Thursday's prep roundup: Chloe Welch's all-around effort leads Mesa Ridge girls past Pueblo South

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GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Mesa Ridge 67, Pueblo South 48

At Palmer: Chloe Welch narrowly missed a triple-double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to pace Mesa Ridge past Pueblo South, the 4A runner-up last March, in action from the Terror Invitational.

The Grizzlies (1-0) took control after a 13-4 run to start the second half to expand a slim lead into a 45-28 advantage.

Angelina Jackson added 14 points for Mesa Ridge, while Ashley Bowen pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with six points.

Mesa Ridge has won three straight in the series after the Colts took three of the first four.

Cheyenne Mountain 37, Glenwood Springs 35 (OT)

At Aurora: Selena Vargas gave Cheyenne Mountain the lead for good with two free throws in overtime, helping the Indians give coach Ben Sherman a win in his coaching debut in opening-round action at the Vista Peak Bison Bash.

Cheyenne Mountain next will meet Greeley Central, a 53-52 victor over host Vista Peak, at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Senior Vanessa Vargas led the Indians with 12 points, while Selena, a sophomore, had 11.

"We started out pretty well and only allowed nine points in the first half, so that was ideal," Sherman said. "Then we gave up 16 in the third quarter and they got a little lead, but we stuck with them and were able to send it into overtime. It was a good win."

Widefield 59, Lewis-Palmer 57

At Widefield: Aaliyah Ricketts led three scorers in double figures with 16 points to lead Widefield to a season-opening win over Lewis-Palmer (1-1).

Charisse Fairley added 14 points and Shynesti Johnson chipped in with 10 for the Gladiators, who closed out the Rangers with a 20-9 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Kaity Hovasse led Lewis-Palmer with 18 points.

Doherty 42, Bear Creek 31

At Doherty: Doherty forced 18 turnovers and limited Bear Creek to 24-percent shooting (9 of 38) from the floor as the Spartans, who went 24-2 last season and reached the 5A quarterfinals, won their season opener.

 

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Manitou Springs 71, Custer County 32

At Manitou Springs: The departure of eight seniors left plenty of opportunities for the next leaders at Manitou Springs.

For one night, it seemed like business as usual for a squad that went 22-3 last year and reached the quarterfinals of the 3A state tournament.

Cole Sienknecht, the team's lone returning starter, scored a game-high 21 points, and new starters Jace Gwynn, Hunter Zentz and Zach Perry-Perkins also hit double figures as the Mustangs routed Custer County.

Gwynn scored 13 points, while Zentz and Perry-Perkins added 10 apiece for Manitou Springs, who scored 22 of the second quarter's 24 total points to take a commanding 35-8 lead into intermission.

Rangeview 70, Mesa Ridge 64

At Highlands Ranch: Jodaun Dotson's 19 points led four scorers in double figures, and Rangeview used a 30-15 run in the second quarter to take the lead for good and hold off Mesa Ridge to spoil the coaching debut of Yantz Robinson at the Highlands Ranch Best of Colorado tournament.

Robinson previously led the Coronado girls' program for the past three seasons before replacing Paul Mileto, who left Mesa Ridge last offseason to take over the boys' program at Fountain-Fort Carson.

Harrison 68, Air Academy 63

At Pueblo County: Orlando Westbrook scored a team-high 20 points, and Donta Dawson was right behind with 19 to help Harrison (1-1) overcome an early deficit and down Air Academy (0-1). The Kadets led 15-11 after one quarter but were outscored by 12 points over the span of the second and third quarters.

Lewis-Palmer 69, D'Evelyn 50

At Golden: Matthew Ragsdale exploded for 25 points, and Carter Kreischer added 15 as Lewis-Palmer pulled away from D'Evelyn in opening-day action at the D'Evelyn/Golden Preview Classic. The Rangers (2-0) outscored the Jaguars 36-20 in the second half.

Cheyenne Mountain 81, Glenwood Springs 70

At Aurora: Cheyenne Mountain rallied from 13 points down to open the season with a victory in first-round action from the Vista PEAK Bison Bash.

The Indians trailed 24-13 after one quarter, but outscored the Demons 37-22 between the second and third quarters to take a four-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Resurrection Christian 55, TCA 52

At Pueblo County: For the second year in a row, TCA hung tough against one of the state's elite 3A teams, only to fall short. Last year, Resurrection Christian started a 23-game winning streak with a 75-66 win in opening-round action of the Pueblo County-hosted boys' tournament.

 

GIRLS' SWIMMING AND DIVING

Cheyenne Mountain 160, Coronado 113

At Cheyenne Mountain: Hannah Stevens touched first in the 200 and 500 freestyle for Cheyenne Mountain, the defending 4A state team champions. The Indians claimed first in eight of the 12 events.

Mia Shaeffer highlighted the day for Coronado, taking individual titles in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley and swimming the opening leg on the winning 200 free relay.

Lewis-Palmer 189, Air Academy 126

At Rampart: Kailee Sunada took first in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle races for Lewis-Palmer, which won nine of the day's 12 events in a dual win over Air Academy. Marie Cloonan (100 backstroke) and Aleks Olesiak (50 free) registered individual wins for Air Academy.

 

WRESTLING

Lewis-Palmer 42, Elizabeth 41

At Lewis-Palmer: Six pins, including three in the first minute - along with a forfeit - gave Lewis-Palmer a one-point dual win over Elizabeth. Brothers Skyler (106 pounds) and Tanner (113) Hunt ended their matches in 12 and 25 seconds, respectively, and Max Boshage pinned his opponent in 38 seconds at 132.

Kaleb Duke (120), Charlie Cook (182) and Giovanni Benedetto (195) added pins for the Rangers.