March 7, 2014 Updated: March 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm
In trying to put the skids on the potent offense of No. 3 Colorado Springs Christian School, prohibited underdog No. 30 Frontier Academy employed a stall tactic early in Friday's regional semifinal.
All it did was freeze the Frontier offense .
Sam Howard led three scorers in double digits with 16 points, Dante Fewell hit five 3-pointers for 15 points and CSCS limited the Wolverines to one outside shot in the first half in a 66-23 home rout.
The Lions (20-3), who extended their winning streak to 19 games, will meet No. 14 Grand Valley (15-8) at 1 p.m. Saturday. The winner moves to the 3A quarterfinals, which begin Thursday at Clune Arena.
Early on, Frontier Academy (12-12) methodically passed the ball around the perimeter, hoping to stay close through limited possessions. But with every missed shot - the Wolverines went just one of 10 from the floor - CSCS took advantage nearly every time on the other end, scoring the game's first 14 points.
"Our game plan was to run a stall," Wolverines senior Lucas Smith said. "We thought as long as we have the ball, they can't score, but it became obvious pretty quickly that wasn't going to work. That maybe got us out of our groove, and we played the way they wanted us to play and didn't play the way we wanted to play."
The Lions made nine of 13 shots in the first quarter for a 21-3 cushion and ran their lead to 33-4 by halftime, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field in the process.
Fewell connected on three consecutive 3-pointers in the first half, then hit two more after halftime as he consistently found himself wide open off nice passing.
Of the Lions' 27 field goals, 20 were assisted.
"My teammates were the reason I got those open shots," Fewell said. "It felt great to hit my first few shots. In a playoff game, everyone has to step up, and we did."
In the second half, Frontier played its brand of up-tempo basketball, and it resulted in a 13-point quarter to give the Wolverines a better taste as they headed back to Greeley, despite the final score.
"We never give up," Smith said. "We've been the underdog all season. If someone would have told us we'd be playing Colorado Springs Christian in the playoffs as one of the final 32 teams in the state, people would have laughed. We came out in the second half, and we just wanted to have fun and play our game. I think we did it. I'm proud of the way we finished."