Friday's prep roundup: Lewis-Palmer gets big boys' basketball conference win

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Photo - The Lewis-Palmer Rangers hosted the Vista Ridge Wolves in boys' basketball action on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Lewis-Palmer High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
The Lewis-Palmer Rangers hosted the Vista Ridge Wolves in boys' basketball action on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Lewis-Palmer High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Lewis-Palmer 76, Sand Creek 62

At Sand Creek: In a battle of top-three teams in the 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, Lewis-Palmer (12-4, 6-2) handed Pikes Peak 4A No. 1 Sand Creek (14-3, 6-2) its third loss of the season to keep pace at the top of the league.

Lewis-Palmer finished both halves with a burst, scoring 26 points in both the second and fourth quarters, outscoring Sand Creek by 27 points in those frames.

Sophomore Joel Scott and senior Angelo Battistelli both had huge games for Lewis-Palmer, as the they each scored 24 points.

Senior D'shawn Schwartz had 26 points in the loss for Sand Creek.

It was the second loss in four days for Sand Creek, which fell to conference leader Vista Ridge Tuesday night. The win was the eighth in a row for Lewis-Palmer.

Discovery Canyon 70, Air Academy 55

At Discovery Canyon: The struggles continued for Air Academy (1-16, 0-8 5A/4A Pikes Peak) as Discovery Canyon (6-10, 3-5) beat the Kadets.

Air Academy held a 29-23 lead at halftime, but Discovery Canyon exploded for 47 points in the second half to win.

Four players scored in double figures for Discovery Canyon. Senior Josh Umiamaka scored 15 points, sophomore Zach Anderson had 14, senior Britt Logan scored 13 and senior Malik Scott added 11 in the win.

Vista Ridge 61, Falcon 38

At Vista Ridge: After starting the season 3-4, Pikes Peak 5A No. 2 Vista Ridge (13-4, 6-0 5A/4A Pikes Peak) got its tenth win in a row with the victory over Falcon (7-9, 2-4).

An 18-point second quarter and a 23-point third quarter proved to be decisive for Vista Ridge, and Falcon couldn't keep up.

Seniors Hunter Maldonado and Noah Beatty were a dynamic duo for Vista Ridge, as both scored 24 points. The two leading scorers for the Wolves, Maldonado averages 24 points per game and Beatty drops in 12 points per contest.

Maldonado did a little bit of everything for Vista Ridge, as he also had five assists, three rebounds, two steals, and a block.

Falcon was led by senior Morisse Daniels (13 points) and junior Reece Warren (11 points).

Fountain-Fort Carson 64, Palmer 51

At Palmer: After a 68-60 defeat in the first matchup between the two teams on Jan. 4, Fountain-Fort Carson (6-11, 2-4) exacted a bit of revenge with the win over Palmer (4-14, 1-6).

Freshman Keyshawn Maltbia led the charge for Fountain-Fort Carson with 14 points, while seniors Celestino Lucero and Eldonda Davis both had 10.

Three players handled most of the scoring for Palmer - sophomore Isaiah Robinson and senior Dom Jackson both finished with 17 points and senior Joey Stone had 16.

Fountain-Fort Carson outscored Palmer 22-8 in the third quarter.

Pikes Peak Christian 48, Edison 30

At Edison: Pikes Peak Christian (4-5, 1-1 1A District 7) scored the first eight points, jumped out to an 11-point lead by halftime and held on from there against Edison (2-10, 2-2).

ICE HOCKEY

Aspen 5, Pine Creek 1

At Sertich Ice Center: Two goals in each of the first two periods proved the difference as Aspen (5-6-1) took down Pine Creek (2-11-1). The Skiers poured 63 shots on the Pine Creek goaltending duo of Wyatt Kiewicz (42 saves) and Jacob Benton (16 saves).

The lone goal for the Eagles came in the second period, when Trevor Porter notched his first goal of the season. Pine Creek went 0-for-5 on power play opportunities.

Cheyenne Mountain 8, Doherty 2

At Honnen: Pikes Peak No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain (9-4-1) pulled away in the second and third periods to beat Doherty (2-11). Leading 2-1 at the first intermission, the Indians scored three goals in both of the next two frames.

Shawn Herlihy and Brian Suslow each had two goals for Cheyenne Mountain, while Anthony Hervias and Dylan Sater tallied for Doherty.

Canyon Abraham had 10 saves for Cheyenne Mountain and Brandon Zerwick finished with 12 saves for Doherty in the loss.

After losing its first nine games, Doherty had won two of its last three before the loss to Cheyenne Mountain.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Evangelical Christian Academy 42, Calhan 40

At ECA: Senior Amanda Bost hit a lay-up at the end of the game to give ECA (9-2, 2-1 2A Black Forest) the close win over Pikes Peak 3A & Below No. 3 Calhan (9-3, 3-2).

Both teams pressed basically the whole game. That led to some foul trouble for ECA, which doesn't have a very deep bench, according to coach Bruce Beers.

"That was gut-check time for our girls," he said.

But ECA dealt with the pressure, matching Calhan with 16 points in the final quarter on the way to the victory. The Eagles were led by senior Maria Gergen (16 points) and Bost, who finished with 11 points.

Junior Brittany Fuchs knocked down five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points to lead Calhan.

"Calhan played great, they played really tough," Beers said. "We were fortunate to win."

Pine Creek 62, Coronado 16

At Pine Creek: The Eagles had a balanced scoring attack as Pine Creek (11-5, 4-1 5A Colorado Springs Metro) ran away from Coronado (3-14, 0-6).

Senior Spencer Lindsey had 12 points and junior Kate Ogrodny added 11 as nine different players scored for Pine Creek in the win.

Cheyenne Mountain 54, Palmer Ridge 50

At Palmer Ridge: Palmer Ridge (10-7, 4-4 5A/4A Pikes Peak) took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter but couldn't hold on as Cheyenne Mountain (7-9, 3-4) got the victory.

Senior Ashlynn Smith had 13 points and junior Vanessa Vargas added 11 in the win for Cheyenne Mountain.

Edison 70, Pikes Peak Christian 20

At Edison: The offense for Pikes Peak Christian (2-7, 0-1) couldn't get off the ground, as the Eagles didn't score until the second quarter in the defeat to Edison (8-4, 3-1).

James Irwin 48, The Vanguard School 41

At James Irwin: Down one point entering the fourth quarter, James Irwin (6-4, 3-2 3A/2A Tri-Peaks) scored 19 points in the frame to get the win over Vanguard (1-11, 0-7).

WRESTLING

Cheyenne Mountain 52, Air Academy 15

At Cheyenne Mountain: In amongst several other victories, Cheyenne Mountain got wins by fall from Rudy Juvera at 132 pounds and Oliver Neumann at 195 pounds as the Indians cruised to the dual meet win.

Air Academy victories came from James Benson at 113 pounds, Benjamin Markworth at 120, Jason Hanenberg at 126 and Brandon Lucero in the 145-pound weight class.