Pikes Peak rankings: 2 top girls' teams battle for No. 1 this week

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Photo - Colorado Springs Christian's Megan Engesser *(left) battles Ramaprt's Shannon Danda during the Rampart Holiday Classic on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Boardmoor World Arena. CSCS defeated the Rams 48-30.
Colorado Springs Christian's Megan Engesser *(left) battles Ramaprt's Shannon Danda during the Rampart Holiday Classic on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Boardmoor World Arena. CSCS defeated the Rams 48-30.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Team records as of Feb. 5

Class 5A

  1. Doherty (16-3)
  2. Liberty (15-5)
  3. Rampart (14-5)

Dropped out: N/A

Breakdown: The Class 5A Pikes Peak rankings are set in stone for at least one more week. No. 3 Rampart has an uphill battle ahead, facing both No. 1 Doherty and No. 2 Liberty this week, but the Rams can prove they’re worth more than a No. 3 ranking with a good showing.

Although Rampart holds the cards against Liberty with two wins over the Lancers this season, MaxPreps has the teams in a deadlock, ranking Liberty at No. 12 in Class 5A thanks to a slightly higher strength-of-schedule ranking, while Rampart comes in at No. 13.

In addition to facing the Rams, Doherty will also take on 5A No. 4 Denver East on Tuesday in arguably the Spartans toughest Class 5A matchup this season.

Class 4A

  1. Lewis-Palmer (17-2)
  2. Falcon (14-5)
  3. Widefield (14-4)

Dropped out: Palmer Ridge (13-6)

Breakdown: After earning its first top-10 Class 4A ranking last week, Widefield broke into the Pikes Peak top 3 for the second time this season. The Gladiators jumped 4A No. 11 Palmer Ridge thanks to their eight-game winning streak. Widefield had a pair of close games last week with a seven-point win over No. 14 Mesa Ridge and a three-point overtime victory over Elizabeth.

Falcon fell to No. 1 Lewis-Palmer last week, but two more wins pushed the Falcons into a top-5 position in Class 4A.

Lewis-Palmer jumped back to the No. 1 spot in Class 4A according to MaxPreps, winning four straight since its two-game skid in January.

Class 3A and below

  1. The Vanguard School (14-2)
  2. Calhan (11-3)
  3. CSCS (11-6)

Dropped out: Evangelical Christian (10-5)

Breakdown: CSCS makes its way back into the Pikes Peak top 3 and looks to close out the regular season strong. The Lions will play their last game before the postseason on Thursday against St. Mary’s. CSCS is fresh off a big 42-point win over Trinidad.

Calhan remains at No. 2 in the Pikes Peak rankings thanks to a huge four-point win over Evangelical Christian last week. The Bulldogs will face another tough opponent this Thursday against Class 2A No. 7 Limon (10-2).

Although the Vanguard School suffered its second loss of the season (to Class 2A No. 1 Crowley County), the Coursers have just two games left in the regular season to make an impact.

The two-point loss to Crowley snapped a 10-game winning streak, but Vanguard will take on Manitou Springs on Tuesday as the team tries to get back to its winning ways.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Team records as of Feb. 5

Class 5A

  1. Doherty (16-3)
  2. Liberty (14-6)
  3. Fountain-Fort Carson (10-9)

Dropped out: N/A

Breakdown: The Pikes Peak No. 1 girls squad will face one of its biggest challenges on Tuesday as the Spartans take on Class 5A No. 14 Denver East. Doherty will try to keep its 12-game winning streak alive.

Liberty is fresh off a loss to Class 4A No. 1 Pueblo West, and will face area rivals Rampart and Pine Creek this week. Both the Eagles (No. 23) and Rams (No. 25) have battled back into the top-25 in Class 5.

Fountain-Fort Carson fell to Liberty and No. 25 Rampart last week, but remains at No. 3 in the Pikes Peak 5A rankings. The Trojans are hanging on as Pine Creek and Rampart are surging to make an appearance in the top 3 before the end of the regular season.

Class 4A

  1. Air Academy (18-1)
  2. Mesa Ridge (16-2)
  3. Widefield (15-4)

Dropped out: N/A

Breakdown: Air Academy and Mesa Ridge continue their winning streaks as the Kadets extending their streak to 15 last week, while the Grizzlies have won 14 straight, including a 24-point win over Elizabeth on Monday to kick off a busy four-game week.

Mesa Ridge will end its busy slate with arguably its biggest test of the season as the Grizzlies face Class 5A No. 6 Lakewood on Saturday.

Widefield lost to Mesa Ridge last week, but made up for it with back-to-back blowout wins, including a 40-point victory over Woodland Park on Monday.

Class 3A and below

  1. St. Mary’s (15-0)
  2. Colorado Springs Christian (14-2)
  3. Calhan (13-1)

Dropped out: N/A

Breakdown: Can St. Mary’s remain atop the Class 3A rankings? We will find out this Friday as the No. 1 Pirates take on No. 2 CSCS in arguably the biggest girls’ basketball matchup of the season. Both St. Mary’s and Colorado Springs Christian will have a week off before the big game, and are both coming off massive wins last weekend.

The Pirates claimed a 48-point victory over Rye on Saturday, while CSCS earned a 45-point win over Trinidad last Friday. The Lions are on a nine-game winning streak, while St. Mary’s remains undefeated.

Class 2A No. 11 Calhan holds firm at No. 3 in the Pikes Peak rankings on a 10-game winning streak. The Bulldogs claimed a close five-point win over No. 27 Peyton last week, and will face Limon, Dolores Huerta Prep and Ellicott this week.