Thursday's prep roundup: Discovery Canyon's Rachel Alexander takes lead to Friday's 3A state diving finals

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GIRLS' SWIMMING AND DIVING

3A State Championships

At VMAC: Rachel Alexander, a Discovery Canyon sophomore, will enter Friday’s diving finals with the top score (279.85) after Thursday’s prelims. She was fourth at state as a freshman.

Thunder junior Ava Giesbrecht finished third in the 500 freestyle, breaking the program record by finishing in 5 minutes, 17.81 seconds.

Retta Smith, of St. Mary’s, sits in third at 278.10 after finishing second last season.

Caitlin Cairns qualified for the finals with the top times in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly for the Pirates.

Manitou Springs' Sydney Dolloff-Holt posted the second-best time in the 200 individual medley, a little more than a second behind Longmont’s Lucille Matheson, and was third in the 100 backstroke.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Doherty 70, Rampart 43

At Doherty: Doherty went to the half tied with Rampart at 25 before scoring 45 points in the second half to pull away.

The Spartans improved to 17-4 and 10-0 in CSML play behind a balanced scoring attack. Joe Golden led Doherty with 17 points, while Alijah Bates added 16, Kyrele Benford posted 14 and DeMarious Carey chipped in 12.

Josh Kavalec and Jack McReynolds scored nine points apiece to lead the Rams (15-6, 7-3), while Dawson Carper and Xavier Johnson each added eight.Carper added 11 rebounds and two blocks.

Lewis-Palmer 61, Discovery Canyon 50

At Discovery Canyon: The Rangers (19-2, 11-1) fought back from a six-point deficit at the half to pick up the Pikes Peak league win.

Joel Scott (24) and Matthew Ragsdale (21) combined for 45 of Lewis-Palmer’s points.

The Thunder (10-10, 5-7) got 24 points from Caleb Blackburn.

Manitou Springs 88, Florence 41

At Manitou Springs: The Mustangs (10-7, 5-4) raced out to a 50-21 lead after two quarters on their senior night.

Senior Cole Sienknecht hit eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 36 points.

Colorado Springs Christian School 66, St. Mary’s 50

At St. Mary’s: The Lions' 23-9 advantage in the third quarter helped hold off a St. Mary’s squad that won the fourth quarter 22-13 in a Tri-Peaks League rivalry game.

CSCS improved to 12-6 and 8-2 in league play.

Tyler Englert hit five 3-pointers to lead the Pirates (8-9, 7-3) with 27 points.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Doherty 57, Rampart 41

At Doherty: The Spartans led 15-9 after the first quarter and steadily built their lead the rest of the way, improving to 18-3 overall and 10-0 in the Colorado Springs Metro League.

Senior Mykiaa Minniss hit 8 of 12 shots to lead Doherty with 16 points and added eight rebounds and three steals, while junior Brionna McBride added 12.

Shannon Danda and Madi Wriedt led the Rams (8-13, 4-6) with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Discovery Canyon 44, Lewis-Palmer 36

At Lewis-Palmer: After starting the fourth quarter locked in a 26-all tie, the Thunder won the fourth quarter 18-10 to improve to 13-7, 7-5 in league.

Ashten Prechtel posted a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double to go with five steals, three blocks and two assists, while Kristina Schneible added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Thunder.

The Rangers dropped to 14-7, 8-4.

HOCKEY

Columbine 8, Pine Creek 4

At Sertich: Columbine used a 3-0 advantage after the first period to fend off the Eagles.

Pine Creek pulled within a goal after Trevor Porter and Cameron Gillis scored in the first nine minutes of the second period before Columbine rebounded by scoring the next two.

Porter and Gillis each finished with a goal and an assist for the Eagles (5-6-1).

Pueblo County 11, Palmer 0

At Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena: Pueblo County scored six goals in the first period and kept the Terrors from scoring.

Palmer went 0 for 3 on power plays and dropped to 1-13 on the season.