Highlights from Monday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Lewis-Palmer 61, Pueblo West 58
At Pueblo West: Senior Chase Stone drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Lewis-Palmer (5-1) to beat host Pueblo West (0-3) Tuesday in nonconference action. Scoring was even throughout the four quarters with the Rangers going on a nine-point run in the first quarter to help lead 30-21 by halftime. The Cyclones held L-P to seven points in the third, leaving the fourth quarter to be the decider.
Rangers coach Bill Benton said Pueblo West was similar to L-P, young and scrappy.
"It was a game of runs both ways," Benton said. "We knew we had to do a decent job of keeping them out of the paint. We limited their shooters to open looks. It came down to making some plays at the end. I feel we may have made one more play than they did."
Lewis-Palmer's Charlie Hovasse led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Jonathan Scott had 14 and Stone finished with 12. Stone's buzzer beater was his second hoop from outside the arc.
Benton said if the team keeps preventing penetration and keeping opposition out of the paint, the Rangers will be successful.
"We got some good steals. We got some good traps," he said. "It came down to a lot of hard work and effort. This group is figuring that out every night, but they've down quite a good job of it."
Pueblo East 61, Vista Ridge 36
At Vista Ridge: Despite youth against a senior-heavy visitor, host Vista Ridge (3-1) took its first loss of the season after tying Pueblo East (3-1) at halftime. The Eagles pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Wolves 40-14 to a 61-36 final in nonconference play.
Wolves coach Joe Hites said it's difficult for a group of mostly freshmen to take the kind of success it had in the first half and carry it over to four quarters. He was proud nonetheless.
"I don't fault them for it," Hites said. "They will get there. It's a great group of kids we've got. We knew they were going to grow up one way or another. I'm looking forward to getting on the practice court and fix our mistakes."
Hunter Maldanado scored seven for Vista Ridge. Pueblo East stats were not reported.
Falcon 62, Pueblo Central 52
At Falcon: Resilience maintained an undefeated start to the season for host Falcon (4-0) with a 62-52 win over Pueblo Central (2-3). The Falcons were down in the first quarter with a lacking start, coach Greg Cox said.
"We didn't start well, but they did a good job of fighting back," Cox said. "We try to go 100 percent. We know there are going to be mistakes between both teams, but it's a matter of overcoming adversity and taking care of each possession. That's key."
Cox said success for the team will be in learning how to get a winning record together.
"It goes back to our offseason, the time we spend in the gym and the weight room," the coach said. "We faced a very good Pueblo Central team. We knew we had our hands full. We just had to find a way to complete throughout the second half."
The Falcons' Shaun Livecchi and Kwe'shaan Thomas each put up 16 points. Thomas led the team in rebounds with 12 and steals with three. Livecchi had nine rebounds. Chances Matlock had three blocked shots.
Pueblo Central's Burns led the team in scoring with 14.
Palmer Ridge 58, Elizabeth 55
At Palmer Ridge: Maintaining its undefeated start to the season, Palmer Ridge (4-0) played host to a close joust against Elizabeth (2-3) in nonconference action. While Elizabeth averaged 80 points per game coming into the Bears' gym, Palmer Ridge held the Cardinals to 55.
Bears coach Nick Mayer said he was pleased with the team's performance until the final two seconds when Elizabeth was allowed to start hitting 3-pointers to chase Palmer Ridge to the end.
"I was proud of the guys, but we have to start getting better in the last two minutes," Mayer said.
Most of the Cardinals' success came from the Bears losing offensive rebounds and their need to get better at boxing out, the coach said. Regardless, Palmer Ridge's senior leadership and composure pleased him.
The Bears' Matt Cameron hit 19 points and led the team in rebounds with 11 and blocks with four. Mayer said that was an average night for Cameron this season.
"He really carried us tonight," Mayer said.
Edmund Cameron finished with 13 points for the Bears including three buckets from beyond the arc. Jordan Swango had nine points including one from outside.
Sierra 54, Bear Creek 52
At Bear Creek: Showing growth from losing two close games out of the gate, Sierra (1-2) put up its first win of the season on the road against Bear Creek (2-1) during nonconference play.
Stallions coach Terry Dunn said the team's defense and shooting percentage from the foul line - 15 of 18 - is what kept them in the game. That and Anthony Dunlap's 19 points.
With a 3-point loss to Evergreen the previous Friday, Dunn said he felt the team might have learned from their mistakes in that game and carried it over to the Bear Creek showdown.
"We came from being seven points down and 3 minutes, 30 seconds to go and pulled it out. We did a great job executing," Dunn said. "I think it was a great team effort on both ends of the floor tonight."
Winning on the road is essential for Sierra, the coach said. The intensity of a close continuous battle is key to developing the team's fight.
"Our guys saw some terror through the night and showed true grit," Dunn said. "We are a young team, but there's a saying, 'If you don't bite as a pup, you won't bite as a big dog."
Legend 58, Air Academy 56
At Air Academy: Legend (3-0) took down host Air Academy (4-1) despite being outscored by the Kadets 33-24 in the second half of the nonconference matchup. The Kadets' come back from a 34-23 deficit at halftime fell just short.
Junior guard David Louthan led Air Academy in scoring with 21, while Stephen Heard brought in 13 and Paul Fertig 12. Both Louthan and Fertig drilled three shots from outside the 3-point mark. On defense, Fertig denied two shots and had four steals.
Legend stats were not reported.
Silver Creek 53, Palmer 41
At Fairview: Palmer (1-4) took on more tournament action in Boulder against Silver Creek (4-0) after putting up its first win of the season late last week.
Junior captain Jenn Urbaniak put up 19 points for the Terrors. It is her fifth game of the season and in a row of scoring 19 points or better.
