Friday's prep roundup: Vista Ridge, Lewis-Palmer basketball split league title

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Highlights from Friday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.

Boys' Basketball

Lewis-Palmer 67,

Palmer Ridge 53

At Palmer Ridge: Vista Ridge may have collected the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference trophy a couple nights earlier, but after the Wolves fell to Sand Creek on Friday, Lewis-Palmer (19-4, 12-2 5A/4A PPAC) defeated Palmer Ridge (12-11, 6-8) to finish with an identical league record to split the league title with Vista Ridge.

Both teams lost to Sand Creek once and split the series with each other, L-P coach Bill Benton said, adding that Vista Ridge will head into 5A playoffs with a guaranteed playoff berth, as will L-P.

Not a bad showing for the Rangers, who opened conference play with back-to-back losses to Sand Creek and Vista Ridge. Since, they've reeled off 15 consecutive victories.

"We've played a great schedule. Guys have found a way to get some tough wins," Benton said. "We've learned from some tough losses. .

"I think as a coaching staff we knew we would be ready in February."

Joel Scott scored a game-high 26 points, while the Rangers jumped to a 20-10 lead over the Bears. Billy Cook added 14 and Angelo Battistelli 13.

Nick Boldvich led the Bears with 16 points.

Doherty 73,

Fountain-Fort Carson 63

At Fountain-Fort Carson: Brevin Brimble scored a game-high 22 points, Kayden Washington added 16 and Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Doherty (20-3, 12-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) completed its regular season in perfect league fashion with a win over Fountain-Fort Carson (9-14, 5-7).

The Spartans built a 39-25 lead by halftime.

Joseph Golden and Kyrele Benford each notched double-doubles, as Golden scored 11 and grabbed 11 rebounds and Benford added 10 and 10 for the Spartans.

Rampart 85, Coronado 64

At Rampart: After finishing the first quarter tied at 18, Pikes Peak region 5A No. 3 Rampart (17-6, 9-3 5A CSML) outscored Coronado (5-18, 2-10) 45-24 over the second and third quarters to pull away.

The Rams are in line for a first-round bye and a second-round home playoff game after starting the day No. 14 in the RPI.

Coronado was 59th and likely will miss the postseason.

Pine Creek 67, Palmer 60

At Pine Creek: Pine Creek (11-12, 5-7 5A CSML) topped Palmer (6-17, 2-10) to win for just the second time in seven games and notch coach Joe Rausch's 100th career victory.

The Eagles should be into the playoffs after starting the day at No. 37 in RPI. Palmer entered at No. 49, one spot out.

Elbert 58,

Pikes Peak Chr. 49

At Pikes Peak Chr.: Elbert (7-12, 4-0 1A Black Forest League) held off Pikes Peak Christian (8-8, 3-2) in both teams' season finale.

Girls' Basketball

St. Mary's 60,

Liberty Common 41

At St. Mary's: Pikes Peak region 3A No. 2 St. Mary's won a battle of teams ranked in the top five in RPI, blowing out Liberty Common.

The Pirates entered the game at No. 3 in RPI, while Liberty Common was No. 5.

Makenna Bodette led the way for the Pirates, scoring 17 points, Olivia Florek 14 and Mary Cummings 12.

The Pirates held the Eagles to 12 points in the first half.

Palmer Ridge 65,

Lewis-Palmer 37

At Palmer Ridge: Palmer Ridge (13-10, 7-7 5A/4A PPAC) beat rival Lewis-Palmer (10-13, 4-10), holding the Rangers to 12 points in the first half.

Sam Rippley and Regan Mukpik each scored 14 points to lead the Bears, while Eden Bonser added 12.

Kaity Hovasse led the Rangers with 12.

Doherty 61,

Fountain-Fort Carson 42

At Fountain-Fort Carson: Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Doherty (22-1, 12-0 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) will head into the postseason riding a 14-game winning streak after completing the regular season with a win over Fountain-Fort Carson (5-18, 2-10).

The Spartans started the day as the No. 7 seed according to the RPI.

The Trojans were No. 51, on the outside of the playoffs looking in as the top 48 teams in 5A and 4A qualify for the postseason.

Pine Creek 58, Palmer 42

At Palmer: After falling behind by seven by halftime, Pikes Peak 5A No. 2 Pine Creek (17-6, 10-2 5A CSML) turned it up, outscoring Palmer (9-13, 4-8) 21-7 in the third quarter and 17-8 in the fourth.

The Eagles are looking for a first-round bye as they entered the day No. 13 in RPI, which would also garner them a second-round home game. Palmer was sitting at No. 35.

Discovery Canyon 42, Falcon 35

At Discovery Canyon:Emma List scored 13 points and sophomore Ashten Prechtel added 12 points and nine assists to help Discovery Canyon (16-7, 12-2 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) top Falcon (16-7, 9-5).

The Thunder were ranked No. 13 in RPI, while Falcon was 18.

Discovery Canyon led 25-16 at half, but saw that lead dwindle to five heading into the fourth.

Elbert 45,

Pikes Peak Christian 16

At Elbert: Pikes Peak Christian (4-12, 1-4 1A Black Forest) was stifled in its final regulars-season game, as Elbert (8-11, 4-1) held the Eagles to single digits in all four quarters, including zero in the second.

Rampart 42, Coronado 38

At Coronado: Rampart (10-13, 7-5 5A CSML) did enough to hold off Coronado (3-20, 0-12) in the season finale for both teams.

The Rams are securely in playoff position, entering the day No. 24 in RPI. Coronado is likely out at No. 58.


Air Academy 6,

Standley Lake 3

At Promenade: Anthony Ciolli scored twice and had two assists to lead Air Academy (7-12, 5-9) to its four consecutive victory with a win over Standley Lake (4-14, 3-10), leaving the Kadets with playoff hopes.

Ciolli scored 5:12 into the game to put the Kadets up 1-0, had assists to help Air Academy go up 4-2 and 5-2 before closing the scoring.

Ethan Kalbfleisch and Gavin Gray each had a goal and assist.

The Kadets defense held the Gators to 18 shots on goal.

The top 24 teams qualify for the postseason. Entering the day Air Academy sat at No. 26 in the RPI standings, while Standley Lake was 23.

Cheyenne Mountain 7, Rampart 0

At Honnen: Pikes Peak region No. 1 Cheyenne Mountain (10-6-1) won its penultimate game against Rampart (6-12) to keep the Indians in the hunt to host a postseason home game.

Shawn Herlihy scored twice and added an assist and Canyon Abraham turned away all 22 shots the Rams put on goal.

Seeds Nos. 9-16 host first-round games. The Indians started the day ranked No. 19 in RPI. The Indians play their season finale against Pikes Peak region No. 2 and RPI No. 17 Lewis-Palmer on Saturday at Honnen at 4 p.m.

Rampart, which concluded its season with the loss, was No. 22 and hoping to reach the postseason as one of the top 24 teams.