren Pearson scored a season-high eight points.
Evangelical Christian Academy 51, Colorado Springs School 32
At CSS: Three players scored in double figures for 2A & Below No. 1 ECA (8-0, 1-0 2A Black Forest), as the Eagles cruised past CSS (5-5, 0-2).
Abby Dorman scored a team-high 14 points, Lilly McIntire added 12 and Heidi Mann 10 for the Eagles.
Letizia Degradi scored a game-high 17 for the Kodiaks.
Doherty 59, Denver East 57
At Doherty: Doherty (11-1) topped Denver East (5-7) in a game that was tight throughout.
Sierra 54, Woodland Park 32
At Sierra: Makayla Davis scored a team-high 13 points to spark Sierra (9-3, 2-1 4A Metro) past Woodland Park.
Kasey Dixon added 11 and Selina Barnes 10 for the Stallions.
Sand Creek 36, Discovery Canyon 28
At Discovery Canyon: Sand Creek (7-4, 4-0 4A Metro) held Discovery Canyon (2-4, 0-1) to a combined 10 points in the middle quarters to key the win.
Discovery Canyon was led by Mel Benkert’s six points.
Palmer Ridge 65, Harrison 25
At Palmer Ridge: 4A No. 2 Palmer Ridge (9-0, 4-0 4A Metro) jumped out to a 21-4 lead on Harrison () and never looked back.
Jordan Bryan scored 14 and Amber Turner 11 for the Bears, who had eight players on the score sheet.
Harrison’s Lundyn Jackson scored a game-high 15.
Fountain Valley 46, Miami-Yoder 20
At Miami-Yoder: Delia Brekken outscored Miami-Yoder by herself, putting up 21 points for Fountain Valley (5-2, 1-0 2A Black Forest).
Kim Donaldson added 16, as the Danes held Miami-Yoder (0-7, 0-2) scoreless in the second and third quarters.
Both Brekken and Donaldson registered double-doubles, with Brekken grabbing 14 rebounds and Donaldson 10.
Florence 47, Highland 30
At Highland: Four Florence wrestlers won by pin to spur the Huskies past Highland in a dual meet.
Scott Sandoval (152 pounds), James Brown (182), Alberto Rodriguez (195) and Kevin Tuttle (285) all won by pin for Florence.
Cheyenne Mountain 48, Centennial 29
At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain posted seven pins in the Indians’ victory over Centennial in a dual meet.
Jimmy McFadden (145 pounds) and Jordan Holmes (152) each pinned their opponents in the first round for the Indians.
Nick Cimino (106), Mitch White (113), Bobby Amond (126), Matt McFadden (138) and Jeremy Grooms also won by pin.
Lewis-Palmer 74, Wasson 54
At Wasson: 4A No. 1a Lewis-Palmer (10-1, 4-0 Metro League) expected a physical test from Wasson (5-6, 2-2) and got it. But last year’s 4A semifinalists survived it.
“They really tried to do a good job of passing it in and taking (Josh Scott) away,” L-P coach Russ McKinstry said. “It made other guys step up.”
Scott notched a double-double with 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Justin Smith added 16 points.
L-P led just 18-15 after the first quarter, but started to pull away in the second, taking a 38-29 lead at the break.
Wasson had three players in double digits. Richie Perea scored a team-high 15 and DJ Hanes and Hakeem Stewart each scored 13.
“We knew they were going to come out and play us hard,” McKinstry said. “I thought we did a good job of handling their pressure. We really needed (that test). It’s one of those things that we still have to be able to get stops and we needed to see that. We can’t emulate that speed in practice.”
Manitou Springs 55, Salida 42
At Manitou Springs: 3A No. 2 Manitou Springs (10-1, 1-1 Tri-Peaks West) had three players combined for 34 points and held Salida (1-9, 0-2) to six points in the second quarter to pull away.
Chase Megyeri scored a team-high 12 points, and Aaron Malvern and Jesse Megyeri each scored 11 for the Mustangs.
CSCS 72, Buena Vista 38
At CSCS: Four players scored in double digits for 3A No. 1 Colorado Springs Christian School (9-0, 3-0 Tri-Peaks West), led by Nate Engesser’s 21 points.
Austin Johnson and Kyle Broekhuis each scored 11 for the Lions, and Reagan Chapman added 10 against Buena Vista (1-2, 2-8).
La Junta 66, St. Mary’s 56
At St. Mary’s: A 22-7 first-quarter lead for La Junta (7-4, 3-1 3A Tri-Peaks East) was too much for St. Mary’s (4-5, 2-1) in a battle of league leaders.
Daniel Padrnos scored a team-high 17 points for the Pirates.
Cripple Creek-Victor 54, Antonito 53
At Cripple Creek-Victor: Cripple Creek-Victor (2-6) edged Antonito (3-5) by one point.
Lewis-Palmer 5, Valor Christian 4
At Colorado Sports Center: Lewis-Palmer (5-4-0) took a 5-1 lead midway through the second period, then held on for the one-goal win over Valor Christian (5-4-0).
Andrew Clark scored two goals and an assist and Dustin Jones scored the eventual game-winner for the Rangers. Lucas Palonen stopped 25-of-29 shots in the win.