Friday's roundup: Lewis-Palmer uses strong second half to rally past Cheyenne Mountain

JUSTIN FELISKO Published: January 18, 2013

Highlights from Friday’s high school sports scene in the Pikes Peak Region:

Girls' Basketball

Lewis-Palmer 45, Cheyenne Mountain 36

At Cheyenne Mountain: Lewis Palmer was able to overcome a tough first half and a 30-25 fourth quarter deficit to slip past Cheyenne Mountain in 4A Pikes Peak conference action.

Lewis-Palmer (6-6, 1-2 4A Pikes Peak) struggled in the first half against Cheyenne Mountain’s aggressive defense that forced a series of turnovers said Rangers coach Joel Babbitt. Yet in the second half Lewis-Palmer was able to slow the game down with their half-court offense to chip away at the Indians (2-8, 1-2) lead.

“We simplified things in the second half and got the ball down the court,” Babbitt said. “In the half court it was simple passes and we moved the ball really well. Then shots starting dropping for our shooters.”

Babbitt credited his talented freshman Kaila Baca for coming up big once again with a team-high 12 points. Baca has 10 or more points in five of the last six games.

Right behind the freshman sensation was Samantha Cook with a season-high 11 points for the Rangers.

Manitou Springs 48, Salida 38

At Manitou Springs: Senior Gabby Santos was 6-of-10 from the field for 13 points as Manitou Springs improved to 5-0 in the 3A Tri-Peaks West, currently best in the league, with its fourth consecutive victory.

"It's positive to keep the momentum going and we're starting to do some good things," said coach Dan Gieck. "As long as we continue to build we can keep moving forward."

The Mustangs (7-5, 5-0 3A Tri-Peaks West) received a career-high 10 points from freshman Brooke Garretson, who shot a team-high 67 percent from the field.

"We have been waiting for (Brooke) to break out and she went in with a little more confidence tonight," added Gieck.

Manitou Springs also got 11 points from 3A Tri-Peaks West’s 3-point specialist Meghan McGee.

McGee drilled three, 3-pointers in the Spartan’ and has now connected from beyond the arc two or more times in six of Manitou Spring’s 12 games this season.

Salida (5-5, 2-2) trailed 20-17 at halftime before the Mustangs used a 13-7 third quarter to put enough distance between the two conference foes. No stats were reported for the Spartans.

Manitou Springs demonstrated its overall depth after conference leading scorer Ali Thompson was held to nine points on 3-of-9 shooting for the evening. 

Palmer 56, Castle View 40

At Castle View: 5A No. 1 Palmer (10-2) picked up an impressive nonconference victory behind Lensy Hardy’s season-high 16 points.

The senior’s previous high was 15 points against CSCS on Nov. 30.

Jasmine Green chipped in with another 14 points for the Terrors which have won two in a row.

Castle View (7-6) received nine points from Jess McGovern.

Widefield 47, Woodland Park 34

At Woodland Park: Angie Smith had a game-high 19 points to lead Widefield to a 4A Metro League victory.

Widefield (5-8, 3-1 4A Metro) has now won four of its last five games.

Shannon Bingen had 10 points for Woodland Park (2-11, 1-3). 

Florence 49, Fountain Valley 29

At Florence: Fountain Valley (1-6, 0-4 3A Tri-Peaks West) received 14 points from Brekken on the road but the Danes could not overcome Florence (4-7, 2-2) on Friday night in conference play.

No stats were reported for Florence.

Harrison 63, Wasson 22

At Wasson: Ashley Register (21) and Elena Martinez (19) combined for 40 of Harrison’s 63 points in a 4A Metro league victory.

Along with being a strong offensive duo, Register and Martinez also teamed up to force 15 steals for Panthers.

Harrison (6-7, 3-1 4A Metro) has won three straight.  

No stats were reported for Wasson (2-8, 0-3).

