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Saturday's roundup: CSCS boys rally past Air Academy with late free throw
Highlights from Saturday’s action around the Pikes Peak region:
CSCS 48, Air Academy 47
At CSCS: Drew Wilbur sunk a free throw with 2 seconds remaining, and Pikes Peak 3A No. 1 Colorado Springs Christian (4-1) erased a late five-point deficit to send Air Academy (3-3) to its third loss in four games.
Wilbur, who led all scorers with 14 points, received a long inbound pass with 4.6 seconds left and drew a foul and he drove to the basket. He made the first one and intentionally missed the second.
CSCS, down 47-42 with 2:30 to go, rallied behind a Chris Hildenbrand layup off a steal and a 3-pointer by Austin Johnson that tied it with 1:20 left.
Air Academy, which was led by 11-point efforts from Gabe Gregory and Geno Bigelow, held the ball for the last shot.
The Lions have won four straight since a season-opening loss to Falcon.
“After the egg we laid in our first game, we’ve figured out what we needed to improve on” CSCS coach Mark Engesser said. “And it did. It’s worked out. It was a good week.”
Sand Creek 62, Greeley Central 50
At Greeley: Pikes Peak 4A No. 2 Sand Creek (6-0) stayed undefeated and won the Greeley Invitational behind 12 points apiece from Josh Smith and Tim Clemens and 11 from Dylan Clark.
Sand Creek outscored Wildcats (3-4) 26-14 in the second quarter to take a 41-23 lead into intermission.
Wasson 57, Fort Collins 50
At Fort Collins: DJ Hanes led all scorers with 23 points, and Gabe Ehrlin added 11 points and 12 rebounds as Pikes Peak 4A No. 3 Wasson (6-1) rebounded from its loss to Poudre on Friday by rallying in the fourth quarter to beat the Lambkins (3-4).
The Thunderbirds trailed 44-41 heading into the fourth quarter.
Vista Ridge 49, Canon City 46
At Canon City: Tyler Jackson scored 14 points and Aaron Johnson added 10 as Vista Ridge broke a four-game losing streak by holding off Canon City (3-5).
Logun Javernick led the Tigers with 13 points.
The Wolves led 18-3 after the first quarter and 25-9 at halftime but were outscored by 13 in the second half.
Mitchell 63, Denver North 37
At Mitchell: The Marauders (2-4) won their second straight after an 0-4 start as Diondre Scott scored 22 points, Torrean Abrams added 17 and Jamal Williams had 10.
Pueblo South 75, Harrison 64
At Harrison: Quincy Harding scored 25 points and Thomas Jackson added 21, but it wasn’t enough as Harrison (4-2) had its two-game winning streak snapped.
Peyton 54, Manitou Springs 33
At Manitou Springs: Pikes Peak 2A No. 1 Peyton (5-1) turned a three-point halftime deficit into a rout by outscoring Manitou Springs (1-5) 25-4 in the third quarter.
Ethan Abello poured in a game-high 29 points while Jared Watkins added 16 for the Panthers, who have won five straight after a season-opening loss to Lutheran.
Colorado Springs School 57, Cripple Creek-Victor 41
At Cripple Creek: Hunter Golden led all scorers with 22 points, and James Chen chipped in with 17 as Colorado Springs School (3-3) knocked off Cripple Creek-Victor (1-4).
Mountain Vista 79, Widefield 59
At Harrison: Brandon Branch scored a team-high 12 points, but Widefield (4-2) couldn’t recover from a swoon in the second and third quarters in which it was outscored 44-19.
TCA 62, ECA 34
At The Classical Academy: Ben Hooten poured in 18 points and Justice Sutton had 10 as TCA (2-2) won its second straight. The Titans raced out to a 20-10 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
ECA dropped its fourth straight and fell to 2-4.
Palmer 63, Fairview 44
At Boulder: Shanna Leaf filled out the stat sheet with 23 points, eight rebounds and four blocks as Pikes Peak 5A No. 1 Palmer (6-1) bounced back from its first loss with a win in the third-place game of the Fairview Festival.
Jenn Urbaniak added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Terrors, who led 31-17 at halftime but had the lead cut to two by the end of the third quarter.
“They got after it in the fourth quarter,” Palmer coach Dave Shackleford said. “It was a good bounce-back win for us.”
Grandview 68, Sand Creek 41
At Grandview: Pikes Peak 4A No.1 Sand Creek (4-3) fell in the championship game of the Grandview Invitational behind nine points each from Mikalya Reese and Oliana Squires.
