Saturday's prep roundup: Sienknecht helps Manitou Springs boys advance in Tri-Peaks playoffs

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Manitou Springs 61, Florence 36

At Manitou Springs: Cole Sienknecht found his touch from long range, hitting five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 19 points to help fifth-seeded Manitou Springs past No. 12 Florence in a Tri-Peaks League play-in game.

The Mustangs (12-8) will travel to meet No. 4 Salida at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinal round.

Eli Stephens scored 15 points, and Joey Allen added 11 for Manitou Springs, which made 10 3-point shots and just nine from inside the arc.

The Mustangs, down 13-9 after one quarter, broke the game open with a 22-6 run heading into halftime.

Lamar 63, James Irwin 55

At Lamar: Nathaniel Plaisted's game-high 25 points weren't enough as James Irwin was outscored 14-5 down the stretch and suffered a season-ending loss to Lamar in a 3A Tri-Peaks League play-in game.

Just eight days earlier, the Jaguars (4-15) were blown out, 76-42 at home to the same Savages (11-9).

"They pulled together in the fourth quarter, and we didn't answer the bell," James Irwin coach Anthony Byrd said. "But we were right there this time, which was a total turnaround when we played them earlier."

The Jaguars, the 10th-seed, led the seventh-seeded Savages 50-49 entering the fourth quarter but struggled after leading rebounder Tavi Mulitauopele fouled out.

Matthew Skalicky scored 12 points, and Jesimiel Kelly added 11 for James Irwin.

Lamar next will play No. 2 Colorado Springs Christian School (13-6) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

ECA 65, Miami-Yoder 53

At Rush: Jason Holt had the first double-digit effort of his career in a 25-point explosion to lead Evangelical Christian Academy to its fifth straight win.

Holt, a sophomore whose previous best was a nine-point output on Dec. 15 against Custer County, shot 8 of 13 from the field - including three of four 3-pointers - along with 11 free throws in 17 attempts.

Justin Holt, Jason's older brother, added 12 points, and Cameron Rawlings scored 10 as the Eagles (14-5, 6-2 2A Black Forest League) broke out to an 18-5 lead in the first quarter.


Vanguard 43, Rye 23

At The Vanguard School: A second-half surge boosted No. 6 The Vanguard School past No. 11 Rye in a 3A Tri-Peaks League play-in game.

The Coursers (13-6), who struggled to 13 first-half points, had 30 after halftime to break open a close game.

Vanguard advanced to the quarterfinals, where a Tuesday matchup with No. 3-seed and defending 3A state champion Lamar (16-3) awaits.

Florence 37, Trinidad 29

At Florence: Florence pulled away late, scoring 10 of the game's final 12 points to put away Trinidad and help the Huskies advance to the Tri-Peaks League quarterfinals.

Florence (11-9), ranked ninth, will play at top-seeded St. Mary's (19-0) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Buena Vista 71, James Irwin 31

At Buena Vista: A 29-2 run to start the game was more than enough for Buena Vista, which moved into the Tri-Peaks League quarterfinals and ended James Irwin's season.

Krystina Hagood led the No. 10 Jaguars (4-15) with 17 points.

Buena Vista (8-11), seeded No. 7, next matches up against No. 2 CSCS (16-3) at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Ellicott 67, Dolores Huerta Prep 26

At Ellicott: One day after narrowly missing out on a league title, Ellicott rebounded to end its regular season on a high note as the Thunderhawks went on a 24-6 run to start the game and overwhelmed Dolores Huerta Prep. On Friday, Ellicott (15-4, 7-1 2A Black Forest) suffered a 68-64 loss to Simla as both brought undefeated league marks into the game.


Regis Jesuit 10, Lewis-Palmer 0

At Monument Ice Rinks: Regis scored six times in the second period to blow the game open, sending Lewis-Palmer (3-15-1, 1-12-1 Foothills) to a season-ending loss.

Addison Zeich stopped 37 of 47 shots for the Rangers, including 20 in the first period to keep the Raiders close at only 1-0 through the first 17 minutes.

That all changed in the second period, then Luke Dosen and Wyatt Verity scored 11 seconds apart to widen the lead to 3-0, then Shane Ott and Verity had goals in a nine-second span to make it 5-0 just past the halfway mark of the period.

Crested Butte 9, Palmer 3

At Gunnison: Kyle Moore had two goals, and Sean Bolduc had a staggering 51 saves, but neither was nearly enough in a blowout loss to Crested Butte that ended the Terrors' season.

Moore's first goal cut the Titans' lead to 2-1 with 2:12 left in the first period. He added another in the game's final seconds.

Will Stone also scored for Palmer (1-18, 1-15 Highlands), which was outshot 60-8.

Chaparral 10, Woodland Park 0

At Honnen: Woodland Park's inaugural season ended with a shutout loss to Chaparral, another team making its Colorado high school debut this season.

Bobby Costello came up with 40 saves for the Panthers (1-18), who managed only nine shots on goal.