Sand Creek 44, Air Academy 34

At Sand Creek: 4A No.2 Sand Creek won its fifth straight game behind 18 points from Liah Davis.

The Scorpions (9-3, 4-0 4A Pikes Peak) are the only remaining undefeated team in the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference in league play after Friday’s conference victoryover Air Academy (5-7, 2-2).

Justine Jenkinson had seven points and seven rebounds for the Kadets.  

Sierra 58, Mitchell 34

At Mitchell: Selina Barnes led the way for Sierra with 16 points and eight steals in a 4A Metro League game.

Barnes was 6-of-6 from the charity stripe while the Stallions (7-4, 3-1 4A Metro) finished 10-of-15 from the free throw line.

No stats were reported for Mitchell (3-9, 0-3).

Boys' Basketball

Wasson 77, Harrison 47

At Harrison: D.J. Hanes put forth another dominating performance offensively with a game-high 31 points to lead Pikes Peak Region 4A No. 3 Wasson to a seventh consecutive victory.

“He was feeling it. I could tell after his first few shots it was going to be one of those nights,” said Wasson coach Damion Copeland. “Once he is feeling it is hard to stop him.”

Despite what the final score may show, Harrison (7-5, 1-3) put forth a strong first quarter effort leading Wasson 18-15 before Wasson (12-1, 4-0) used a 19-7 second quarter run to pull away from the Panthers.

Darrius Graves led Harrison with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

At Harrison: D.J. Hanes put forth another dominating performance offensively with a game-high 31 points to lead Pikes Peak Region 4A No. 3 Wasson to a seventh consecutive victory.

“He was feeling it. I could tell after his first few shots it was going to be one of those nights,” said Wasson coach Damion Copeland. “Once he is feeling it is hard to stop him.”

Despite what the final score may show, Harrison (7-5, 1-3 4A Metro) put forth a strong first quarter effort leading Wasson 18-15 before Wasson (12-1, 4-0) used a 19-7 second quarter run to pull away from the Panthers.

Darrius Graves led Harrison with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Sand Creek 54, Air Academy 45

At Air Academy: Sand Creek used a 15-9 third quarter to pull away from Air Academy in what had been a tight game.

The 4A No. 1 Scorpions (11-0, 4-0 Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) clung to a 21-17 lead at the break, but broke out offensively in the third quarter.

Bryan Jenkins led the way with 18 points and Josh Smith added 10.

Air Academy (6-7, 1-3) got a game-high 19 points from David Louthan. Bobby Davis added 13.

“In the third quarter we didn’t get the stops we wanted on defense,” Kadets coach Barry Clark said. “We’re trying to get some consistency.”

Trinidad 54, St. Marys 53

At Trinidad: Despite getting 17 points from Alex Greenly and 15 from Daniel Padrnos St. Mary’s could not hold off Trinidad in a back and forth game on the road.

“We had a slight lead in the fourth and couldn’t hold it,” said St. Mary’s coach Mark Beranek. “They took the lead with about 1:05 left. We had a couple of opportunities down the stretch and either didn’t defend or couldn’t score.”

St. Mary’s (3-7, 1-4 3A Tri-Peaks East) has lost two in a row while Trinidad (5-5, 1-4) picked up its first conference victory and snapped a four-game losing streak.  

Coronado 69, Mesa Ridge 39

At Mesa Ridge: Trey Vaughn notched a double-double with a season-high 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Coronado to a 4A Metro League victory.

“Trey Vaughn had his best game of the season. He did it all for us tonight,” said Coronado coach Myles Johnson. “He carried us.”

Coronado (6-6, 2-2 4A Metro) improves to .500 with the victory while Mesa Ridge (5-7, 1-3) falls two games under .500 overall and in league play.

Curtis Crockett had 11 points for the Grizzlies.

Manitou Springs 84, Salida 29

At Manitou Springs: The Mustangs put forth a stellar offensive performance with a season-high 84 points to win their third consecutive game in a 3A Tri-Peaks West match up.

