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Friday's prep roundup: Young Palmer team drops to 0-3, but gaining experience

By: Benn Farrell
December 6, 2013 Updated: December 6, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene across the Pikes Peak region.



Grand Junction 42, Palmer 33

At Pueblo West: Palmer (0-3) lost its third game of tournament action Friday in Pueblo West, this time against Grand Junction (1-0) by a 42-33 final.

Terrors coach Dave Shackelford said the team is getting closer to success each time out despite its youth and inexperience at the varsity level.

"They're gaining valuable experience. We are using eight, nine girls," he said. "I'm pleased with where we are right now."

Growth is the name of the game for the young Palmer team. However, junior Jenn Urbaniak has contributed double-digits in each of the Terrors' first three games including 21 points against Highlands Ranch, 20 against Pueblo West and 20 in Friday's loss to Grand Junction.

Urbaniak also brought down nine rebounds and had six steals. Marlee Brown nabbed eight rebounds.

"Since they are so new, the kids are getting used to each other on the floor, learning their strengths and attributes. They are figuring out what each other can offer," Shackelford said. "Being a young group, it's a different experience for them, so hopefully they grow out of it."


Pine Creek 56, Air Academy 54

At Palmer Ridge: Pine Creek (2-0) narrowly bested Air Academy (1-1) in tournament action Friday with a 2-point win after the Kadets chased after the Eagles' halftime lead through the third and fourth quarters.

Pine Creek's Spencer Lindsey and Courtney Stanton, both freshmen, finished with 14 points each. Lindsey drilled two from beyond the arc and shot 64 percent from the floor. Sophomore Jane Lydiatt had five rebounds and four steals for the Eagles.

Air Academy junior Kassady Huffman had 20 points, while Hayley Rhein scored 18. Rhein hit three beyond the arc. Huffman brought down 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. She also had six steals.


Centauri 67, Florence 37

At Woodland Park: Florence (0-1) kicked off its girls' hoops season with tournament action Friday at Woodland Park High School with a 67-37 loss to Centauri (2-0).

The Huskies' Kaycee Franklin, a sophomore, led the team in scoring with 11 points, including one bucket from outside the arc. She also led in rebounds with eight. Senior Baylee Reeves topped the team in steals with seven.

Centuari stats were not reported.


Mesa Ridge 56, Pueblo County 32

At Mesa Ridge: Mesa Ridge (2-0) put up another win during the Spartan Invite, this time against Pueblo Country (1-1), knotting a 56-32 final.

Senior Gabby Purnell put up 13 points for the Grizzlies, while junior Kayla Martinez had 10 including three hoops from the 3-point mark. Purnell shot 83-percent from the floor, sinking one from outside.

Kylee Shook led Mesa Ridge in rebounds with seven and denied two Pueblo County buckets. Purnell had three steals.

Pueblo County stats were not reported.


Rampart 82, Lewis-Palmer 34

At Palmer Ridge: Rampart (2-0) put up a harrowing 82 points Friday over Lewis-Palmer (0-2) during tournament action.

The Rams' Cassidy Budge put up 24 points, while Nicea Eliely scored 17. Budge drilled five from beyond the arc. Eliely shot 75 percent from the floor and had four steals. Junior Victoria Mondy led in rebounds with 19.

Lewis-Palmer stats were not reported.



Coronado in title game of Skyline Invitational

At Skyline: Coronado defeated Summit and Skyline to reach the championship game of the Skyline Invitational.

The Cougars are scheduled to play Thornton on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Antwan Outlaw scored eight points in the 48-44 win over Summit and a team-high 14 against Skyline. Chandler Robinson put up 11 against Summit and seven against Skyline, while Cody Robinson had seven against Summit and 12 against Skyline.


Evergreen 45, Sierra 42

At Sierra: Evergreen topped Sierra by three points in nonconference action. Sierra led at the end of the third quarter 33-28, but Evergreen bested the Stallions with a 17-10 fourth quarter.


Canon City 57, Widefield 54

At Canon City: Canon City (2-0) took down Widefield (0-2) in nonconference action by three points. Widefield led 32-17 at halftime, but the Tigers came back in the second half to score 21 points in the third quarter and 29 in the fourth, holding the Gladiators to 22.

Widefield sophomore Jordan Phillips scored 15 points, including two buckets from the outside. Brandon Branch, a junior captain, had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Anthony Wentzel had 11 rebounds and six steals.

Canon City stats were not reported.



Lewis-Palmer 43, Liberty 27

At Liberty: Lewis-Palmer put up a 43-27 win over Liberty during the Battle of the Best with three matches won by pinfall including Trevor Wilch at 120 pounds, Alec Oberndorfer (106) and Luke Fowler (285).

The Lancers also put shoulders to the mat in three bouts, including Josh Burns (160) who had a pinfall in the first period, Josh Cornelius (182) and Kaid Beziou (195).

The Rangers' 113-pounder Ed McCarron won by major decision 10-0 as did Brad Kadlubowski at 126 (15-4), and Joseph Glenn had a technical fall in the 170 bout.


Liberty 48, Pine Creek B 34 

At Liberty: Liberty had better success in its Battle of the Best dual meet battle against Pine Creek's junior varsity grapplers. Between the two rosters, nine of the 14 weight classes were won by pinfall.

The Lancers' 106-pounder Nick Martin, Josh Turner (145), Jonathon Sigley (152), Burns (160), Cornelius (182) and Beziou (220) each won by fall.


Ponderosa 59, Liberty 18

At Liberty: Ponderosa was too much for Liberty at the Battle of the Best, where the Mustangs put up the "W" by pinfall in seven bouts - Brian Bryce at 126 pounds, Tyler Turco (152), Tanner Olsen (170), Dylan Gabel (182), Anthony Verdicchio (220), Hunter Matney (106) and Elijah Schwartz (113).

For the Lancers' Turner came up with a fall in the 145 class, Beziou at 195 and Julian Johnson at 285.



Ralston Valley 5, Lewis-Palmer 2

At Colorado Sports Center: Ralston Valley (3-0, 6 points) remained undefeated after beating host Lewis-Palmer (1-1) despite being down 2-1 to the Rangers after the first period. The Mustangs came back in the later periods to score on four power plays.

Dustin Jones, assisted by Casey McMullins, and Dmitri Smith, assisted by Zachary Williams and Brayden Yatsu, found the back of the net for the Rangers. L-P goaltender Karnes Andrews stopped 24 shots, while Ralston Valley's Zack Larocque had 19 saves.

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