Matt Cameron scored 12 of his team-high 14 points in the first half to help the Bears build a 27-24 win at the break.
But Langston Bell helped hold Cameron to two points in the second half while finishing with 14 of his own.
"He (Bell) had the kind of game we need for him to have regularly for us to continue to win games," Sand Creek coach Joe Raush said. "Palmer Ridge is tough. This league is no joke this year. They are big and athletic and just pounded us tonight. They gave us everything we could handle on our home court."
Clark finished with a game-high 22 points, including hitting four 3-pointers for the Scorpions.
Air Academy 79, Falcon 76
At Air Academy: Falcon scored 37 points in the final period - and came up short.
Air Academy (8-2, 1-0 PPAC) built a 53-39 lead heading into the final quarter then held on with another 26 points to fend off a tremendous rally by Falcon (7-3, 0-1) in both teams' league opener.
Five players scored in double digits for the Kadets, led by David Louthan's 20 and Bobby Davis' 14.
No stats were reported by Falcon.
Mesa Ridge 54, Canon City 52
At Mesa Ridge: Camren Burns scored 14 points and Matt Atkins and Kameron Harrod each added 11, as Mesa Ridge (4-6) held off Canon City (4-6).
Atkins grabbeda team-high 10 rebounds to complete the double-double.
The Grizzlies jumped out to a 14-7 lead and held on the rest of the way as the Tigers battled back.
Sierra 36, Pueblo County 34
At Pueblo County: CJ Jennings scored a team-high nine points and Ha'dori Ausborne added eight as Sierra (2-5) snapped a three-game losing streak with a squeaker of a win over Pueblo County (0-12).
Cheyenne Mountain 62, Vista Ridge 47
At Cheyenne Mountain: Reece Eddy scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Ghassan Nehme scored 24 points, as 4A No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain (6-1, 2-0 PPAC) jumped out to a 28-17 lead at the half and never looked back against Vista Ridge (4-6, 0-1).
Nehme also had five steals for the Indians.
Vista Ridge did not report stats.
Elizabeth 63, Mitchell 59
At Mitchell: Three players in double digits weren't enough, as Mitchell (3-7) couldn't quite catch Elizabeth (6-3), which scored 23 points in the second quarter.
Jamel Jones scored a team-high 19 points, Marcus Phillips scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and David Perea added another 11 points.
CSCS 50, Manitou Springs 31
At CSCS: Chris Hildenbrand and Samuel Howard each scored 13 points, Justin Engesser added 12 and Nic Doherty added 10, as CSCS (2-3) cruised past Manitou Springs (1-6).
Chase Megyeri's 15 led the Mustangs.
Pine Creek 55, Rock Canyon 52
At Rock Canyon: Joey Black's 16 points and 20 rebounds, and Grant Morin's 13 points helped Pine Creek (5-5) build a nine-point lead after three quarters and hold off Rock Canyon (3-5) in the fourth.
Lewis-Palmer 68, Discovery Canyon 51
At Lewis-Palmer: Lewis-Palmer started defense of its league crown with an opening 22-8 first quarter, as the Rangers (5-3, 1-0 PPAC) built an early lead, saw it dwindle to three after three quarters and then pulled away in the fourth.
Senior Chase Stone scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Rangers, and Sam Strasburger added 13.
Peter Call led the Thunder (4-4, 0-1) with 19, Alec Wirtjes had 12 and Nate Todtenhagen added 10.
Palmer 57, Widefield 52
At Widefield: Palmer (3-6) outscored Widefield (1-9) 13-7 in the first quarter and held on from there.
The Gladiators were led by Jymon Garretson’s 17 points.
Palmer did not report stats.
Cheyenne Mountain 123, Discovery Canyon 63
At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain won every swimming event but one, as the Indians cruised past Discovery Canyon.
Sydney Buckley won the 100-yard breaststroke (finished in 1 minute, 10.14 seconds) by more than five seconds, the 50 freestyle by more than two seconds and swam in both winning relays of the 200 free and 200 medley.
Rhyann Lowrey won the 200 individual medley (2:22.44) and 100 free (58.33), and joined the 200 medley and 200-free-relay-winning teams.
Katie Liebscher, part of the 200-medley relay and 400-free-relay-winning teams, also took the 100 butterfly.
Discovery Canyon, led by Emma Plentl's 222.35, took the top four spots in diving. Emily Hand won the 100 backstroke (1:04.87) for the Thunder.
Lewis-Palmer 201, Air Academy 113
At Rampart: Three relays, three victories for Lewis-Palmer, which won another six events.
Hanna Hartel won the 100 breaststroke (1:13.57) and 100 freestyle (56.99) and aided in the 200 medley relay for the Rangers. Andie Turner helped both the 200 MR and 400 free relays, while also winning the 200 individual medley (2:24.79).
Kadets winners were Ashley Dickerson (100 butterfly, 1:07.12), Hannah Brockie (500 free, 5:42.33) and Samantha Steigerwald (200 free, 2:06.55).
Doherty 117, Palmer 69
At Palmer: Behind Sarah Collie's two individual wins and help in two relays, Doherty won eight of the 12 events to breeze past Palmer.
