Highlights from Saturday's high school sports scene in the Pikes Peak region.
Air Academy 67, Denver West 57
At Palmer: Air Academy won the first of its two games Saturday at the Palmer Tournament thanks to the play of guards David Louthan, who scored 11 points, and Stephen Heard, who added 10.
The Kadets (3-0) used a 23-9 outburst in the second quarter to open up a 39-28 halftime lead and clamped down on defense in the second half to secure the victory.
Defense is going to be the strength of Air Academy this year, coach Barry Clark said.
"These guys are going to have to make a living on defense and then execute when it comes down to offense," Clark said. "We are not going to out-athlete anyone, it's going to take a lot more discipline."
No stats were reported for Denver West.
Air Academy 57, Palmer 49
At Palmer: Along with team defense, another strength for Air Academy this season will be its depth. Against Palmer that proved to be the case as Paul Fertig (14 points) and Bobby Davis (13 points) rose to the occasion.
"Our best thing is we have a lot of team chemistry, these guys have been playing together since they were in about fourth grade," Kadets coach Barry Clark said.
Seven players scored for the Kadets.
"There is not really one guy to watch with our guys," Clark said. "We have some depth, and a new person each game is ready to step to the challenge."
No stats were reported for Palmer.
Vista Ridge 53, Mitchell 41
At Mitchell: Vista Ridge earned a victory on the road, as Malik Roberson scored six points and Robert Fernandez added seven.
Mitchell fell to 0-2 despite receiving 12 points from David Perea - all from behind the 3-point line - and another 11 from Keven Rovnan.
Cheyenne Mountain 69, Harrison 56
At Harrison: Cheyenne Mountain (1-0) won its season-opener on the road by outscoring Harrison 36-26 in the second half.
Quincy Harding had another big game for the Panthers (1-1) with 28 points. The senior had a 26-point performance in Harrison's 58-47 victory over Alameda on Friday night.
Mesa Ridge 73, Florence 44
At Mesa Ridge: Caine Martinez shot 82 percent from the field and his 19 points helped Mesa Ridge pick up its third win of the season.
Fellow senior Matt Atkins notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies (3-0).
No stats were reported for Florence (0-2).
Greeley Central 45, Sierra 30
At Sierra: Anthony Gates scored 11 points, but Sierra (0-2) fell to Greeley Central at home.
Edwardo Hernandez led Greeley Central (2-0) with 13 points.
Doherty 63, Pueblo County 37
At Doherty: Senior Eli Peterson scored 20 points as the Spartans picked up a home victory at the Spartan Invitational.
Sophomore Tynan Velasquez chipped in with 11 points and a team-high nine steals.
Freshman Dshawn Schwartz continued his strong start to his high school career with 14 points. He is shooting 67 percent through two games.
No stats were reported for Pueblo County (0-2).
Cheyenne Mountain 36, Pueblo County 34 (OT)
At Doherty: Hunter Peifer's double-double lifted Cheyenne Mountain to an overtime victory for its first win of the season at the Spartan Invitational.
Peifer scored a team-high 10 points and grabbed 13 boards to help the Indians (1-1) hand Pueblo County (1-2) its second consecutive loss.
Tori Burnett scored four of her six points from the free-throw line.
No stats were reported for the Hornets.
Widefield 43, Adams City 37
At Widefield: Junior Angel Wall came off the bench to score eight points and grab 11 rebounds, as Widefield (2-0) stayed unbeaten on the young season with a win over Adams City (1-2).
"She (Wall) played really well," Gladiators coach Jim Mason said. "It was a good effort from her."
The Gladiators scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. Ten players scored for the Gladiators, who were led by Kelly Phalavong's nine points.
"It was kind of a balanced effort," Mason said. "We didn't have anybody in double figures."
Caitlin Peters also scored eight points for the Gladiators.
"We're not shooting the ball well right now or shooting well at the free-throw line," Mason said. "If we improved on those two areas, we'd add 10-15 points to our score."
