Published: February 22, 2014
Sand Creek 79, Falcon 60
At Sand Creek: Dylan Clark had himself quite a night, scoring a game-high 32 points to lead the Scorpions to victory over Falcon and the 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference crown.
With the victory, Sand Creek stakes won the league title by way of a tiebreaker over Cheyenne Mountain. Both Sand Creek and Cheyenne Mountain finished the regular season with 12-2 league records.
According to Sand Creek coach Joe Rausch, the Scorpions won the tie breaker by virtue of having the better record against the third-place team, Air Academy. San Creek swept Air Academy, 2-0, while Cheyenne Mountain split its series with the Kadets.
Langston Bell added 18 points and Micheal DeCarmo had nine for the Scorpions, who wrapped up their regular season in impressive fashion and await playoff seeding on Sunday.
Lewis-Palmer 66, Vista Ridge 57
At Lewis-Palmer: The two-time defending state champs are back in the playoffs, and they don't have to rely on a committee to make it official.
Chase Stone scored a game-high 23 points and Charlie Hovasse added 12 to guarantee Lewis-Palmer (12-11, 4A PPAC) a playoff berth by finishing fourth in the conference with the win over Vista Ridge (6-17, 2-12).
The Rangers got some help from Sand Creek, whose win over Falcon knocked the Falcons into fifth place.
"Our kids find a way," first-year Rangers coach Bill Benton said. "They battle and they just play hard."
The Rangers have won the last two Class 4A boys' basketball titles.
Valor Christian 53, Sierra 40
At Sierra: Valor Christian (18-4) had a successful trip to Colorado Springs, as the Eagles defeated Sierra (10-13, 7-5).
Dual-sport athlete Christian McCaffrey led the way for Valor Christian, scoring 17 points. Chase Foster had 10 points and Keegan Wynja added nine for the Eagles.
Keandre Lewis led the way for Sierra, scoring 12 points and adding three assists. Tevion Thompson added nine for the Stallions, who will find out their playoff seeding on Sunday.
Cheyenne Mountain 68, Palmer Ridge 63
At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain (18-5, 12-2 4A PPAC) came away with a narrow victory over Palmer Ridge (13-10, 6-8) .
Ghassan Nehme scored another 28 points and added eight assists and five steals for the Indians. Reece Eddy and Ryan Ruppert also hit double digits, scoring 14 points and 11 points, respectively.
Cheyenne Mountain tied for first place in the conference, but saw the league crown go to Sand Creek on a tiebreaker.
Air Academy 74, Discovery Canyon 39
At Discovery Canyon: Air Academy (17-6, 10-4) had three players score in double digits to help the Kadets defeat Discovery Canyon (5-18, 1-13).
Paul Fertig led the charge with 14 points and six steals, while teammates Stephen Heard and John Sims added 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Kadets spread the scoring around as 12 players scored.
Air Academy wrapped up its regular season, finishing third in league for a guaranteed playoff spot.
Palmer 52, Fountain-Fort Carson 44
At Palmer: Palmer (8-15, 4-6 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) came out and took care of business as needed by defeating Fountain-Fort Carson (6-14, 2-8).
Jenn Urbaniak recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. Zee Wendt added 11 points and Abi Torres-Drozd dropped in nine for Palmer.
The victory might not help the Terrors' playoff chances, as teams' fortunes in the state tournament will be decided on Sunday.
Palmer coach Dave Shackelford remained optimistic.
"It's in the committee's hands now," Shackelford said. "We played a tough nonleague schedule, and I think we will be OK. It's been a bit of a down year for us, but we are hoping for good things."
Air Academy 33, Discovery Canyon 21
At Discovery Canyon: Kassady Huffman posted a double-double, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while also recording six blocks, as Air Academy (12-10, 8-6 4A PPAC) defeated Discovery Canyon (3-20, 1-13) 33-21.
With the victory, the Kadets finish the regular season on a three-game winning streak.
The Kadets finish league play in a two-way tie with Cheyenne Mountain. Falcon entered Friday night with a league record of 8-5. The Falcons' game against Sand Creek was not reported as of press time. Falcon, Cheyenne Mountain and Air Academy were vying for two guaranteed playoff spots.
Peyton 76, Evangelical Christian Academy 37
At Peyton: Three players hit double figures, as AP No. 1 Peyton (18-1, 7-0) handled Evangelical Christian Academy (6-12, 2-4) easily.
Shelby Patterson netted a game-high 21 points to go with six rebounds, while teammates Robyn Barrett and Emily Green added to the total with 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Panthers.
With the victory, Peyton finishes the season atop the 2A Black Forest League standings undefeated at 7-0 in league play.
Colorado Springs School 37, The Vanguard School 34
At CSS: The Colorado Springs School (12-6, 4-3 2A Black Forest) rallied from a 16-4 deficit, finally taking the lead with about 3 minutes to play, to capture second place in conference for the first time in school history.
The Kodiaks held Vanguard (15-4, 4-3) to three points in the final period, while posting 16 of their own.
"Other than just being tough and not quitting, I'm not exactly sure what worked," first-year coach Palmer Johnson said.
The Kodiaks climbed to within two at 33-31, prompting the Coursers to call timeout. On the next play, CSS stole the ball and scored to tie the game.
"We just kept fighting and fighting and fighting," Johnson said. "We just kept inching our way back. I thought, there's no way we're making up a 10, 12-point deficit. It was steal after steal."
Palmer Ridge 61, Cheyenne Mountain 18
At Palmer Ridge: Ali Meyer produced a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, as Palmer Ridge (20-3, 12-2 4A PPAC) had its way with Cheyenne Mountain (11-12, 8-6).
Two other Bears put up double digits, as Michelle DeCoud scored 14 points and Rhyley Lane added 11.
Sara Walters led the way for the Indians with five points.
Palmer Ridge closes out the regular season with a 20-3 record and will finish in second place in the league.