Saturday's prep roundup: Doherty's run for a 5A boys' basketball title ends on last-second shot

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Photo - The Doherty Spartans defeated the Palmer Terrors 66-53 in boys' basketball on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Doherty High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
The Doherty Spartans defeated the Palmer Terrors 66-53 in boys' basketball on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Doherty High School. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

BOYS' BASKETBALL

CLASS 5A

(2) ThunderRidge 45, (7) Doherty 43

At Denver Coliseum: Doherty’s stellar season came to an end Saturday in the 5A state tournament.

For the second time since 2016, the Spartans exited the state playoffs in the round of eight, but for Doherty, this loss in the waning seconds could stick around for a while.

With 11 seconds on the clock, Doherty’s Kyrele Benford made a shot from beyond the arc, which took a big bounce off the top of the rim and fell in to even the score against No. 2 ThunderRidge.

In the remaining seconds ThunderRidge worked its way back down the court. Kaison Hammonds fed the ball to Bailey Verk, who reached up for the game-winning layup with 1.2 seconds on the clock.

Doherty finished the year 21-5.

CLASS 4A

(5) Longmont 62, (4) Falcon 54

(10) Widefield @ (2) Lewis-Palmer

CLASS 3A

(12) Lutheran 68, (5) Vanguard 50

At James Irwin: Vanguard’s fast start proved detrimental for the Coursers, who ran out of steam in the second half and fell to No. 12 Lutheran in the second round of the Class 3A state tournament.

Vanguard put up a nine-point lead in the first quarter, scoring 26 points in the first eight minutes, but after the break the Coursers were held to just 10 points in the second half, all the while Lutheran eliminated the deficit and put up an 18-point edge.

Vanguard finishes its historic season at 21-3.

(20) Colorado Academy 62, (29) St. Mary’s 57

At Platte Valley: After an impressive upset over No. 4 Platte Valley on Friday, St. Mary’s fell in the second round to No. 20 Colorado Academy.

The Pirates conclude their season 11-13.

CLASS 2A

Ellicott 55, Calhan 49, OT

At Ellicott: Regulation was not enough to decide the 2A Region 7 championship, but after one overtime period, No. 7 Ellicott reigned victorious over area rival Calhan.

Ellicott eliminated a six-point deficit in the second quarter to rack up a 26-14 edge at the half, but Calhan found a spark in the fourth quarter, outscoring Ellicott 23-6 to force overtime.

The Thunderhawks scored nine points in extra time to lock in the region title. Chiante Stewart had four points in overtime, followed by Kyler Ager who scored three in the extra frame.

Yuma 59, Evangelical Christian 31

At Yuma: Evangelical Christian settled for second in the 2A Region 2 tournament, falling to No. 2 Yuma in the title game.

The Eagles are 17-7.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

CLASS 3A

(4) Colorado Springs Christian 63, (13) Eaton 23

At CSCS: The Lions racked up a 32-12 lead in the first half on the way to a statement second-round win over No. 13 Eaton.

Megan Engesser dropped 32 points for the Lions, thanks in part to six 3-pointers. Rachel Ingram also reached double figures with 13 points.

Eight Eaton players scored in the second-round game, but the CSCS defense held them to fewer than six points each.

Colorado Springs Christian will move on to play No. 5 Centauri on Thursday in the quarterfinals at the University of Denver.

(3) St. Mary’s 64, (19) Salida 37

At St. Mary’s: The Pirates continued to roll over the competition in the second round of the 3A girls tournament, earning a 27-point win over No. 19 Salida.

No. 3 St. Mary’s will move on to play No. 6 Cedaredge on Thursday at the University of Denver in the round of 8.

(5) Centauri 55, (12) Manitou Springs 40

At Centauri: After a comfortable upset on Friday in the first round, Manitou Springs came out to challenge No. 5 Centauri, but fell short in a 15-point loss.

The Mustangs end their season 15-9.