Prep Boys Basketball: Doherty 57, Liberty 54

Spartan, Kyrele Benford (11), drives the lane through Liberty’s defense during Doherty’s 57-54 victory over the Lancers Thursday January 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney. . The Doherty Spartans (0) Boys Basketball team host the Liberty Lancers (0) in a home Varsity conference game Thursday January 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney. .

BOYS BASKETBALL

Class 5A

Doherty (14-3)

Liberty (12-5)

Rampart (12-5)

Dropped out: N/A

Breakdown: Liberty and Rampart enter this week with the same schedule, but a slightly higher strength of schedule puts Liberty on top for the second week in a row. The Lancers’ only game last week was a three-point loss to No. 1 Doherty.

In addition to the Spartans win over Liberty, Doherty bounced back from an overtime loss two weeks ago with a double overtime win over Fountain-Fort Carson.

Rampart sits at No. 3 for the second straight week. The Rams are fresh off an 18-point win over Coronado, and will face Pine Creek on Tuesday. Last time Rampart eked by with a three-point win over the Eagles on Jan. 13.

Class 4A

Lewis-Palmer (15-2)

Falcon (12-4)

Palmer Ridge (12-5)

Dropped out: N/A

On the cusp: Widefield broke the 4A top 10 this week according to MaxPreps. The Gladiators have won six straight and have not lost since a nine-point loss to rival Mesa Ridge on Jan. 9. Widefield and No. 12 Mesa Ridge will face off on Wednesday.

Breakdown: Although they lost two straight, the Rangers remain at No. 1 thanks to back-to-back blowouts last week. They face Vista Ridge and No.  2 Falcon this week.

The Falcons move up from No. 3 after a 3-0 week, including a one-point win over Discovery Canyon. Falcon will have a tough week, taking on Cheyenne Mountain, Palmer Ridge and Lewis-Palmer this week.

Despite a huge rivalry win over Lewis-Palmer last week, a one-point loss to Cheyenne Mountain pushed the Bears down in the 4A rankings. But Palmer Ridge can prove itself this week as they face No. 2 Falcon on Wednesday. Last time out the Bears lost to the Falcons by four.

Class 3A and below

The Vanguard School (13-1)

Calhan (10-3)

Evangelical Christian (8-4)

Dropped out: N/A

Breakdown: Although Evangelical Christian holds a higher Class 2A ranking according to MaxPreps, Calhan won the area tiebreaker last week with a four-point win over the Eagles.

The Vanguard School remains atop the Pikes Peak rankings and a top 3 Class 3A program while riding a nine-game winning streak.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Class 5A

Doherty (14-3)

Liberty (12-5)

Fountain-Fort Carson (9-6)

Dropped out: N/A

Breakdown: Doherty eclipsed a 10-game winning streak thanks to a big Class 5A win over No. 2 Liberty last week. The Spartans also earned a narrow two-point win over Fountain-Fort Carson last week.

Despite its loss to Doherty, Liberty earned a dominant 15-point win over Vista Ridge to seal its No. 2 ranking.

Sitting close at No. 3, Fountain-Fort Carson also fell to Doherty last week, but will challenge the Lancers for its No. 2 slot on Tuesday. Last time out Liberty reigned victorious by eight points.

Class 4A

Air Academy (16-1)

Mesa Ridge (14-2)

Widefield (13-3)

Dropped out: N/A

Breakdown: Air Academy and Mesa Ridge have not lost since 2017, riding a 13 and 12-game winning streaks, respectively. Widefield is also on a streak of its own, winning six straight since it last faced Mesa Ridge on Jan. 9.

The Gladiators will have a shot at redemption on Wednesday as they host the Grizzlies at 6 p.m.

Air Academy will not face a Class 4A team ranked in the top 15 for the remainder of the regular season.

Class 3A and below

St. Mary’s (13-0)

Colorado Springs Christian (11-2)

Calhan (12-1)

Dropped out: N/A

Breakdown: St. Mary’s is the only area unbeaten team remaining in the Pikes Peak region and will have a light week facing 1-12 Rye and 3-10 James Irwin this week.

Colorado Springs Christian found redemption from last year’s state championship loss to Lamar with a six-point win over the Savages. The Lions have won seven straight.

Calhan remains at No. 3 with a two-win week and a nine-game winning streak. Last week the Bulldogs outscored opponents 85-44.

*Team records as of Jan. 29

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