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Saturday's roundup: Sand Creek still perfect, beats top-tier Valor Christian
Highlights and scores from around the Pikes Peak area
Sand Creek 76, Valor Christian 61
At Sand Creek: Down seven after the first quarter, Sand Creek coach Joe Rausch looked at his team and said nothing.
“I knew they knew what they needed to do,” said Rausch, whose team is ranked second in the area and fourth in the state among 4A schools. “They’ve been doing it all season.”
Senior Josh Smith put another outstanding performance Saturday, scoring 32 points, and Langston Bell added 16 points off the bench as the Scorpions (16-0) remained perfect on the season.
It looked to be in jeopardy Saturday – briefly.
No. 3 Valor Christian (15-4) came out blazing from the field, after being embarrassed by 5A Rangeview 78-47 a week ago.
“They came out and were hitting everything,” Rausch said.
And by the end of the first, the Scorpions trailed 20-13. And that’s when Sand Creek turned it on – and then some.
Smith hit 13 field goals, including four 3s, and the Scorpions tamed the high-power Valor Christian offense for the remaining 24 minutes.
“Our defense was the key against them,” said Rausch, who stifled the Eagles and their boasted 76 PPG average. “Our defense has been our key all season.”
But after the win – Sand Creek’s 16th in a row -- Rausch knows his team can’t celebrate for long as the Scorpions host 4A state and area No. 1 Lewis-Palmer on Tuesday.
“It’s not hard to keep focus with them coming,” Rausch said.
Coronado 45, Sierra 42
At Coronado: Coronado guard Dante Fewell hit two free throws with 12 seconds remaining as the Cougars rallied from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to hand Sierra its third-straight loss.
“We had no superstar stats tonight,” Coronado coach Myles Johnson said, “everyone just chipped in.”
Chandler Robinson led the team with 10 points, while Tre Vaughn and Fewell added nine points apiece to give the Cougars (9-8 overall, 5-3 4A Metro) their third win in four games.
At times, it didn’t look like that would be enough.
Sierra’s Carlos Tucker scored a game-high 16 and Tytus Winters added 15, but the Stallions (10-7, 5-3) scored only two points in the final 2 minutes.
Harrison 64, Mesa Ridge 57 OT
At Harrison: Harrison overcame a dreadful third quarter, rallied in the fourth, and won its first overtime game of the season.
After trailing at half, Mesa Ridge (6-11 overall, 2-6 4A Metro) outscored the Panthers (9-7, 3-5) 17-4 in the third quarter to take a 43-38 lead into the fourth.
But Harrison regrouped and tied it at the end of regulation, before outscoring the Grizzlies 11-4 in overtime.
"I told my guys (after the third) quarter to check yourself," Harrison coach Al Blanc said. "They needed to naturally."
And they did.
Thomas Jackson scored 22, while Darrius Graves and Quincy Harding added 13 apiece as the Panthers slipped by.
Peyton 64, Pikes Peak Christian 29
At Pikes Peak Christian: Pikes Peak (6-7 overall, 1-4 2A Black Forest) was blown out from start to finish.
Peyton's Ethan Abello made sure of that, hitting four 3s on his way to game-high 22 points.
Chris Epps added 13 and the team's only other 3-pointer to help the No. 1 Panthers (12-2, 4-0), the area's No. 1 2A team, to their seventh win in a row.
Jacob Bruner scored a team-high 13 points for the Eagles.
James Irwin 51, Pueblo Centennial 50 OT
At James Irwin: James Irwin blew an eight-point fourth quarter lead, only to win a nail bitter in overtime.
Sophomore Dante Blackburn led the Jaguars with 17 points on 4-for-14 shooting. He also made 8-of-12 from the line.
St. Mary's 78, Ellicott 55
At St. Mary's: Alex Greenly scored 21 of St. Mary's points, and the Pirates (8-7 overall, 6-4 Tri-Peaks East) dominated the second quarter 22-5.
Robert Delfeld added 14 on seven two-point field goals.
Simla 50, Colorado Springs School 24
At CSS: CSS (4-9 overall, 1-3 2A Black Forest) has lost six of its past seven games.
Mesa Ridge 71, Harrison 23
At Mesa Ridge: Mesa Ridge freshman Kylee Shook had just another day at the office with her 11th double-double performance of the year.
And the No. 1 Grizzlies (17-0 overall, 8-0 4A Metro) did what they’ve been doing all season – winning.
Shook, a 6-foot-4 post, scored 17 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and swatted eight balls against Harrison (8-9, 5-3) that had won five of its previous six games.