“We got some good looks from the 3-point line. We started knocking down a bunch of those shots and got some pretty good spacing inside,” said Manitou Springs coach Ken Vecchio. “We got the ball inside a little bit. We played pretty good.” 

Tyler Washington, Chase Megyeri and Chad Sienknecht each had 13 points apiece for Manitou Springs (5-6, 3-1 3A Tri-Peaks West) who opened up a 36-7 halftime lead and never looked back.

Salida falls to 0-8 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Lewis-Palmer 49, Cheyenne Mountain 33

At Cheyenne Mountain: Seniors Justin Smith (16 points) and Tyler Owens led 4A No. 1 Lewis-Palmer past No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain in a 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference showdown.

Lewis-Palmer (11-2, 4-0 4A Pikes Peak) has won four straight while Cheyenne Mountain (10-2, 2-2) has now lost two straight.

CSCS 68, Buena Vista 37

At Buena Vista: Pikes Peak Region 3A No. 1 CSCS picked up its fourth consecutive victory easily over 3A Tri-Peaks West conference foe Buena Vista.

CSCS (8-2, 3-0 3A Tri-Peaks West) was led by Austin Johnson’s game-high 22 points. It was the senior’s fifth straight game with 10 or more points. Earlier this month Johnson put up 25 points against Manitou Springs.

Dustin Linza had 10 points for Buena Vista (2-8, 1-3) in defeat.

Vanguard 62, Colorado Springs School 37

At Vanguard: Tim Force scored 20 points to lead 2A No. 3 Vanguard (7-4, 1-0 2A Black Forest) to victory.

Hunter Golden’s 15 points but Colorado Springs School (3-6, 0-0) could not keep up Vanguard.

Vista Ridge 60, Falcon 48

At Falcon: Four different players scored in double-digits as Vista Ridge (4-9, 1-3 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) earned its first 4A Pikes Peak Conference victory of the season.

Chances Matlock had a team-high 14 points for Falcon (7-6, 0-4).

Widefield 69, Woodland Park 37

At Woodland Park: Dominic Howard used a game-high 17 points to propel Widefield (9-4, 3-1 4A Metro) to a 4A Metro League victory.

Evan Lays had 10 points for Woodland Park (5-8, 1-3).

Hockey

Coronado 4, Liberty 3

At Sertich Ice Center: Cody Johnson recorded a season-high four points to lead Coronado to its second consecutive victory in a Peak Conference match up after starting the season 1-7.

Johnson recorded an assist on Coronado’s first three goals to help the Cougars (3-7, 2-3 Peak Conference) open up a 3-1 lead through two periods before he found the back of the net less than two minutes into the third period to make it a three-goal game. Friday was Johnson’s first multi-assist game of the season.

Dominic Steel recorded Coronado’s first goal of the night while Garrett Orth had his second two-goal game this year.

Liberty (0-12-1, 0-7-1) could not rally for its first victory of the season despite a strong effort from goaltender Alex White (39 saves).

The Lancers received goals from Matt Myers, Anthony Kalm and Andre Ogren.

Fountain Valley 7, Aspen 3

At Lewis Ice Arena: Trevor Shott and Brenden Wood scored two goals apiece to lead Fountain Valley to its fourth consecutive victory.

Lucas Huerga Marin earned the victory in net by turning aside 18 shots for Fountain Valley to help the Danes earn a nonconference victory.

Aspen falls to 5-4 despite Jack Doremus’s first hat trick of the season.

Lewis-Palmer 6, Pine Creek 2

At Sertich Ice Center: Lewis-Palmer scored two goals in each period to earn a Peak Conference victory.

Julian Claudio led all goal scorers with two tallies for Lewis-Palmer (5-5-1, 3-2-1 Peak Conference) and Lucas Palonen made 19 saves for the victory.

Pine Creek (6-9, 3-7) has dropped five straight.

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