Collie won the 50 free (27.21) and 100 backstroke (1:12.66) and helped the Spartans win both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
Coronado 124, Mesa Ridge 58
At Coronado: Coronado won all three relays and six different swimmers won six individual events for the Cougars in their win over Mesa Ridge.
Katie Jacobs (200 freestyle, 2:20.53), Carson Fair (200 IM, 2:48.04), Lauren Hancock (diving, 123.10), Katie Field (100 freestyle, 1:03.08), Taylor Touchard (500 free, 6:39.35) and JaeYoung Jin (100 breaststroke, 1:22.78) were the Coronado individual winners.
Carmen Mena won the 100 backstroke (1:07.92) and 100 butterfly (1:07.98) for Mesa Ridge, while Jamie Quirk won the 50 freestyle in 28.88.
Palmer 54, Heritage 33
At Palmer: Jenn Urbaniak's double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds (to go with two blocks) was backed up by solid shooting from several teammates, as Palmer (4-7) opened its home season with a victory.
To date, the Terrors played their first nine games on the road.
"They were very excited about playing at home," Palmer coach Dave Shackleford said. "It was fun to play here, and I think emotions were high because we were playing at home."
Marlee Brown scored 10 points off the bench, Abi Torres added seven points and Caroline Laganas had four points and five steals.
Emily Tice led Heritage (1-9) with eight points.
Manitou Springs 34, CSCS 25
At CSCS: Manitou Springs (4-3) clamped down in the fourth quarter, outscoring CSCS (3-3) 11-1 to pull away after entering the final period trailing by one.
Angala Jensen scored 10 points and McKenzie Petricks had eight, as the Pikes Peak region 3A Mustangs moved above .500.
Ryley Hoekert led the Lions with nine points.
Peyton 73, Buena Vista 47
At Buena Vista: Shelby Patterson scored a game-high 24 points and Victoria Goodman added 19 to lead 2A and below No. 1 Peyton (7-1) past Buena Vista (2-5).
Patterson also led the team with six rebounds and two blocks.
Mesa Ridge 62, Legend 27
At Legend: 4A No. 1 Mesa Ridge (8-0) held Legend (6-3) to single digits in three of the four quarters, while Kylee Shook (20 points), Gabby Purnell (18) and Tiffani Jackson (12) shredded the Lightning.
The Grizzlies, who debuted in the Associated Press' girls' basketball poll at No. 2 in Class 4A, held Legend to four points in the first, five in the third and eight in the fourth.
Pueblo County 62, Sierra 41
At Sierra: Desalia Fuller scored 16 points but it wasn't enough as Sierra (3-4) fell to Pueblo County (9-4).
Cheyenne Mountain 57, Vista Ridge 32
At Vista Ridge: Sarah Walters scored a team-high 20 points and Sarah Thilenius added 12 to to lead Cheyenne Mountain (2-4, 1-1 PPAC) past Vista Ridge (2-7, 0-1).
Hunter Peifer had four points, four steals and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Vista Ridge did not report stats.
Salida 40, Florence 25
At Florence: Carly Chaney led Florence (2-7, 0-1 3A Tri-Peaks West) with seven points, but Salida (5-2, 1-0) was too much.
Douglas County 51, Liberty 41
At Liberty: Emily Jones' 16 points and Chris Brown's 10 weren't enough for Liberty (4-4) to rally against Douglas County (5-4).
The two teams entered the locker rooms tied at 22 at half, but the Huskies outscored the Lancers 29-19 the rest of the way.
Brooke Shade grabbed nine rebounds for the Lancers.
TCA 37, Florence 33
At TCA: The Classical Academy edged out Florence by four points to get the team win, as five Titans won by pin.
Matt Johns pinned Florence's Sam Carter in 3:00 in the 113-pound match, Charles Baker topped Trystin Bunguard in 44 seconds, Michael Calabretta pinned Arthur Brehm (0:58), Zach Johns pinned Kameron Parker (3:56) and William Campos pinned Aaron Mehring (0:30).
Florence's lone win by pin came via Preston Sandoval (182), who defeated Marcus Witzel in 1:00.
TCA's first state champion, Andrew Register (1450, won his fourth consecutive match after a Dec. 19 setback, beating Dustin james by major decision 12-4.
Pine Creek 3, Pueblo County 2
At Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena: Pine Creek (4-3, 1-1 Peak Conference) scored a big league victory, while handing Pueblo County (5-1-2, 2-1) its first loss of the season.
Joel Crank's first goal of the season put Pine Creek ahead for good, as the Eagles held Pueblo County scoreless in the final period. Crank scored 3:21 into the second to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead.
after Pueblo County took an early 1-0 lead, Austin Webb and Zach Zimmerman scored 2:13 apart to put the Eagles in front.
Resurrection Chr. 7, Cheyenne Mountain 1
At Sertich Ice Center: Tad Strohauer scored twice in the first period and John Tower added two more, as Resurrection Christian (5-3) topped Cheyenne Mountain (3-6)
The Indians were outshot 31-16, as Ryan McCann made 24 saves for Cheyenne Mountain.
Michael Rodighiero scored the Indians' lone goal.