Sammi Rudd added 11 points, six rebounds and six blocks in her two-plus quarters for Mesa Ridge.
The Panthers trailed 43-9 early in the third quarter.
Widefield 51, Mitchell 26
At Widefield:Widefield (6-10 overall, 4-3 4A Metro) hit six 3s and outscored Mitchell 35-15 in the second half of the rout.
Kelsey Scurek hit half of her team’s 3-pointers and Meaghan Mahoney added another pair from deep range for the Gladiators.
Evangelical Christian Academy 58, Calhan 33
At ECA: Sammi Bost hit five 3s and Abby Mann added another 18 points for the Eagles (11-3 overall, 4-0 2A Black Forest).
Riley Cookson scored a team-high 11 points for Calhan (7-5, 3-3).
Rampart wins Colorado Springs Metro League 5A Championships with 385 points
Other places: 2. Pine Creek 263; 3. Doherty 213; 4. Liberty 189; 5. Palmer 11; 6. Fountain-Fort Carson 64.
At Rampart: The host team won every relay to clinch the 5A CSML title.
The Rams also took home individual wins from Jessica Chen (50 freestyle), Julie Henninger (100 freestyle) and Kennedy Eilerman (100 breaststroke).
Pine Creek's Madison Cooper (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and Doherty's Sarah James (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke) took home two individual titles apiece.
Palmer's Taylor Walsh took the diving event with a score of 424.45.
And Carsen Glass won the 100 butterfly for Liberty.
Coronado wins Brighton Invite with 151.5 points
At Brighton: Coronado’s Trent Watson looks primed to take another state title, as he won another tournament title.
The transfer from Pine Creek rattled off three-straight pins in Saturday’s tournament and capped it off with a 20-4 tech fall in the 106-pound weight class.
Watson pinned his first three foes in a combined 2 minutes and 46 seconds.
Richard Cote won the Cougars’ another individual title. The returning-state qualifier won in straight matches after receiving a first-round bye.
Cherokee Trail finished second with 15 points, followed by Brighton with 136.5 points.
Thunder wins Discovery Canyon Invite
At Discovery Canyon: Some of the biggest competition in Colorado flexed it muscles Saturday at the Discovery Canyon Invite, and the Thunder didn’t flinch.
Discovery Canyon beat Broomfield (4A No. 1), Ponderosa (5A No. 3), Pueblo Central (4A No. 6) Montrose (4A No. 7) and Elizabeth.
Returning-state champs Steve Turner (132-pound weight class) and AJ Rees (120) both went undefeated, as did freshman Sam Turner (106) after five matches apiece.
But maybe the biggest win of the day for the Thunder came when returning-state qualifier Adrian Mack (170) beat the No. 1 4A wrestler in the state, Zach Stodden from Broomfield.
Thompson Valley wins the 2013 Les Mattocks/ Lincoln Invitational with 234 points
Area team places: 6. Falcon 93.50; 7. Air Academy 90.00; 13. Woodland Park 62.50; 20 Harrison 28.50; 24. Wasson 14.00.
At Lincoln:Air Academy’s Justin Petrash took home the area’s only tournament win Saturday.
In the 285-pound weight class, Petrash won a 4-3 decision in triple overtime over Chaparral’s Dane Drimmer.
For Falcon, Kevin Soulka (160) and Charlie Wallace (195) lost their finals matches, settling for second place.
Also in the finals, Woodland Park’s Jake Morgan was pinned in 3 minutes and 23 seconds. He also took home second place.
Mesa Ridge 62, Liberty 12
At Mesa Ridge:Mesa Ridge grabbed pins in its first three matches and won its first six.
Ruben Valdez (106 class) and Brandon Gonzalez (113) led it off with pins, and Andrew Stewart (220) ended the match with a pin in 38 seconds.
Josh Hartley (138) and Josh Burns (160) each tabbed pins for Liberty.
Broomfield 61, Palmer Ridge 15
At Palmer Ridge: Palmer Ridge's Tyler Thalhammer made quick work of his opponent in the form of a 47-second pin, but Broomfield won 10 of the 14 dual matches.
Adam Bryan had the other pin for the Bears -- his being in 1:36.
Air Academy 8, Bishop Machebeuf 1
At Bishop Machebeuf: Air Academy (12-3-1) wins in rout form.
Connor Nash sandwiched his two on both ends of the game, as the Kadets had 54 shots on net compared to Mishop Machebeuf's 15.
Air Academy's Travis Work added another pair of goals.