Colorado Springs basketball players dazzle on final day of The Show



5A playoffs

Fountain-Fort Carson 57, Brighton 48

At Brighton: It had been a long wait for Fountain-Fort Carson girls' basketball team to get back to the postseason. Now here, the Trojans are hoping to stay awhile.

Samiyah Worrell scored 17 and Taryn Lindsey added 16 points as No. 33 Fountain-Fort Carson beat No. 32 Brighton. The Trojans (12-12), who made the postseason for the first time since 2011, have their first playoff win since 2010.

In between the playoff runs of 2011 and 2018, F-FC was 27-107.

"Just qualifying for the playoffs was pretty huge, pretty special for these girls," second-year coach LouAnn Guiden said. "Being able to come up here away, traveling two hours away and winning, it means a lot. It means a lot not just to the girls, and the program, but to the school."

Fountain-Fort Carson shot just 38 percent in the win but held the Bulldogs to 31 percent shooting. Worrell led the way with 5-of-11 shooting and Teyanna Norris was 5 of 5 from the field with 11 points.

The Trojans will face top-ranked Fruita Monument on Friday in the second round.

"It's a 0-0 ballgame when we step on the floor," Guiden said.

Rampart 53, Rock Canyon 30

At Rampart: For the sixth straight year, Rampart got a win in the postseason.

Senior Milly Cruz scored a career-high 15 points as the No. 24 Rams (11-13) beat No. 41 Rock Canyon (6-18) in the first round. Rampart will travel to No. 9 Mountain Vista on Friday, hoping to keep its season alive.

"At any level, for a team to be making it to the playoffs consistently says a lot about the program and the consistency of the program, and what's been built here," fourth-year coach Ashley Miller said. "Our record may not reflect the best season, but I think it's credit to the girls for pushing and grinding through adversity."

The Rams have won three straight in the last eight days since losing three in a row the week before. They outscored the Jags 12-4 in the opening quarter and 15-4 in the third.

Cruz, who averaged 3.4 points during the season, led the way.

"We had really been wanting to get that out of her for a few games here," Miller said. "We were asking for her to step up as a leader and she did that tonight."

Liberty 45, Monarch 27

At Liberty: Phylicia Bacon and Jayda Lyon each had 15 points as No. 18 Liberty (18-6) beat No. 47 Monarch (4-20) in the first round. The Lancers will face No. 15 Dakota Ridge on Friday.

Liberty won its fourth straight game, while holding its opponent to less than 30 points for the first time since it beat Coronado 69-28 on Jan. 18.

The Lancers jumped out to a 22-8 lead at half against the Coyotes.

Vista Ridge 44, Legend 30

At Legend: The No. 34 Wolves (10-14) outscored No. 31 Legend (13-11) 16-2 in the third quarter en route to the win.

Vista Ridge will face No. 2 Lakewood Friday.

4A playoffs

Lewis-Palmer 37, Skyline 28

At Lewis-Palmer: After eight consecutive losing seasons, Lewis-Palmer is headed to the second round of the playoffs. What a turnaround it has been.

Kaity Hovasse had 14 points and the Rangers defense clamped down on Skyline in the win Tuesday. The 22-seed Rangers (16-8) will face No. 11 Centaurus Friday.

"The girls have definitely put in the effort," L-P coach Kristy Youngpeter said. "They're definitely gelling and playing together more now."

Sand Creek 35, Montrose 33

At Montrose: No. 34 Sand Creek (11-13) outscored No. 31 Montrose 11-4 in the final quarter to upset the Indians in the first round. The Scorpions will face No. 2 Holy Family Friday.

Cheyenne Mountain 61, Vista PEAK Prep 59

At Vista PEAK: Cheyenne Mountain rallied in the final quarter to keep its season going. The 33-seed Indians (8-15) trailed 41-38 after the third but put together a solid fourth to move into the second round. They will face top-seed Pueblo West Friday.

