Tri-Peaks girls’ championship previews a potential state-title clash
(12) Liberty 57, (44) Monarch 52
At Liberty: The Lancers are on their way to the Class 5A Sweet 16 thanks to a five-point win in their tournament opener against Monarch.
The bye week didn’t slow down Liberty as the Lancers took off outscoring Monarch 13-8 in the first quarter, but the Coyotes kept it close from there.
Moz Doria led Liberty with a double-double scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Sean Bohuslavsky had 15 for the Lancers, followed by his older brother Kyle who had 11.
Liberty will move on to face No. 5 George Washington on Wednesday in the third round.
(5) Longmont 76, (28) Cheyenne Mountain 46
At Longmont: Cheyenne Mountain’s run at a state title ended in the second round with a 30-point loss to No. 5 Longmont. The Indians beat No. 37 Thompson Valley in the first round and conclude their season with a 10-15 record.
Widefield built an early 11-point lead only to see it nearly dissolve by halftime. The Gladiators did a much better job the second time around.
(22) Mesa Ridge 67, (11) Glenwood Springs 48
At Glenwood Springs: Mesa Ridge used a fast start to upset No. 11 Glenwood Springs as the Grizzlies punch their ticket to the Sweet 16.
Mesa Ridge outscored the Demons 32- 24 in the first half, and concluded the dominant victory with a 33-24 edge in the final 16 minutes.
The Grizzlies will move on to face Pueblo West on Wednesday.
He never yelled. Never screamed, never shouted, never so much as shot one of those steely coaches glares at one of his guys. Not once in 32 basketball minutes on Saturday night did Bill Benton even raise his voice.
(6) Pueblo West 72, (38) Discovery Canyon 63
At Pueblo West: Discovery Canyon remained consistent throughout its second-round matchup against Pueblo West, but unfortunately for the Thunder, so did the Cyclones. Pueblo West outscored Discovery Canyon by five points in each of the middle two frames to earn a comfortable lead, and ultimately a trip to the Sweet 16.
Discovery Canyon outscored the Cyclones 24-21 in the final frame but it was not enough to eliminate the deficit. The Thunder complete their season with a record of 11-15.
Vanguard 58, CSCS 43
At Pueblo Central: Dominique Clifford scored a team-high 24 points for Vanguard on the way to a 3A Tri-Peaks championship win over CSCS. Tyler Wheeler-Temple had 11 points for the Coursers, while Seth Fuqua scored 14, including a 4-for-4 performance at the line in the fourth quarter.
Caleb Stockton was the Lions’ lone double-figure scorer with 10 points.
La Junta 50, Manitou Springs 48
At Pueblo Central: A pair of foul shots in the final 2.9 seconds of regulation gave La Junta the edge it needed to claim a third-place finish in the 3A Tri-Peaks tournament.
Class 2A District 8
Ellicott 54, Evangelical Christian 41
At City Auditorium: Ellicott outscored Evangelical Christian 14-8 in the second quarter, creating a deficit that ECHS could not eliminate.
Simla 62, Calhan 54, OT
At City Auditorium: No. 1 Calhan fell to No. 2 Simla in the District 8 consolation game after the Cubs forced overtime, outscoring the Bulldogs 12-9 in the fourth quarter. Simla then used that momentum to outscore Calhan 11-3 in the overtime period.
Simla 45, Ellicott 29
At City Auditorium: Simla shut Ellicott out in the first quarter on the way to a decisive District 8 championship win.
After putting up no points in the first, however, the Eagles outscored Simla 16-8 in the second, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap.
Calhan 50, Colorado Springs School 43
At City Auditorium: Colorado Springs School outscored Calhan 22-14 in the final eight minutes as the Kodiaks attempted to complete a comeback in the District 8 consolation game, but Calhan held strong to earn the win.
After trailing by two after the first quarter Calhan outscored CSS 28-11 in the middle two frames.
Brittany Fuchs led the Bulldogs with 17 points, followed by Sierra Knox with 12.