Palmer started out slow, outscored 28-17 by halftime but managed to stick with Sliver Creek in the later quarters, coach Dave Shackelford said.
"I see some bright sports. We are still a work in progress and every step of the way there is a learning curve," Shackelford said. "We just can't get down on ourselves or down on one another."
At one point, the Terrors fought back in the second half to tie the game.
"I thought there were a couple plays where we were turning the corner, but we had a couple mental lapses and Silver Creek got up on us again," the coach said. "We had to claw our way back again."
Urbaniak also pulled down nine rebounds. She blocked three shots and had four steals.
Silver Creek's Margaret Davis was the team's shot leader with 16 points.
Liberty 53, Legend 50
At Legend: In a tight-scoring four quarters, Liberty (2-1) came out on top of a nonconference battle with host Legend (2-1) in Parker. The Lancers fell behind in the first quarter but managed a two-point lead at halftime.
Liberty mostly had to contend with high-scoring Titans' freshman Whitney Jacob, who finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.
Lancers stats were not reported when this edition went to press.
The Classical Academy 39, Woodland Park 30
At Classical Academy: Holding the Panthers to one point in the first quarter and four in the third was enough for The Classical Academy (2-0) to pull out a win against visitor Woodland Park (1-4) in nonconference competition.
Kendra Frieden led the Titans in scoring with 11 points. The Panthers' Katie Stunkard had 10, while teammate Alexa Garrick had seven including one basket from beyond the arc.
Despite scoring single digits in the first half, the Titans still led Woodland Park 17-15 at halftime. They outscored the Panthers 10-4 in the third quarter, helping secure TCA's second win of the season.
Pine Creek 58, Mitchell 27
At Ponderosa Invitational: Pine Creek (3-0) dismantled Mitchell (0-3) in Parker during tournament action. The Eagles' kept the Marauders' scoring in single digits through the first two quarters and pulled away in the third, outscoring Mitchell 20-11.
Jayne Lydiatt scored 14 points for Pine Creek, while Spencer Lindsey finished with 12.
Mitchell stats were not reported.
Vanguard 50, Ellicott 23
At Ellicott: Consistent scoring helped The Vanguard School (2-1) top host Ellicott (0-2) in nonconference play. The Coursers outscored Ellicott 28-13 by halftime.
Caitlin Bower led Vanguard with 19 points. Angel McNulty had 10.
Liberty 109, Fountain Valley 70
At Fountain Valley: Liberty (2-0) took all but two events in its head-to-head meet against host Fountain Valley (1-1).
Winning first for Fountain Valley in those events was Margot Twomey took first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 59.99 seconds and the 100 breast with 1:17.67. She narrowly edged out Liberty's Lindsey Keenan, who won the 50 free, by less than 0.5 seconds.
The Lancers' Carson Glass won the 100 back with teammate Megan Jones in second. Glass also won the 200 individual medley.
Aspen Balkom won the 100 fly, staying ahead of second-place Sara Volk of Fountain Valley. Volk was also second in the individual medley. Liberty's Leanne Trump won the 200 free with a steady lead over the Danes' Hannah Pratt in second. In the 500 free, Samantha Lenzmeier finished in first for Liberty, while Fountain Valley's Olivia Rask was second.
In the 1-meter diving event, Kaley Hodges and Jordan Watkins of the Lancers took first and second, respectively. Hodges had 95.90 points, while Watkins earned 83.90.
The Lancers' relay teams were first in the 200 free relay and the 200 medley, while its 400 free relay teams were both first and second place.
Lewis-Palmer 187, Pine Creek 112
At Pine Creek: After a couple of close swims, Lewis-Palmer (2-0) bested Pine Creek (0-2) during head-to-head action.
In the 50 free, the Rangers' Andie Turner beat out the Eagles' Sydney Galloway by 0.01 seconds for first place with a time of 26.90. It was an L-P strong race in the 200 free where Cailey Baker finished first in 2:16.25 seconds, less than 0.6 seconds ahead of teammate Leigh Russell.
Pine Creek's Olivia Chatman won two events including the 100 back in 1:12.33 and the 200 IM in 2:22.44. Chatman and Galloway both helped the Eagles' 400 free relay team to a first-place finish.
Julie Day won the 100 breast in 1:12.33 and helped both the Rangers' 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams to first place.
Lewis-Palmer picked up first-place nods in the 100 free in 58.01 from Cori Dech, the 100 fly in 1:03.74 from Kayla Sunada and the 500 free in 5:45.09 from Hannah Hartel. Sunada and Hartel also helped the 200 IM relay to a win for L-P. Olga Britton was also on both of the Rangers' first-place relay teams.
Doherty 101, Discovery Canyon 85
At Doherty: Doherty (1-0) took it to the lanes against Discovery Canyon (0-2) with Erin McGill of the Thunder and Sarah Collie of Doherty each winning two events and contributing to two first-place wins in the relays.
McGill took first in the 200 IM in 2:30.41 and in the 100 breast in 1:16.44. Her breaststroke win was less than a second ahead of second-place teammate Lauren Funk. She also aided Discovery Canyon's 500 free relay team to a win.
Collie won the 200 free in 2:06.18, 0.4 seconds ahead of Discovery Canyon's Emily Hand. Collie also took the 500 free in 5:40.31, also ahead of second-place Hand by a mere 0.48 seconds. The Spartans' 200 free relay team won its event with the help of Collie, as well. Hand was on the 400 free relay team which took first.
The Thunder wasn't without other gold moments. Emma Plentl won the diving event with 185.40 as her score. Allison Bullock won the 100 free in 1:03.49.
From Doherty, Emily Mehlop won the 100 back in 1:05.46. Raphael took the 100 fly in 1:10.05, and Shea-Lynn Hawley won the 50 free in 26.25.