The final score won't completely tell the whole story of Doherty's 63-46 home victory Friday against Vista Ridge.
Shane Fox scored a game-high 18 points, including a basket that started a 12-0 run late as Doherty pulled away from Vista Ridge in a game originally slated for Dec. 6 but rescheduled due to the historic Arctic blast that invaded the region.
"We knew those guys were going to play hard," Doherty coach James Lane said. "I think coach (Joe) Hites is one of the best coaches around, and he runs plays that get guys open, and they had open looks. You have to give them credit."
Noah Beatty's layup off a pass from Andrew Reed brought the Wolves (3-4) to within 49-42 with 5:35 left. But Fox, Doherty's only senior, brought order to his team as the Spartans (5-3) won their second straight.
"I'm loving playing with the younger guys, and they're really mature for being freshmen and sophomores," Fox said. "When they cut it to seven, we just had to settle down, take smart shots, run some clock and take our time on offense."
Chris Lausell and Tynan Velasquez added four points in the run, and D'Shawn Schwartz also added a basket, giving Doherty a 61-42 edge with 1:22 left.
Both teams sent out lineups with only one senior; Doherty featured two freshmen and two sophomores to go with Fox, while the Wolves were led by senior Jerry Smith, joined by two freshmen, a sophomore and a junior.
It was the young Vista Ridge squad that started out quickly, making its first six shots from the field in taking a 13-10 lead halfway through the first quarter. But the Wolves struggled after that, struggling for only 10 points the rest of the half as the Spartans forced 12 turnovers.
"They gave us a good punch, and we had to weather the storm," Lane said. "They did a good job battling through some adversity."
Freshman Brevin Brimble's 3-pointer from the right corner gave the Spartans their largest lead, 45-26 with 4:36 left in the third quarter.
Vista Ridge, led by Hites, a former longtime coach at Cheyenne Mountain, mounted its comeback over a four-minute stretch that bridged the third and fourth quarters, a 10-0 run highlighted by a Reed reverse slam with 5:55 left in the game.
Smith led the Wolves with 11 points.
"They're a completely new team, and they're all hard workers," Fox said. "Nothing came easy for us. They're going to be really good in the future."