(22) Lewis-Palmer 34, (11) Centaurus 33
At Lafayette: There was a time, not terribly long ago, when Lewis-Palmer struggled to win even one game.
Look at the Rangers now, one of 16 teams still alive in the 4A girls’ tournament.
Arianna Blowe scored 13 points, Sami Tucker added 12, and Lewis-Palmer held off a late Centaurus charge to advance to Tuesday’s game at Evergreen.
“The ladies settled themselves after a few turnovers and dug in on the defensive side to limit the opportunities,” L-P coach Kristy Youngpeter said. “That’s a tough team who never let up.”
The Rangers (17-8), who went 1-22 three seasons ago, led 21-9 at halftime and 31-20 heading into the fourth quarter, then withstood a potential game-winning shot at the buzzer.
(20) Sierra 55, (13) Mead 41
At Longmont: Aubrey Robinson poured in a game-high 26 points, and Sierra held Mead to single-digit scoring in two quarters as the Stallions punched their ticket to the 4A round of 16 for the third time in the past eight seasons.
“We played great team defense in the first and third quarters,” Sierra coach Joe Williams said.
The Stallions (17-8), down 21-19 at halftime, took control in the third quarter with a 20-7 run.
Sierra will travel to No. 4 Windsor on Tuesday.
(1) Fruita Monument 58, (33) Fountain-Fort Carson 44
At Fruita: Top-seeded Fruita Monument flexed its muscles after a sluggish start, eliminating Fountain-Fort Carson in a 5A second-round game to offset a 14-point effort from Trojans junior Samiyah Worrell.
The Trojans (12-13) trailed only 25-20 at halftime.
(2) Holy Family 56, (34) Sand Creek 45
At Broomfield: Conner Proctor led three scorers in double figures with 15 points as Sand Creek carried a two-point lead into the fourth quarter but managed only five points over the final eight minutes as Holy Family rallied to advance to the 4A round of 16.
“It was definitely a position we hadn’t seen ourselves in enough throughout the season for it to be comfortable,” first-year Scorpions coach Payden Goldberg said. “Our girls have such fight, and have come back from double-digit deficits late in games, but this was new territory. Offensively, we felt the pressure and took quick shots and rushed possessions.”
Nikki Derrell added 14 points, while Jalen Davis chipped in 13 for Sand Creek (11-14), who led 40-38 after three quarters after trailing 27-22 at halftime.
Earlier this week, the Scorpions rallied for a road win at Montrose in the first round.
(2) Lakewood 75, (34) Vista Ridge 40
At Lakewood: Vista Ridge (10-15) stayed close early, but Lakewood used an 11-0 run in the second quarter to take control and cruise to a 5A second-round win.
The Tigers (21-3) outscored the Wolves 44-20 between the second and third quarters.
Kaley Tubbs had 11 points for Vista Ridge, which trailed only 13-9 after the first quarter.
(15) Dakota Ridge 69, (18) Liberty 47
At Littleton: Dakota Ridge outscored Liberty 23-10 in the fourth quarter to break the game open as the Eagles ended the Lancers’ most successful season in school history.
Liberty, which trailed 46-37 after three quarters, finished 18-7.
(9) Mountain Vista 59, (24) Rampart 48
At Highlands Ranch: A 19-5 third-quarter advantage broke open a close game as Mountain Vista (18-6) advanced to the round of 16 by beating Rampart (11-14).
The Golden Eagles held a slim, 25-22 lead at halftime.
(12) Fairview 69, (21) Pine Creek 52
At Boulder: Kate Ogrodny and Bri Bailey both scored in double digits, but Pine Creek (13-12) couldn’t weather the storm early, falling behind by double figures and never recovering.
Fairview (19-5) built a 22-11 lead after one quarter.
(1) Pueblo West 87, (33) Cheyenne Mountain 57
At Pueblo West: Maya Sanchez scored a game-high 25 points to pace four scorers in double figures as top-seeded Pueblo West used a 27-13 second-quarter run to seize control in a 4A second-round rout of Cheyenne Mountain.
Selena Vargas had 16 points to lead the Indians (8-16), who kept pace through one quarter, trailing only 12-10.
(14) Rifle 45, (19) Discovery Canyon 32
At Rifle: Discovery Canyon couldn’t find its scoring touch, matching its lowest offensive output of the season in a second-round loss to Rifle.
Ashten Prechtel had a team-high 15 points for the Thunder (15-9), who trailed 21-15 at halftime but saw that deficit grow to 13 after scoring only two points in the third quarter.
(7) D’Evelyn 52, (26) TCA 38
At Denver: TCA (17-8) trailed from the start and never could catch seventh-seeded D’Evelyn.
The Jaguars led 12-7 after one quarter and stretched the advantage to 29-19 by halftime.
(1) St. Mary’s 50, (5) Salida 29
At Pueblo Central: Thanks to a 16-3 run in the second quarter, St. Mary’s broke away from Salida and ran its winning streak to 21 games in a 3A Tri-Peaks League tournament semifinal victory.
The Pirates held a slim 9-7 lead over the Spartans (12-10) after the game’s first eight minutes before taking control.
(2) CSCS 42, (3) Lamar 34
At Pueblo Central: CSCS beat the reigning 3A state champs for a second time, setting up a rematch Saturday with St. Mary’s for the 3A Tri-Peaks tournament title.
The Lions (18-3) lost to St. Mary’s 44-41 on Feb. 9 for their only setback to a 3A opponent. Earlier, CSCS lost to Pueblo West and Fruita Monument, who ultimately became the top-seeded teams in the 4A and 5A brackets, respectively.
Vanguard 72, Manitou Springs 71
At Pueblo Central: Vanguard (19-2) continued its historic season, holding off Manitou Springs and qualifying for its first 3A Tri-Peaks League tournament championship game.
The Coursers built a 67-59 lead with 4:01 remaining before the Mustangs (13-9), led by 26 points from Cole Sienknecht, nearly overcame the deficit.
Vanguard will meet second-seeded CSCS (15-6) in Saturday’s final.
Former Cheyenne Mountain coach dies
Terry Gilmore, the boys’ lacrosse coach at Cheyenne Mountain from 2007-10 and two-time Gazette Preps coach of the year, died Monday. He was 60.
His death was confirmed by Kris Roberts, the school’s athletic director and assistant principal.
Gilmore, an All-American at Ohio State, later was an assistant at Pine Creek from 2011-13 and Colorado College in 2014 and also coached teams in area youth development lacrosse programs.