Colorado Springs basketball players dazzle on final day of The Show


Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.



Mesa Ridge 64, Sierra 52

At Mesa Ridge: Though Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Sierra (19-4, 15-1 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) already had wrapped up the conference title, Mesa Ridge (17-6, 13-3) didn't let the Stallions walk away with a perfect conference record after the last regular season game for both teams.

The loss snapped the Stallions' conference winning streak of 44 dating back to Feb. 14, 2014.

After losing the previous three matchups dating back to last season by a combined eight points, Mesa Ridge coach Paul Mileto said he'd been telling his players and coaches they could beat Sierra - his team just hadn't been able to finish.

Tonight, the Grizzlies did finish.

"We did the little things better," Mileto said. "We really recommitted to our roles."

Early in the fourth quarter, Sierra took the lead, something Mileto said got his team's attention. As an example, Mileto mentioned senior Caleb Stewart, who had been guarding Sierra's CJ Jennings most of the night.

"(Stewart) was a different kid after we tied the game back up," Mileto said. "Even though CJ still got 21 points, Caleb changed where he took the shots."

On senior night, senior Dalen Jackson had 25 points and senior Dylan Mileto filled the stat sheet - adding 17 points, three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals for Mesa Ridge.

Both teams are comfortably in the 4A playoff field, as Sierra entered the game No. 11 in the RPI rankings and Mesa Ridge No. 17. The top 48 teams make the playoffs in 5A and 4A.

Playoff brackets for all classifications will be released Sunday.

Harrison 77, TCA 72

At Harrison: In a game that was close throughout, Harrison (12-11, 8-8 4A CSML outscored TCA (6-10, 9-14) 25-19 in the fourth quarter after entering the frame down by a point.

Both teams entered the night in the 48-team playoff field via RPI rankings with Harrison at No. 35 and No. 37 The Classical Academy.

Widefield 78, Cañon City 39

At Widefield: Cañon City (4-19, 4-12) hung with the Gladiators (16-7, 12-4 4A CSML) for the first half before being outscored 43-13 in the final two quarters.

Junior Tre Pierre scored 21 points and junior TJ Davis added 14 in the Widefield victory.

Cañon City was led by junior Cole Smith, who had eight points.



CSS 53, Peyton 37

At Peyton: Colorado Springs School (10-8, 4-3 2A Black Forest) slowly extended its lead throughout the game in the win over Peyton (9-9, 3-4).

Leading by six points after the first quarter, CSS extended the lead to nine at halftime and 14 after three quarters on the way to the win.

Junior Natalie Richardi finished with 19 points for CSS and junior Samantha Warhoe added nine.

Peyton was led by junior Morgan Battista, who finished with 14 points.

The loss was the fifth straight for the Panthers, who entered the game at No. 19 in the RPI rankings. CSS entered at No. 36.

Widefield 59, Cañon City 54, 2OT

At Cañon City: Widefield (12-11, 9-7 4A CSML) outlasted host Cañon City (10-13, 8-8).

Both teams were in - but on the edge - of the 48-team field entering the night, with Cañon City at No. 38 and Widefield at No. 44.

Thomas MacLaren School 31, CSDB 16

At CSD&B: A 17-2 run over the second and third quarters was the difference as Thomas MacLaren (2-5) beat Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind (0-19, 0-4 1A District 7).

Freshman Jasmine Cruz had 12 points for CSD&B in the loss.

TCA 56, Harrison 27

At TCA: The Pikes Peak region 4A No. 3 Titans (18-5, 13-3 4A CSML) won comfortably over Harrison (2-20, 2-13).



Valor Christian 6, Palmer 0

At Sertich: The Eagles scored five goals on 18 shots in the first period to set the tone for Valor Christian's (15-3-1, 12-1-1 Highlands Conference) win over Palmer (5-13, 3-10).

Five different players scored for Valor Christian, which beat Palmer by the same score on Feb. 4. Cohain Bradley recorded 24 saves on 28 shots in goal for Palmer. The Terrors put eight shots on goal in the game.

Palmer takes on Crested Butte in its final game of the regular season on Saturday.

Kent Denver 6, Liberty 1

At Sertich: After holding Kent Denver (11-7-1) to a one-goal lead at the end of the first period, Liberty (9-9-1) couldn't keep pace afterward in the loss.

Kent Denver scored three goals in the second period as George Kandel notched his hat trick, pushing his season total to 32 goals.

Connor McIlhany scored the lone goal for Liberty, No. 13 on the season for the forward.

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