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Tuesday's roundup: Wasson boys' hoops spreads scoring in win over Widefield
Wasson 81, Widefield 50
At Wasson: Widefield decided to use a box-and-one defense on Wasson threat DJ Hanes. As 13 other teams found out this season, it didn’t work.
Hanes scored a game-high 18 points and three other players were in double digits as the Pikes Peak 4A No. 3 Thunderbirds (14-1, 6-0 Metro League) broke loose in the second half to blow out the Trojans (9-5, 3-2).
The Thunderbirds clung to a five-point lead heading into the locker room, leading 28-23. The second half was a different story, as Wasson scored 24 in the third and 29 in the fourth.
“Everybody else was kind of off in the beginning,” Wasson coach Damion Copeland said. “We put a lot of pressure on them defensively in the second half. Once we got running, it was a done deal.”
Richie Perea and Angel Lingao each scored 13 and Dominic Garcia added 12 for the Thunderbirds, who haven’t lost since Dec. 14, a run of eight consecutive wins.
“We can’t do it individually, we have to do it as a team,” Copeland said. “They’re starting to embrace that.”
Wasson hosts Mesa Ridge on Friday before a showdown with Sierra (unbeaten in league) Jan. 31.
“We know what our goal is,” Copeland said, “but we focus on who is in our way that day.”
Sand Creek 75, Discovery Canyon 64
At Sand Creek: A productive bench allowed 4A No. 1 Sand Creek to remain unbeaten with a win over Discovery Canyon (12-2, 3-2 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference).
“Our bench was awesome tonight,” Sand Creek coach Joe Rausch said after his team improved to 12-0 overall and 5-0 in league play.
Reserves Langston Bell and Tyler Patterson had 10 and nine points, respectively, for Sand Creek. Josh Smith led the Scorpions with 19 points and Bryan Jenkins added 11.
Discovery Canyon held Sand Creek to just six points in the first quarter, but the Scorpions answered with 22 in the second and cruised from there.
“For whatever reason we’ve become a team over the past month that gets out to a slow start,” Rausch said. “A lot of it had to do with Discovery Canyon; they were really aggressive.”
Brandon Nachbar led Discovery Canyon with 24 points.
Fountain-Fort Carson 51, Liberty 47
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Fountain-Fort Carson (7-6) overcame a 10-point third-quarter deficit to defeat 4A No. 2 Liberty (6-6) in the 5A Metro League opener for both teams.
Trailing by double digits, 5A No. 1 F-FC roared back to finished the third quarter down 38-37.
“We just kind of clamped down defensively and the turnovers went our way,” Trojans coach Greg Williams said. “We started coming back and nicked the lead away.”
A 15-10 fourth quarter completed the comeback.
Alexander Davis led the Trojans with 15 points, while Jordan Rhodes added 14 and Anthony Davis 13.
Garet Bohuslavsky led Liberty with nine points.
Lewis-Palmer 67, Air Academy 48
At Lewis-Palmer: Jordan Scott went 16-of-18 from the foul line en route to 30 points to lead 4A No. 2 Lewis-Palmer (12-2, 5-0 4A Pikes Peak) over Air Academy (6-8, 1-4).
Tyler Owens added 13 points for the Rangers.
David Louthan led Air Academy with 12 points.
Coronado 77, Mitchell 59
At Mitchell: Titus Rice scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter to propel Coronado (7-7, 3-2 4A Metro) past Mitchell (3-11, 0-5).
Behind Rice, the Cougars led 25-16 after one quarter and 40-26 at the half.
Trey Vaughn recorded a double-double for Coronado with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Aaron Cooley led five Mitchell players in double digits with 14 points. Those five accounted for all but one of the Marauders’ points.
Cheyenne Mountain 69, Falcon 61
At Falcon: Ghassan Nehme scored 25 points to lead Cheyenne Mountain (11-2, 3-2 4A Pikes Peak) over Falcon (7-7, 0-5).
Nehme, a junior, is averaging 21.3 points per game this season.
Chances Matlock led Falcon with 14 points.
Manitou Springs 50, The Classical Academy 36
At TCA: Chad Sienknecht scored 21 points to lead Manitou Springs (7-6, 5-1 3A Tri-Peaks West) over 3A No. 3 TCA (6-4, 3-2).
Sierra 61, Harrison 39
At Sierra: A 20-1 first quarter set the stage as Sierra (10-4, 5-0 Metro League) knocked off Harrison (7-6, 1-4).
By halftime, the Stallions had increased the margin to 36-11.
Quincy Harding led Harrison with 16 points.
No stats were provided by Sierra.
Colorado Springs Deaf & Blind 57, Edison 52
At CSDB: Jacob Gilbreath scored 23 points to lead CSDB (2-9, 1-2 1A Black Forest) over Edison (4-5, 1-1).
Aaron Kellogg added 10 points for the Bulldogs.
Mesa Ridge 65, Woodland Park 27
At Mesa Ridge: Mesa Ridge (6-7, 2-3 4A Metro) outscored Woodland park (5-9, 1-4) 30-7 in the first half and coasted to the victory.
Mesa Ridge 45, Woodland Park 16
At Woodland Park: Mesa Ridge remained unbeaten with an impressive defensive effort against Woodland Park (2-12, 1-4 4A Metro).
