Lewis-Palmer 63, Air Academy 57
At Lewis-Palmer: Lewis-Palmer (11-9, 6-5 4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) made their ailing coach feel a lot better.
Despite battling a virus over the past week and a half, Bill Benton was on the bench to watch his Rangers top Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Air Academy (14-5, 7-3) and solidify their hold on fourth place in the conference's only game of the night Wednesday.
Chase Stone scored a game-high 23 points by driving to the net and Jonathan Scott added 12 to lead the two-time Class 4A defending champions.
"They weren't giving him (Stone) great looks from outside, so he did a great job penetrating and putting it on the floor," Benton said.
The win put a damper on Air Academy's hopes of possibly catching league leader Sand Creek. The loss knocked the Kadets 2 1/2 games behind Sand Creek, and the Scorpions already swept the season series against Air Academy.
"It was one of those things - our coaches, our players found ways to make plays," Benton said.
John Sims led Air Academy with 15 points, while Bobby Davis and Stephen Heard each had 12.
The defending champs have struggled this season, but this win could swing momentum.
"We needed this win," Benton said. "It keeps us in fourth place by ourselves."
Hanover 68, CSDB 41
At Hanover: Dustin Koehler scored a game-high 37 points to lead Hanover (7-9, 2-3 1A Black Forest) past Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (1-10, 0-5).
The Hornets built a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Shane Mason chipped in 12 points for Hanover.
Pine Creek 4, Heritage 2
At Sertich Ice Center: The roller-coaster ride that is the Pine Creek hockey team continues. And this time it was in the microcosm of one game.
Pine Creek (10-7-1, 7-5-1 Peak Conference) spotted Heritage (9-8, 8-3) a two-goal lead after the first 9:14 but answered with two in the span of 1:32. Then Pine Creek went on to add a goal in each period, capped off by Logan Bowels' second goal of the night.
A week after a surprising loss to Liberty, Pine Creek shocked the third-place team in the Peak Conference with a win over Heritage.
The victory vaulted Pine Creek two spots into fifth place. The Eagles have one more game against Liberty, but as a nonconference match, Pine Creek can't climb higher before the playoffs start next week. They can however fall depending on what other teams do.
Bowels scored Pine Creek's first goal, Riley Gregory added the second and Dawson Wright scored the eventual game-winner.
Mountain Vista 12, Cheyenne Mountain 0
At Sertich Ice Center: Cheyenne Mountain (8-10, 7-5) was the latest team to be victimized by powerhouse Mountain Vista (17-1, 12-0).
The Golden Eagles have outscored opponents 171-15 this season, posting eight shutouts.
Brandon Tagney scored three goals and added two assists, while Connor Gerace scored twice and posted four assists.
Air Academy 4, Kent Denver 2
At Sertich Ice Center: In its final game of a tumultuous season, Air Academy (6-11-2, 4-7-2 Peak Conference) went out a winner.
The Kadets scored three times in the second period to take a commanding 4-0 lead over Kent Denver (2-15-1) in a nonconference match. Nick Law scored in the first, and Tristan Klewsaat, Vic Bierly and Travis Hinton all tallied in the second.
The Kadets fired coach Dave Meisinger in the middle of January and went 3-8-2 after his departure.
Under Meisinger, the Kadets finished among the top four in the conference three of his last four seasons.