Discovery Canyon 72, Roosevelt 66

At Discovery Canyon: Kristina Schneible had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Ashten Prechtel added 19 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 19 Discovery Canyon (15-8) beat No. 46 Roosevelt in the first round. The Thunder will face No. 14 Rifle Friday.

Palmer Ridge 56, Durango 41

At Palmer Ridge: Eden Bonser had 16 points, six assists and 10 steals - leading No. 30 Palmer Ridge (13-11) past No. 35 Durango in the first round. Makenna Hageman added 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting for the Bears, who had lost six of eight coming into the postseason.

Palmer Ridge will face No. 3 Air Academy Friday. The Kadets beat the Bears twice in league play.

TCA 53, Erie 40

At TCA: The 26-seed Titans (17-7) will face No. 7 D’Evelyn in the second round.

TCA bounced back from an 18-point defeat at Harrison on Thursday.

Littleton 42, Canon City 37

At Littleton: No. 40 Canon City (9-15) fell short in the first round, missing a chance at league-rival Mesa Ridge in the second round.

The Tigers ended the season with three straight losses.

Sierra 72, Conifer 45

At Sierra: No. 20 Sierra (16-8) will play No. 13 Mead after blowing out Conifer in the first round.

The Stallions have won seven of eight.

Pueblo County 77, Harrison 51

At Pueblo County: Harrison’s revival season came to a close.

The Panthers ended the season 9-15 following a two-win year in 2016-17.

Green Mountain 53, Falcon 43

At Falcon: No. 27 Falcon couldn’t overcome a slow start, falling to No. 38 Green Mountain in the opening round.

The Falcons scored just four points in the first quarter and trailed 41-25 headed into the fourth.

Tri-Peaks district tournament

St. Mary's 79, Florence 45

At St. Mary's: Make that 20-0. Josephine Howery had 21 points, Makenna Bodette added 20 of her own and the Pirates kept their undefeated season alive with a first-round win in the district tournament.

St. Mary's, the tournament's top seed, will face No. 5 Salida in the semifinals Friday.

The Pirates came out firing against the Huskies, scoring 25 points in the opening quarter, and led 43-21 at half. Of their 20 wins on the season, 17 have come by double digits.

CSCS 73, Buena Vista 34

At CSCS: Megan Engesser score 29 points as CSCS beat Buena Vista in the first round of the tournament. Rachel Ingram added 16. The two-seed Lions (17-3) will face No. 3 Lamar Friday.

Lamar 63, Vanguard 12

At Lamar: Vanguard (13-7) had its three-game winning streak snapped in blowout fashion. The Coursers lost earlier in the year to Lamar, 63-20.

Salida 39, Manitou Springs 34

At Salida: The Mustangs' loss to Salida in the first round of the tournament ended their six-game winning streak. Manitou Springs (12-8), which beat the Spartans 55-53, is 12th in the 3A RPI standings.

District 8 tournament

Calhan 51, Evangelical Christian Academy 37

At Calhan: Calhan (16-4) gave up just four points in the final quarter, holding on to beat Evangelical Christian Academy (6-14) in the first round of the district tournament. The No. 3 Bulldogs led 27-22 at half on their way to improving to 9-1 at home this season. They'll face No. 2 Ellicott in the tournament semifinals Friday.

Colorado Springs School 44, Peyton 32

At CSS: Freshman Whitney Richardi had 16 points while senior Natalie Richardi had 13 as CSS (17-3) beat Peyton (9-11) in the first round of the tournament.

The Kodiaks’ 17 wins on the season is a program record, according to coach Vicki Vaughan.


Kent Denver 8, Pine Creek 1

At Joy Burns: Pine Creek's season ended in the first round. The Eagles (7-7-1) were outshot 31-18 and trailed 7-0 after two periods against Kent Denver, which moved on to the second round, thanks in part to five goals from George Kandel. Parker Gregory scored nine seconds into the third for Pine Creek.

Chaparral 5, Rampart 0

At Family Sports Center: Rampart's season ended in shutout fashion. The Rams (12-7-1) finished with 12 wins this season and were awarded the 20th seed heading into the postseason, the highest seed of any area team.

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