After a 15-15 first quarter, the Wolves outscored the Scorpions 19-4 in the second quarter and never looked back.
Peyton 65, Manitou Springs 37
At Manitou Springs: Victoria Goodman scored a game-best 19 points and Shelby Patterson contributed with 14 as Pikes Peak 2A No. 3 Peyton (4-1) used a 24-4 run in the third quarter to power past 3A No. 3 Manitou Springs (2-5).
Meghan McGee led the Mustangs with 14 points, while Ali Thompson added 11.
Lewis-Palmer 38, Mitchell 21
At Lewis-Palmer: Meagan and Samantha Cook led a balanced scoring effort with seven points each as Lewis-Palmer (4-3) won its fourth straight game after an 0-3 start.
Mitchell (2-5), which was led by Erica Grove’s nine points, was limited to just three points in the second half.
The Classical Academy 39, Evangelical Christian 32
At TCA: Hannah Carr had a monster night, scoring 11 points and grabbing 18 rebounds, and Pikes Peak 3A No. 2 TCA (4-0) got out to a big lead and held off No. 2 2A ECA (5-1).
Abby Dorman hit three 3-pointers during a fourth-quarter rally that drew the Eagles to within four but got no closer.
Front Range Christian 39, Colorado Springs School 30
At Colorado Springs School: Colorado Springs School (4-2) had its three-game winning streak snapped despite a 14-point, 12-rebound effort from Leigh Griffiths.
The Kodiaks forged a tie at halftime but were outscored 22-13 in the second half.
Rampart 62, Bear Creek 44
At Lakewood: Macy Myers paced all scorers with 20 points as Pikes Peak 5A No. 3 Rampart (5-2) led from the opening tip. August Raskie added 10 for the Rams.
Vanguard 68, Elbert 15
At Vanguard: Angel McNulty and Bailey Haist led four scorers in double figures with 13 points each as Pikes Peak 2A No. 1 The Vanguard School (6-0) cruised. Cassandra Sulski and Caitlin Bower each scored 10 points for the Coursers.
James Irwin 46, La Junta 45
At James Irwin: Freshman Moriah Ceballes scored 22 points and Sariya Williams added 11, and James Irwin (3-4, 2-0 3A Tri-Peaks) used a late defensive stand to stay undefeated in league play.
“We were fortunate to get a defensive stop when they had the ball at the end,” Jaguars coach Robb Kelley said. “The real story was Moriah. She willed our team to victory by taking the ball to the hole. She’s having quite a season.”
Heritage 4, Pine Creek 1
At Littleton: Ty Smith scored off an assist from Riley Gregory for the only goal for Pine Creek (3-4), which was outshot 38-15. Conor Chemlka made 25 stops in relief of Zach Parker, who was pulled after allowing four goals in 13 shots through two periods.
Resurrection Christian 8, Lewis-Palmer 0
At Fort Collins: Lewis-Palmer (3-3) had no more success in the rematch of last year’s playoff encounter. The Rangers allowed four goals in the first 5:05.
Monarch 6, Rampart 0
At Superior: Rampart (0-4) allowed two goals in each period and was outshot 49-12 in the non-league setback. Brandon Seifert made 43 saves for the Rams.
Mountain Vista 13, Coronado 0
At Centennial: Coronado (1-4) managed just four shots and fell behind 5-0 in the first period.
Air Academy Tournament
At Air Academy: Coronado and Falcon each had three individual titlists. The Cougars were paced by Zeb Foster (195), Ryan Strabala (220) and Alex Rathbun (285). The Falcons had their victories from David Koellhoffer (145), Matt Bastian (152) and Will Sinnott (160).
Holy Family Tournament
At Broomfield: Corey Craddick (138) and Cameron Krautschun (160) led Colorado Springs Christian with titles, both winning by pins. Lions athletes Peter Huguenin (106), Jake Bedford (113) and Titus Hocking (132) all fell in their respective championship matches.
Brush Pre-Holiday Invite
At Brush: Florence’s Dillon Bellino claimed the title at 120 pounds, while fellow Huskies Jake Yslas (126) and Kevin Tuttle (285) both were defeated in the finals.
Heritage 43, Rampart 34
At Rampart: Aaron Roschke (113), Kaleb Edens (120), Christian Perkins (152) and Nicholas Durham (182) paced Rampart by pinning their opponents.