Doherty 49, Rangeview 26
At Doherty: Meagan Kramer scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Doherty (1-1) to victory at the Spartan Invitational.
It was the senior's first double-double of the season.
Other standouts for Doherty included Mariah Willey (nine points), Josie Major (seven points) and Alex Moscoso (seven points).
No stats were reported for Rangeview (0-4).
Sierra 49, Vista Ridge 45
At Woodland Park: Desalia Fuller scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to help push Sierra past Vista Ridge in the Woodland Park Tournament.
The Stallions (1-1) outscored the Wolves (0-2) 20-10 in the final quarter to erase a six-point deficit.
Kanecia Cooks had 13 points and 12 rebounds, while fellow sophomore Nadirah Oakman recorded seven of her 10 rebounds on the offensive glass.
No stats were reported for Vista Ridge.
Palmer Ridge 56, Florence 29
At Woodland Park: Palmer Ridge remained undefeated with a win at the Woodland Park Tournament.
The Bears (3-0) jumped out to a 29-13 halftime lead and held Florence to seven points or fewer in three quarters.
Senior Carly Chaney led Florence (0-2) in defeat with 11 points.
No stats were reported for Palmer Ridge.
Palmer 56, Pueblo Central 29
At Pueblo County: Jenn Urbaniak scored 24 points to help Palmer storm past Pueblo County on the road for the Terrors' first win this season.
Urbaniak also contributed on the defensive side of the court with a team-high seven steals, as Palmer (1-3) put forth its strongest defensive showing thus far.
At Arapahoe: Lewis-Palmer won the Arapahoe Relays with 206 points. Arapahoe came in second (202), Heritage in third (175), Littleton in fourth (128), Dakota Ridge in fifth (127) and Mullen in sixth (74).
Fowler Grizzly Invite
At Fowler: Colorado Springs Christian School won the tournament with 152 points, as a pair of Lions wrestlers took first and another took second.
Peter Huguenin won the 106-pound tournament with a 13-5 major decision over Rye's Kyle Schaeffer. Corey Craddock won the 138 pound class with a 12-0 major decision over Fowler's Drew Corsentino.
Christian Krautschun (132) made it to the finals but lost 3-1 to Fowler's Blake Larson.
Liberty 52, Vista Ridge 18
At Liberty: Jonathon Sigley, Josh Burns, Nick Oskvarek, Kaid Beziou, Josh Trainer, Nick Martin and Alek Walters all picked up victories via pin against Vista Ridge. Chris Mann defeated Josh Turner via a 6-4 decision in a 145-pound matchup, and Joey Villifan also picked up a 4-2 decision against Grady Brewster for Vista Ridge.
Liberty fell to Centauri 46-9 and Grand Junction 34-28 in the tournament.
Cherry Creek 3, Air Academy 0
At Cherry Creek: Tim Keohane scored two unassisted goals, as Air Academy fell on the road to Cherry Creek.
Jake Ebmeyer made 40 saves in defeat for the Kadets (0-1).
Blake Yount got things started for Cherry Creek (1-0) with a first-period goal.
Palmer 7, Valor Christian 5
At Valor Christian: Brandon Driscoll broke a 5-5 tie by scoring an unassisted power-play goal with 2:47 remaining to spark Palmer (1-1) past Valor Christian (0-2).
Driscoll also notched an assist on the first of Sam Horning's two second-period goals.
Jake Palmer kicked aside 29 shots for the victory in goal.
Cheyenne Mountain 6, Chatfield 5 (OT)
At Chatfield: Greg Liquori received a pass from Ryan Case at 6:17 of overtime and fired a shot past Chatfield goalie Landon Hershner to lead the Indians past the Chargers in overtime.
Case scored two goals in the third period to rally Cheyenne Mountain (1-1) from a 5-3 deficit and force overtime.
Ryan McCann made 28 saves for the victory.
Chatfield falls to 0-3.