3A/2A Boys and Girls Basketball District Championships preview

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Photo - The St. Mary’s Pirates (83) host the Buena Vista Demons (54) in a conference Girls Varsity Basketball game Thursday January 18, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

























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The St. Mary’s Pirates () host the Buena Vista Demons () in a conference Girls Varsity Basketball game Thursday January 18, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney.






















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The St. Mary’s Pirates (83) host the Buena Vista Demons (54) in a conference Girls Varsity Basketball game Thursday January 18, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney. . The St. Mary’s Pirates () host the Buena Vista Demons () in a conference Girls Varsity Basketball game Thursday January 18, 2018. Photo by Jeff Kearney. .

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Class 3A

No. 1 St. Mary’s vs. No. 5 Salida Friday at 4 p.m. at Pueblo Central High School

Scouting Report: St. Mary’s has continued its winning ways into the second round of the district championships. The Pirates enter Friday’s game with a perfect 20-0 record. St. Mary’s holds the top spot in the vaunted Tri-Peaks league and average 64.1 points, the highest mark in all of Class 3A basketball.

The Pirates are led by sophomore Josephine Howery who scores 14.9 points per game and senior Makenna Bodette who averages 12.1.

Salida is riding a three-game win streak, including a 39-34 win over No. 4 Manitou Springs at Manitou on Tuesday. The Spartans average 44.1 points  and are led by junior Alejandra Godina (11).

No. 2 Colorado Springs Christian vs. No. 3 Lamar Friday at 7 p.m. at Pueblo Central High School

Scouting Report: It’s a rematch of last year’s state championship game as the Lions take on the Savages. Lamar bested CSCS 24-18 in March but the Lions won the duo’s matchup earlier in the season by a score of 32-28. If these last two contests are any indication this could be a close game.

CSCS averages 60.3 points, led by juniors Megan Engesser (22.2) and Rachel Ingram (15.3). Engesser’s average is second among all players in Class 3A.

Lamar averages 56.4 ppg and is led by sophomore Cali Clark (16.7) and junior Brecken Payne.

No. 4 Manitou Springs vs. No. 8 Florence Friday at 10 a.m. at Pueblo Central High School

Manitou suffered a home loss against Salida on Tuesday and fell into the consolation bracket where the Mustangs must face Florence. The Mustangs were on a six-game winning streak prior to the defeat.

The Mustangs defeated the Huskies Feb. 8 with a 57-44 victory at home.  The winner of the game would go on to face either Buena Vista or The Vanguard School.

Leading the Mustangs in scoring is senior Maren Mildestvedt (16.9) and junior Caileen Sienknecht (12.1) Manitou Springs averages 46.2 points.  

Florence averages 36.5 points and is led by seniors Elle Eagles (6.9) and Erika Little (6.8).

No. 6 The Vanguard School vs. No. 7 Buena Vista Friday 1 p.m. at Pueblo Central High School

Scouting Report: After winning a play-in game against Rye, The Vanguard School’s district tournament run ended in the first round against defending 3A state champion Lamar. The loss sets up a contest against the Demons.  

The last time The Vanguard School played Buena Vista, the Coursers beat the Demons by a slim 62-61 margin.

Buena Vista scores 48.1 points a game and is led by senior Kassie Schell (16.2) and sophomore Mady McFee (10.7). The Coursers average 43.8 points  with freshman Alexis Garcia as their leading scorer (13.8).

Class 2A

No. 1 Simla vs. No. 4 Colorado Springs School Friday 4 p.m. at the City Auditorium

Scouting Report: The Colorado Springs School Kodiaks have won eight of their past nine. That one loss? It came at the hands of the Simla Cubs who won 51-32 Feb. 10. The Cubs and Kodiaks face off again Friday.

Simla is 19-1 overall and have a perfect 8-0 record in the District 8 league.

The Cubs score 55.6 points per game and are led by senior Jerraldawn Rector (10.9) and junior Kegan Hamacher (9.3).

The Kodiaks socre 48.4 points per game and are led by seniors Natalie Richardi (11.8), Ali Graham (11.4) and freshman Whitney Richardi (10.5).

No. 2 Ellicott and No. 3 Calhan Friday 7 p.m. at the City Auditorium

Scouting Report: The No. 2 and 3 teams in the District tournament face off Friday. Ellicott won the previous matchup between the two 52-48 at Calhan.

The Bulldogs average 49 points and are led by seniors Brittany Fuchs (12.3) and Sierra Knox (10.7) as well as Bailee Carter (10.6).

Ellicott averages 49.1 points with seniors Graciela Donez (12.9) and Devinne Larreau (11.5).

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Class 3A

No.1 The Vanguard School vs. No. 5 Manitou Springs Friday 5:30 p.m. at Pueblo Central High School

Scouting Report: The Coursers are the cream of the crop when it comes to the 3A Tri-Peaks League. The Vanguard School has an 18-2 overall record and a 11-0 record in league play. The Coursers beat the Mustangs 63-55 earlier in the month.

The Mustangs are 13-8 with a 6-5 league record. Manitou Springs is on a three-game winning streak.   

The Coursers average 74.5 points, the highest mark in 3A basketball. Junior Seth Fuqua averages 24.9 points. Sophomore Dominique Clifford scores 13.3 points per game.     

Manitou Springs averages 59.2 points, led by senior Cole Sienknecht (23.8).

No. 2 Colorado Springs Christian vs. No. 6 La Junta Friday 8:30 p.m. at Pueblo Central High School

Scouting Report: CSCS is looking to get back on top following a third-place finish last year after winning back-to-back state championships in 2015 and 2016. The district championships are the beginning of the road to the state title and Colorado Springs Christian faces a tough opponent in  La Junta in the second round.

La Junta beat CSCS 50-38 back in January. The Tigers have won five of their last six games. The Lions are on a six-game winning streak.

CSCS scores 62.1 points per game. The Lions are led by junior Kolby Walker (15.2) and senior Noah Hopkins (14.4).

La Junta averages 49.3 points  and is led by junior Jon Nuschy (11.3) senior Dyson Oquist (10).

No. 3 St. Mary’s vs. No. 7 Lamar Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Pueblo Central High School

Scouting Report: St. Mary’s fell at home to La Junta and Lamar was defeated at CSCS Tuesday. 

The Savages beat the Pirates 64-60 at home earlier in the season.

St. Mary’s averages 64.3 points, led by juniors Gabe Calhoun (13.3) and seniors Tyler Englert (13.1) and Camden Raedel (11.2). Lamar averages 54.6 points and is led by seniors Valentin Flores (14.4) and Brock Murphy (13.2).

Class 2A

No. 1 Calhan vs. No. 4 Ellicott TBD
Scouting Report: The Calhan Bulldogs are riding a five-game win streak into the second round of the District 8 Basketball tournament.

The Bulldogs have a perfect 8-0 league record and defeated the Ellicott Thunderhawks 73-44 on Feb. 10.

Calhan scores 59.8 points per game. Seniors Charles Sparks (14.1) and Ben Kelly (13.4) lead the Bulldogs.  

Ellicott’s team stats were unavailable.  

No. 2 Simla vs. No. 3 Evangelical Christian Friday at 8 p.m. at City Auditorium

The Simla Cubs will square off against the Evangelical Christian Eagles in a big showdown Friday. The Eagles have won six straight, their last loss came at the hands of the Cubs Feb. 2 in a 47-39 defeat.

The Cubs average 55.2 points, led by juniors Joel George (13.6) and Cole Mitchell
(10.8).

The Eagles are led by seniors Justin Holt (15.4) and Cameron Rawlings (10.7) and average 56.4 points.