Thursday's roundup: Top-ranked Palmer pounds No. 3 Liberty in 5A girls' hoops
Highlights from Thursday's high school area sports scene.
Liberty 64, Palmer 54
At Liberty: A.J. Bohuslavsky had 17 points, and Pikes Peak 5A No. 2 Liberty (7-6, 1-1) used a 26-10 third quarter to erase a 23-20 halftime deficit.
Matt Love chipped in 13 and Brandon Wilburn 11 for the Lancers, who have won four of five.
Nathan Raak’s 13 points and 10 from C.J. Moore paced Palmer (1-13, 1-1).
Pikes Peak Christian 55, Fountain Valley 26
At Pikes Peak Christian: Jacob Bruner scored 22 points, and Mark Waters added 19 to lead Pikes Peak Christian (5-5) to its second consecutive win.
The 2A Eagles jumped out on the 3A Danes (3-6) early, taking a 21-6 lead after the first quarter. Pikes Peak Christian held Fountain Valley to two points in the third quarter and eight in the second half.
Brian Morse added 12 rebounds, with Chad Doxey grabbing 9 boards.
Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind 47, Southern Colorado Early College 44
At CSDB: Jacob Gilbreth scored 24 points, and Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind used a 14-6 third quarter to erase a 28-25 halftime deficit.
Zaine Bartram had eight points and Anthony Hernandez added seven for the Bulldogs (3-9), who have won two in a row.
Southern Colorado Early College (2-6) lost its sixth straight.
Palmer 71, Liberty 30
At Palmer: Jasmine Green scored 15 of her career-high 17 points in the first half, and No. 1 Palmer (13-2, 2-0 5A Metro) used a 27-6 second quarter to take a 43-15 halftime lead.
Shanah Leaf chipped in 16, Lensy Hardy had 15 and Jenn Urbaniak 14 for the Terrors.
Green, one of the team’s captains, finished two rebounds short of a double-double and earned the praise of her coach.
“It was probably her best game,” Palmer coach Dave Shackelford said. “She’s a captain, a good leader and is doing some good things right now.”
The Terrors have won five straight.
“We started out slow, but opened things up more in the second quarter,” Shackelford said. “We were coming off a big win against (No. 2) Rampart, and this was a good win for us.”
Amanda Dix had 12 points to lead Liberty (8-5, 1-1).
Widefield 39, Woodland Park 30
At Widefield: Despite giving up 12 points from forfeits at 106 and 113, Widefield rode five pins for a narrow dual-meet win in its home gym.
Warren Blake’s 21-second pin of Devin Stewart at 145 led the way for the Gladiators, who were also propelled by Jayme Wilson’s technical fall of Jake Morgan at 138.
Woodland Park stayed close thanks to a 47-second pin of Alex Beldiman by Josh Smith at 170 and a 49-second stoppage by Caelan Gardner in his 195-pound match against Widefield’s Tristian Sher. The Panthers won both of the night’s close matches, with Abraham Adair defeating Matt Hogue 11-7 at 132 pounds and Thomas Chisholm winning his 160-pound match against Sam Garner 11-6.
The Classical Academy 40, Colorado Springs Christian School 29
At The Classical Academy: Five forfeit wins were the difference for The Classical Academy, which also got a 15-8 win by Andrew Register over Titus Hocking at 138 and a 7-2 decision from Zach Johns over Cameron Krautschun at 160.
Colorado Springs Christian School’s Brian Follett won the match of the night, edging Jordan Birch 9-7 in their 120-pound tangle. A 10-3 win by Peter Huguenin over Jared Kemper at 113 helped the Lions stay close to the Titans, but the forfeits were too much.
Mesa Ridge 62, Cheyenne Mountain 15
At Mesa Ridge: Five pins and four forfeit wins propelled Mesa Ridge to the lopsided dual meet victory.
Andrew Stewart led the way, pinning the Indians’ J.B. Henry in 24 seconds in their 220-pound match, and Wyatt Becwar earned a tough 6-3 win over James McCowen at 160 in the first match of the night.
Cody Mattorano got Cheyenne Mountain on the board in the ninth match by pinning Leon Salazar-Sanchez 1:14 into their 120-pound match, and Matt McFadden pinned Devin Roettger in the first period at 138.
Cheyenne Mountain’s Bryan Zerr eked out a 5-4 decision over Derek Shreve at 132 pounds in the match of the night.
Trinidad 42, Ellicott 36
At Ellicott: Pins by Antonio Gitano at 132, Richard Pena at 138 and Brian Shaw at 220, along with forfeit wins at 106, 126 and heavyweight, propelled Trinidad.
Ellicott benefited from a trio of forfeit wins itself – at 152, 160 and 182 – and kept it close thanks to pins by 113-pounder Randy Munoz, Fabian Hermosillo at 145 and Blake Schainost at 170.
Florence 70, Manitou Springs 12
At Florence: Lightning-fast pins by Scott Sandoval at 152 and Sam Morgan at 182 highlighted an easy dual-meet win for Florence.
Sandoval pinned Billy Ryan in 23 seconds, with Morgan stopping Hayden Cramer in 31 seconds. Those were two of four pins for the Huskies, who won seven of the 14 matches by forfeit.
Ryan Carpenter pinned Chase Green in the second period of their 132-pound match, and Lucas Swanda pinned Derik Yeager in 53 seconds at 145 to help Manitou Springs avoid being shut out.
Manitou Springs 127, Wasson 49
At Manitou Springs: Led by freshmen Veronica Morin, Samantha White and Carrie Linhart, Manitou Springs won every individual event and swept the relays in the dual meet.
Morin won the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 19.54 seconds, took the 100 butterfly in 1:06.97 and was part of the victorious 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. White swept the 50 freestyle in 27.09 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:11.53 and was also part of the 200 and 400 free relay teams.
Linhart, whose older sister Hannah is a senior on the team, won the 200 IM in 2:47.75 and the 500 free with a time of 6:35.45 and was on the 200 free relay team. Senior Kelsey Seibel took the 100 free in 1:02.02 and was part of the 200 and 400 free relay teams.
Valor Christian 8, Liberty 0
At World Arena Ice Hall: Wiley Myrick and Caleb Vigil had two goals and an assist apiece to lead Valor Christian (8-3-1).
Josh Pena, Ian Parkin and Ryan Close each added a goal and two assists for the Eagles, who peppered Liberty goalie Alex White with 58 shots. Ben Joseph scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season to go along with an assist.
The Lancers (0-14-1) managed just 12 shots on net.