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Thursday's prep roundup: Air Academy win could be key for playoff seeding

By Scott Kaniewski Published: February 20, 2014

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Air Academy 42, Cheyenne Mountain 35

At Cheyenne Mountain: Air Academy notched a big win that could help lock up an automatic playoff spot.

Behind Kylee Barry's team-high 12 points and Kassady Huffman's double-double, the Kadets (11-10, 7-6 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) rallied from a six-point deficit, outscoring Cheyenne Mountain (11-11, 8-5) 15-2 in the final period.

The Kadets are in fifth place in conference, one game behind the Indians and Falcon for the final automatic qualifier (the top four seeds are guaranteed a playoff berth). The Kadets rank 23rd on the 4A ratings, according to maxpreps.com. Forty-eight teams qualify for the postseason, and 39 spots automatically qualify, though two of those spots will go to Valor Christian and Mullen.

"We feel like we've still got a shot at getting in," Kadets coach Bob Wingett said. "We feel like we're alright to get in whether we get third, fourth or fifth."

The Indians got a team-high 14 points from Ashlynn Smith who also grabbed five rebounds.

Huffman scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

 

Manitou Springs 42, CSCS 15

At Manitou Springs: Class 3A No. 1 Manitou Springs (13-6, 8-2 3A Tri-Peaks West) wrapped up the conference crown in easy fashion, holding Colorado Springs Christian School (4-14, 0-10) to six points or fewer in every quarter.

McKenzi Petricko scored a team-high 10 points, while Angala Jensen added nine and Brooke Garretson eight for the Mustangs.

 

Widefield 34, Harrison 32

At Harrison: Delia Brekken notched a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Widefield (11-12, 7-5 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) held on to third place in league by holding off Harrison (11-12, 6-6).

Both teams will head into the postseason after finishing in the top four of the league.

Shamari Lewis added six points for the Gladiators, while Clare Hamilton had five assists.

 

Mesa Ridge 60, Mitchell 20

At Mitchell: Class 4A No. 1 Mesa Ridge (23-0, 12-0 4A CSML), the AP's No. 2 team in the state, held Mitchell (6-17, 3-9) to single digits in every quarter and cruised into the postseason without losing a regular-season game for the second consecutive season.

Gabby Purnell and Sami Rudd each scored 13 points, and Kylee Shook posted 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies.

 

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Cheyenne Mountain 69, Air Academy 47

At Cheyenne Mountain: Class 4A No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain (17-5, 11-2) moved into a first-place tie in the 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference after dispatching of Air Academy (16-6, 9-4).

The Indians jumped out to an 18-4 lead before tacking on another 25 points in the second quarter to climb into a tie with idle Sand Creek.

Ghassan Nehme scored a game-high 28 points and younger brother Christian added 12.

Bobby Davis scored a team-high 14 points for the Kadets, who will finish the season in third place and automatically qualify for the playoffs.

 

Coronado 66, Woodland Park 34

At Coronado: Coronado got some help from a healthy Lyndon Lewis and the Cougars got some help from an unexpected foe to lock up a guaranteed playoff berth.

Lewis, who missed a large portion of the season with a broken wrist, scored a team-high 19 points, Chandler Robinson added 14 and Coronado wrapped up the last automatic playoff spot in the conference when Widefield upset Harrison.

"I think we'll be a dangerous team," Coronado coach Myles Johnson said. "I don't think we put together our best basketball for 32 minutes, which is what it's going to take in the playoffs."

 

Widefield 58, Harrison 52

At Widefield: Widefield (6-17, 5-7 4A CSML) ruined a chance for Harrison (8-15, 5-7) to have a shot at an automatic playoff berth by outscoring the Panthers 31-17 in the middle quarters.

Both teams will have to hope to be selected for the postseason on Sunday.

Quinzel Harding scored 13 points, Jaylon Sibley added 12, Quincy Hardin 11 and Darrius Graves 10 for the Panthers, but it wasn't enough. A win would've put them in a tie with Coronado for the last playoff spot and it would've come down to a tiebreaker for the last guaranteed playoff spot.

 

CSCS 62, Manitou Springs 43

At Manitou Springs: The Class 3A Pikes Peak region No. 1 Colorado Springs Christian School defense clamped down in the second quarter, holding Manitou Springs (10-9, 8-4) to three points, and the Lions (16-3, 12-0 3A Tri-Peaks West) continued their winning march to the postseason.

Nic Doherty scored a game-high 16 points, Justin Engesser added 14, Sam Howard posted 13 and Chris Hildenbrand 11 for the Lions, who finish the regular season on a 15-game win streak. District tournaments commence next week.

The Mustangs, who also will be in the postseason, got 14 points from Chase Megyeri and 11 from Nik Lyles.

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