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No. 18 Windsor 62, No. 47 Palmer 51

At Windsor: The Terrors (8-15) ended their season by dropping their last five games.

No. 26 Douglas County 78, No. 39 Rampart 57

At Douglas County: Dante Wydra led with 11 points and Ty Smith added 10 but the Rams (11-13) couldn't overcome a 17-9 deficit in the first quarter of the first-round game.

No. 31 Fountain-Fort Carson 73, No. 34 Aurora Central 55

At F-FC: The Trojans had a 25-18 lead to open up the playoff game, holding off Aurora Central (16-8) the rest of the way. Isaiah Thompson led with 25 points and 15 rebounds, while F-FC teammate Keyshawn Maltbia added 14.

Fountain-Fort Carson (14-10) faces No. 2 Fairview (20-3) in the second round Saturday.


No. 18 Centaurus 79, No. 47 Palmer Ridge 60

At Centaurus: The Bears (8-16) ended their season by dropping their last four games.

No. 19 Widefield 70, No. 46 Eagle Valley 33

At Widefield: The Gladiators (16-8) were in charge from the first quarter, jumping to an 18-8 lead and never looking back en route to the postseason victory. Quavaun Johnson led Widefield with 14 points, followed by Donte Scott's 11.

Widefield plays No. 14 Conifer (18-5) in the second round.

No. 21 Lewis Palmer 64, No. 44 Ponderosa 52

At Lewis-Palmer: Defending state champion Lewis-Palmer is off to a good start, thanks to jumping out to a 21-8 lead and holding on to the first-round win. Colin Westfall had 21 points, and Cameron Lowe added 19 for the Rangers.

Lewis-Palmer (15-9) plays No. 12 Erie (16-7) in the next round Saturday.

No. 43 Mitchell 47, No. 22 Steamboat Springs 45

At Steamboat Springs: The Marauders (12-11) pulled off the big upset to move on to the second round and face No. 11 The Classical Academy (17-5) on Saturday. TCA had a first-round bye.

No. 25 Lincoln 78, No. 40 Elizabeth 48

At Lincolon: The Cardinals (11-12) dropped their last three games to end the season.

No. 39 Sierra 53, No. 26 Frederick 46

At Fredrick: Imani Grigsby led with 25 points and nine rebounds, Dailen Terry had 15 points on three 3-pointers and the Stallions (10-13) pulled off the upset by holding Frederick to single-digit scoring in the second and third quarters of the opening round playoff game.

The Warriors (14-10) were on a three-game winning streak.

No. 27 Wheat Ridge 76, No. 38 Canon City 68

At Wheat Ridge: The Tigers (11-12) were down by as many as 26 points before cutting the deficit to single digits in the first-round playoff game.

No. 36 Discovery Canyon 44, No. 29 Battle Mountain 36

At Battle Mountain: Jaxon Smith led with 21 points and three 3-pointers, Ethan Hall added 14 and the Thunder (14-10) pulled off the upset to face No. 4 Golden (17-6) in the second round Saturday.

No. 32 Air Academy 53, No. 33 Niwot 50

At Air Academy: Jared Clark and Thad Dewing led with 11 points as the Kadets opened their postseason with a win. The game was tied 26-26 at halftime before Air Academy (13-11) outscored its opponent in each of the last two quarters.

The Kadets face top-ranked Mead (22-1) in second round Saturday.


3A Tri-Peaks

No. 1 Manitou Springs 68, No. 8 Atlas Prep 32

At Manitou Springs: The Mustangs got a scare early on, evident by the fact the district's top-seeded team fell behind 12-8 in the first quarter. But that deficit didn't last long as Manitou Springs went on to outscore its opponent 20-8 and 29-9 in the next two quarters.

The Mustangs (17-3) are on a five-game winning surge, while Atlas Prep (12-8) had won two games in a row.

No. 2 The Vanguard School 70, No. 7 La Junta 29

At TVS: After owning a 31-11 lead in the first quarter, the Coursers (18-2) ran away with the postseason win by holding their opponent to three single-digit scoring quarters.

Salida (9-12) has lost three of its last four games.

No. 3 St. Mary's 90, No. 6 Salida 69

At St. Mary's: Luke Stockelman exploded to a season-high 30 points on a trio of 3-pointers, Sam Howery added 26 and the Pirates were in control from the start to earn their ninth straight victory.

In the first quarter, they led 22-8 over Salida (11-10).

Both Rayshawn Deamon and John Klein added 11 points for St. Mary's (17-3), while teammate Cyrus Hernandez scored all his nine points on 3-pointers.

The Pirates face The Vanguard School in a district semifinals matchup Friday. The two squads played each other earlier in the season, and TVS escaped with a 64-62 win.

No. 5 Colorado Springs Christian 54, No. 4 Lamar 53

At Lamar: The Lions (13-8) edged Lamar (12-8) to earn their fifth straight win, moving onto the district semifinals.


District 8 Tournament

No. 2 Peyton 62, No. 7 Fountain Valley 31

At Peyton: Gavin Miller led with 19 points, followed by Gibson Gellerman's 14, to give the Panthers (15-5) a win in the tournament opener.

Fountain Valley (6-10) dropped its second straight game.

No. 3 Thomas MacLaren School 64, No. 6 Colorado Springs School 37

At Thomas MacLaren: Michael Brophy had a team-high 15 points and three others scored in double-figures as the Highlanders (10-6) won their fourth straight game.

Nedas Gailus and Kieran McGuire both had 13 points and Maximilian Ambuul added 11 for Thomas MacLaren School.

No. 4 Calhan 49, No. 5 Simla 48

At Calhan: The Bulldogs (8-12) snapped a two-game losing streak.


District 7 Tournament

No. 3 Pikes Peak Christian 57, No. 6 Deer Trail 24

At Deer Trail: Uriah Wehner had 15 points, Ben Schneider added 10 and six other Pikes Peak Christian players scored to help break down the Deer Trail (8-13) defense.

Pikes Peak Christian (12-8) was in control from the start, thanks to holding Deer Trail to just two points in the first quarter. Pikes Peak Christian faces No. 2 Genoa-Hugo/Karval in the district tournament semifinals on Friday.



No. 25 Mesa Ridge 69, No. 40 Fort Morgan 54

At Mesa Ridge: A 22-9 third quarter helped propel the Grizzlies (14-9) to the win over Fort Morgan (7-17). It was the fifth time in a row they've opened their postseason in this way.



Battle Mountain 7, Cheyenne Mountain 0

At Dobson Arena: The Indians managed 15 shots but Battle Mountain (11-7-2) was too much in the opening-round game, thanks to Jensen Rawlings leading with three scores.

Cheyenne Mountain ended the season with a 10-9-1 record.

Editorial assistant

Chhun Sun is the editorial assistant of the four Pikes Peak Newspapers. A Thailand-born Cambodian-American, he joined The Gazette's staff in April 2015 — covering everything from public safety to sports and outdoors to local/state politics.