Thursday's prep roundup: St. Mary's snaps 10-game skid in boys' basketball

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BOYS' BASKETBALL

St. Mary's 51, Florence 41

At St. Mary's: Jack Velten led a balanced scoring effort with 11 points and Draven Hackley came up with 10 steals, helping St. Mary's (2-10, 1-4 Tri-Peaks) snap a 10-game losing streak.

Ten different players scored for the Pirates, who outscored the Huskies (5-6, 0-4) 22-7 in the second quarter to take control.

"We should have been up by more than 10 at halftime, but the focus of the second half was to clean up a few things and stick together," first-year Pirates coach Pernell Baca said. "Over the last several games, I could see things starting to come together. It finally came together tonight as we had a group that played well together and had a nice little run."

Florence led 11-6 after one quarter.

Sierra 49, Widefield 48

At Sierra: Pikes Peak 4A No. 2 Sierra (13-3, 9-0 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) snuck past Widefield (10-6, 6-3) to stretch its league winning streak to 38 games, dating back to the 2013-14 season.

Overall, Sierra won its 10th straight and put an end to Widefield's six-game winning streak.

Doherty 70, Liberty 44

At Liberty: Brevin Brimble scored 18 points, Emmanuel Burleson had 11, and Doherty (12-3, 6-0 5A CSML) avenged its lone league loss from a season ago by routing Liberty (9-7, 4-2).

The Spartans started fast, building a 22-6 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Moz Doria led the Lancers with 15 points.

Manitou Springs 56, La Junta 38

At Manitou Springs: Jared Keul scored a team-high 16 points, and Manitou Springs (12-1, 4-1 3A Tri-Peaks) broke open a close game with a big second half as the Mustangs got back into the win column after suffering their first loss on Tuesday.

Lucas Rodholm added 13 points for Manitou Springs, which outscored La Junta 29-15 in the second half.

The Mustangs led 27-23 at halftime.

Harrison 85, Mesa Ridge 77

At Harrison: Harrison (7-9, 3-6 4A CSML) won its second straight following a six-game skid, sending Mesa Ridge (11-5, 7-2) to its second loss this week after winning 10 consecutive games.

Calhan 49, Byers 41

At Calhan: A 22-point fourth quarter helped Calhan (9-2) hold off Byers in nonleague action.

The Bulldogs carried a 27-26 lead into the fourth quarter.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Sierra 56, Widefield 38

At Widefield: D'Nae Wilson made four 3-pointers en route to a 15-point effort, and Sierra (10-6, 7-2 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) took control with a 19-4 third-quarter run as the Stallions moved into sole possession of second place by beating Widefield (8-8, 5-4).

Malaynah Palaroan added 13 points for the Stallions, who found themselves in a 24-all tie through two quarters.

Charisse Fairley of Widefield led all scorers with 17 points.

Woodland Park 52, Mitchell 42

At Woodland Park: Kylee Newsome led all scorers with 17 points as Woodland Park (6-9, 2-6 4A CSML) snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Kylee Balaty led Mitchell (0-16, 0-9) with 11 points. Samantha Ernst added 10.

Katie Christian and Mackenzie Porter scored 12 points each for the Panthers, who stormed out to a 16-5 lead after one quarter.

Mesa Ridge 71, Harrison 22

At Mesa Ridge: Ashley Bowen and Chloe Welch scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, and Mesa Ridge (12-2, 8-0 4A CSML) held Harrison (1-13, 1-7) to single-digit scoring in three quarters as the Grizzlies won their eighth straight.

Manitou Springs 55, La Junta 25

At Manitou Springs: Shelby Megyeri nearly outscored La Junta herself, scoring 25 points as Manitou Springs (7-6, 4-2 3A Tri-Peaks) bounced back from Tuesday's close loss to CSCS by blowing out La Junta (3-10, 1-4).

Calleen Sienknecht added 15 points for the Mustangs, who led 26-12 at halftime.

CSS 62, Miami-Yoder 25

At Colorado Springs School: Samantha Leachman scored 11 points and Hannah Taylor added 10 as Colorado Springs School (8-6, 2-2 2A Black Forest) pulled away from Miami-Yoder (3-10, 0-3).

The Kodiaks turned a four-point first-quarter lead into a 24-point bulge, thanks to a 33-13 run over the second and third quarters.

Vicki Guerrero led the Buffaloes with 12 points.

TCA 58, Elizabeth 44

At Elizabeth: Eight days after suffering an overtime loss at home, TCA (11-5, 6-3 4A CSML) turned the tables on Elizabeth (9-7, 6-3) by beating the Cardinals on their home court.

Elizabeth won at TCA, 44-41 on Jan. 18.

WRESTLING

Cheyenne Mountain 52, Air Academy 15

At Cheyenne Mountain: Cheyenne Mountain defended its Pikes Peak Athletic Conference title as the Indians started with four consecutive pins and later got two more in a dominating performance over Air Academy.

After an opening-match forfeit, Cheyenne Mountain got pins by Oliver Neumann (195 pounds), Deonte Bridges (220), Garrett Jackson (285) and Ray Duron (106) that extended the lead to 30-0.

Rudy Juvera (132) and Steven Hooks (160) also ended matches early by recording pins for the Indians.

Black Forest League Championships

At Calhan: Peyton, on the strength of eight individual titles, more than doubled up on the competition to easily win the team title with 177 points.

Ellicott came in a distant second with 78.5 points, followed by Miami-Yoder at 77.

Lane Wilfong (106 pounds), Colton Murray (120), JD Hart (132), Britton Holmes (145), Wyatt Lee (152), Trystan Hanks (160), Edgar Pedigo (170) and Luke Manly (182) all finished on the top step of the podium.

Also, Avery Whitlock won the title at 220 pounds for Ellicott, while Tristan Griffin of Hanover took first in the heavyweight division.

HOCKEY

Kent Denver 3, Air Academy 1

At University of Denver: Elijah Parelius scored early and Brandon Kurtz made 38 saves, but it wasn't enough for Air Academy (2-9, 0-6 Pinnacle League) in a road loss to Kent Denver.

Parelius gave the Kadets a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission, but the Sun Devils tied it in the second and broke through with two goals in the third period.

Kent Denver outshot Air Academy 41-25.

Palmer 6, Coronado 4

At Sertich: Marco Cordova had two goals and two assists, and Nolan Nussbaum scored twice as Palmer (5-7, 3-4 Highlands Conference) avenged an earlier loss to Coronado (6-8, 3-6).

Ten days earlier in the same rink, the Terrors suffered a 4-1 setback to the Cougars.

On Thursday, Palmer got four second-period goals from four different players in building a 5-2 lead.

Kyle Moore added a goal and three assists for Palmer, which also got a goal from Justin Hughes.

Max Van Lancker, Tanner Mayberry, Cole Brooker and Logan Dineen scored for Coronado.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Liberty 187, ThunderRidge 174

At Liberty: Megan Jones (50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke), Sarah Gaines (200 individual medley and 100 freestyle) and Kate Carlson (500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke) all touched first in their respective events and paced Liberty to a nonleague dual victory.