The 4A No. 1 Grizzlies improved to 14-0 overall and 5-0 in league play.
Sami Rudd had 11 points, 10 rebounds, six blocked shots and eight steals while playing only three quarters for the Grizzlies. Kylee Shook also had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Gizzlies, while Ifti Dunne added 10 points.
Widefield 74, Wasson 19
At Widefield: Meaghan Mahoney scored 19 points as Widefield (6-8, 4-1 5A Metro) routed Wasson (2-9, 0-4).
The Galdiators led 16-2 after one quarter and 37-7 at halftime.
Brea’sha Short added 14 points for Widefield, while Kelsey Scurek had 12.
Palmer 60, Rampart 39
At Rampart: The Gazette’s 5A No. 1 team won its 5A Metro opener with a victory over Rampart (8-6, 0-1).
Palmer improved to 12-2 overall.
Cassidy Budge led Rampart with 12 points.
Doherty 49, Pine Creek 34
At Doherty: Angela Vigil scored 15 points as 5A No. 3 Doherty (7-7) shrugged off a slow start to put away Pine Creek (7-7) in the 5A Metro League lidlifter.
The Eagles led 9-4 after one quarter before Doherty exploded for 20 points and a 24-16 halftime lead.
Doherty added another 20 in the fourth that broke open a 29-22 game.
Palmer Ridge 66, Vista Ridge 42
At Vista Ridge: Ali Meyer had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Michelle DeCoud had 13 points and 13 rebounds to boost Palmer Ridge (12-2, 4-1 4A Pikes Peak) over Vista Ridge (4-10, 0-5).
It was the ninth double-double of the season for Meyer, who is averaging 13 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. It was the fifth double-double for DeCoud.
Sand Creek 56, Discovery Canyon 42
At Discovery Canyon: Liah Davis had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead 4A No. 2 Sand Creek (10-3, 5-0 4A PPAC) past Discovery Canyon (5-9, 3-2).
Oliana Squires led the Scorpions with 15 points, while J’Nae Squires added 13 points and three assists.
Liberty 54, Fountain-Fort Carson 45
At Liberty: Alex Rivas scored 20 points as 5A No. 3 Liberty (8-4) opened its 5A Metro schedule with a win over Fountain-Fort Carson (2-11).
Rivas nearly doubled her season average of 11.9 points per game, making seven of her 14 field-goal attempts and 6-of-8 free throws.
Colorado Springs Christian 60, Fountain Valley 43
At Fountain Valley: CSCS (2-9, 1-3 3A Tri-Peaks West) snapped a five-game losing streak, racing to a 36-19 halftime lead and holding on to defeat Fountain Valley (1-7, 0-5).
Bailey Knecht and Delia Brekken had 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Fountain Valley.
Ellicott 43, James Irwin 24
At James Irwin: Ellicott (7-5, 4-3 3A Tri-Peaks East) outscored James Irwin (4-8, 3-4) 32-13 over the final three quarters to win.
Falcon 54, Cheyenne Mountain 43
At Cheyenne Mountain: A 15-8 second quarter gave Falcon 5-9, 2-3 4A Pikes Peak) a lead that Cheyenne Mountain (2-11, 1-4) couldn’t overcome.
Sierra 81, Harrison 26
At Harrison: A 31-point third quarter highlighted a dominating win for Sierra (8-4, 4-1 4A Metro) over Harrison (6-8, 3-2).
Ashley Register led Harrison with 15 rebounds. The Panthers made just 20 percent of their shots (10-of-50).
Sierra did not report stats.
Cheyenne Mountain 195, Air Academy 119
At Cheyenne Mountain: Catherine Roach had a hand in four first-place finishes as Cheyenne Mountain defeated Air Academy.
Roach took first in both the 50 and the 500 freestyles and then got a little help from her friends to win the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Morgan Wice was also busy for the Indians with wins in the 100 breaststroke, the 200 individual medley and the 200 freestyle relay.
Doherty 110, Liberty 75
At Doherty: Sarah James won both the 200 yard individual medley and the 200 backstroke to lead Doherty to a dual win over Liberty.
The Spartans swept the relays and also got individual wins from Sarah Collie (200 freestyle) and Kylee Hart (500 freestyle).
Courtney Reed took first in the 50 and 100 freestyles for Liberty.
Lewis-Palmer 106, Discovery Canyon 80
At Lewis-Palmer: Andie Turner took first place in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200 individual medley to lead Lewis-Palmer past Discovery Canyon.
Turner was also on the Rangers’ first-place teams in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Kelsey Oettinger got wins in the 200 and 500 freestyles for Discovery Canyon.
Rampart 105, Pine Creek 81
At Pine Creek: Jessica Chen notched wins in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke to lead Rampart past Pine Creek.
Julie Henninger added a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle and a second in the 50 freestyle while also participating in the Rams’ wins in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Colorado Springs Christian 40, Salida 26
At CSCS: Colorado Springs Christian recorded four pins to knock off Salida in a dual meet.
Jabob Bedford recorded a pin for the Lions at 106 pounds, as did Brian Follett (120), Connor Craddock (152) and Cameron Krautschun (160).