Published: January 11, 2014
Palmer Ridge 53, Lewis-Palmer 50
At Palmer Ridge: For the first timein school history, Palmer Ridge (6-3, 1-2 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) went home a winner over town rival Lewis-Palmer (5-4, 1-1).
Eight players scored and Bears coach Nick Mayer used his bench liberally, as Palmer Ridge led after every quarter.
"I think it's rare you can do it (rotate players)," Mayer said. "It shows the unselfish nature of these guys that they're willing to let their teammates play. ... It's a good problem to have as a coach."
Matt Cameron scored a team-high 21 points and Jeff Butler added seven for the Bears.
Mayer said the Bears were 0-5 in their previous meetings against the two-time defending state champions. Coming off a last-second loss to Sand Creek did not seem to affect his players.
"I was proud of how the guys responded in this game," Mayer said.
Manitou Springs 51, Florence 43
At Manitou Springs: A 13-5 fourth quarter proved to be the difference, as Manitou Springs (2-6, 1-1 3A Tri-Peaks West) snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Florence (4-4, 1-1).
Chase Megyeri scored a team-high 17 points and James Finsterwald added nine to lead the Mustangs.
Falcon 74, Discovery Canyon 57
At Falcon: Chances Matlock scored 17 points and Kwe'shaan Thomas added 12, as Falcon (8-3, 1-1) rebounded from a league-opening loss to top Discovery Canyon (4-5, 0-2).
Thomas also grabbed eight rebounds and three steals.
Harrison 48, Manual 38
At Manuel: Quincy Harding scored 21 points and Quinzel Harding added 13 as Harrison (3-7) snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Panthers outscored Manual (1-8) 23-15 in the middle quarters and never looked back.
CSCS 73, ECA 25
At CSCS: Colorado Springs Christian School (3-3, ) scored as many points in the first quarter as Evangelical Christian Academy (1-5) managed the entire night.
Justin Engesser and Chris Hildenbrand each scored a game-high 20 points and Samuel Howard added another 15.
Doherty 53, Douglas County 39
At: Doherty: Freshman Dshawn Schwartz and sophomore Tynan Velasquez each scored 13 points, as 5A No. 3 Doherty (6-4) used a 13-8 third quarter to put away Douglas County (3-8).
Schwartz also had five rebounds and three assists, while freshman Brevin Brimble scored nine points.
Ellicott 69, St. Mary's 64
At St. Mary's: Ellicott got a game-high 27 points from Javonte' Stewart and 12 from Garrett Harper to down St. Mary's.
The Thunderhawks outscored St. Mary's 20-9 in the third quarter to come from behind after trailing by six at the half.
Robert Delfeld led the Pirates with 18 points and Jimmy Velten added 12.
Sand Creek 56, Vista Ridge 52 (OT)
At Sand Creek: Vista Ridge (4-7, 0-2 PPAC) tooks its rivals to overtime, where 4A No. 2 Sand Creek (8-1, 2-0) finally shook its foe with eight points in the extra period.
Junior Andrew Reed scored a game-high 26 points for Vista Ridge, but it wasn’t enough.
Doherty 36, Legend 34
At Legend: Two little points were all that separated Doherty and Legend on Friday. Logan Hammarmeister could be credited with the win (if there were such a stat), as the 120-pound wrestler won 9-8 in a tiebreaker over Adam Aguilar to score three points.
The Spartans, though, were the ones who benefited. Doherty, despite forfeiting four outright and a double forfeit in a fifth, beat the Titans, winning four matches by pin and another by technical fall as Jonathan Garcia defeated Dustin Mervin 15-0 in the 113-pound match.
Nathan Gonzales (126), Gabe Maestas (138), Josh Wilhelm (152) and Brandon Supernaw (160) all won by pin.
The Classical Academy 60, Salida 6
At TCA: The only two matches TCA didn't win were the two they split in double forfeits. Other than that it was all Titans, as three wrestlers won by pin, including Sam Raphael (145) and Zach Johns (170).
Pine Creek 54, Castle View 52
At Castle View: How good is Pine Creek? Still undefeated good nearly halfway through the season.
The 5A No. 2 Eagles (11-0) held off a fourth-quarter rally by Castle View (9-2), which scored 21 points in the final period.
Freshman Spencer Lindsey's 18 points and sophomore Jayne Lydiatt's 12 points, helped the Eagles open things up with a 14-4 third quarter.
Lindsey grabbed six rebounds and Lydiatt nabbed six steals.
CSCS 27, ECA 24
At CSCS: Ryley Hoekert scored a team-high eigh points, Aubrey Cox added six and Colorado Springs Christian School (4-3) eked out the victory over Evangelical Christian Academy (3-4).
Leah Bost scored a game-high 10 points for the Eagles, and Tori Mann added nine, but it wasn't enough.
Air Academy 42, Cheyenne Mountain 26
At Air Academy: Kylee Barry led all scorers with 13 points and Kassady Huffman added 12, as Air Academy (5-4, 1-1 4A PPAC) pulled away from the Indians (2-5, 1-2).
Air Academy got out to a 16-3 lead after the first quarter, then later outscored Cheyenne Mountain 11-0 in the fourth quarter.
Sara Walters led the Indians with seven points.
Vanguard 50, Kiowa 28
At Kiowa: Pikes Peak region 2A No. 2 The Vanguard School (8-1, 1-0 2A Black Forest) outscored Kiowa (4-1, 0-1) 11-2 in the second quarter and 20-11 in the fourth to close out the game.
Angel McNulty's 18's points led all scorers and Jordyn Arcuri added 10 for the Coursers. McNulty also had two blocks, two steals and five rebounds.
St. Mary's 37, Ellicott 32
At Ellicott: 3A No. 2 St. Mary's (5-2, 3-0 3A Tri-Peaks East) jumped out to a 9-2 lead and built that up to 22-12 at the break, holding off Ellicott (2-6, 1-2) in the second half.
Maggie Hartman scored a team-high nine points and Olivia Florek and Kathleen Resman each added eight in the win.
Ellicott was led by Dakota Dornbrack's game-high 10 points.
Palmer Ridge 40, Lewis-Palmer 37
At Palmer Ridge: Three nights after losing Ali Meyer to a knee injury, Palmer Ridge (7-2, 2-1 PPAC) showed it could rally.
The Bears outscored rival Lewis-Palmer 11-5 in the final quarter to come from behind against the Rangers (0-7, 0-2).
Sam Rippley scored 11 points and Michelle DeCoud added eight for the Bears, who trailed 32-29 entering the fourth.
L-P's Courtney Fox scored a game-high 19 points for the Rangers.
Sand Creek 55, Vista Ridge 14
At Vista Ridge: One of the city's biggest rivalries was one of Friday's biggest blowouts, as 4A No. 2 Sand Creek (7-2, 2-0 PPAC) dominated its neighbor.
The Scorpions held the Wolves to single digits in every quarter, including one point in the second.
Shyla Armstrong scored a team-high 14 points and Oliana Squires added 10 for the Scorpions, while Shayla Armstrong scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Mountain Vista 8, Pine Creek 0
At South Suburban: Mountain Vista poured 44 shots on goal, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after the first period and the Golden Eagles (7-1, 3-0 Peak Conference) stymied Pine Creek (4-4, 1-2).