CSCS 40, Pagosa Springs 19
At CSCS: Megan Engesser led a balanced scoring attack with 10 points, and CSCS, for the fourth straight game, held its opponent to single-digit scoring in all four quarters as the Lions hit the holiday break perfect in five games.
Thursday’s effort was the best defensive stand of the season for CSCS, which allowed 34 points in the season opener but has held its past four opponents to no more than 28 points.
Abby Kedler had nine points for CSCS, which led 20-10 at halftime and gradually added to the advantage in the second half.
Doherty 58, Vista Ridge 50
At Vista Ridge: Brionna McBride led all scorers with 18 points, Unique Gainey added a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Doherty (6-3) won its second straight to reverse a two-game losing streak by downing Vista Ridge.
Doherty led 30-25 at halftime.
Widefield 64, Elizabeth 35
At Elizabeth: Aaliyah Ricketts connected on six of eight 3-pointers en route to a season-high 27 points to lead Widefield (5-2, 1-0 4A CSML) past Elizabeth (1-7, 0-1) in the league opener for both teams.
Shynesti Johnson added 12 points for the Gladiators, who went on a 19-4 run in the second quarter to open up a 36-14 lead at intermission.
Palmer Ridge 76, Cheyenne Mountain 61
At Monument: That 0-2 start is a distant memory now.
Nick Boldvich led four scorers in double figures with 17 points as Palmer Ridge won its eighth straight game by knocking off Cheyenne Mountain (4-4, 0-1) in the 4A/5A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
“We shared the ball on offense, and we were able to contest their 3-point shots on defense and not foul them, since they are such good free-throw shooters and 3-point shooters,” Bears coach Nick Mayer said. “We were not disciplined or very tough after our first two games, and getting our football players back after their championship has also helped our depth.”
Zach Hester had 16 points for the Bears (8-2, 1-0), who also got 13 from Cory McLellan and 10 from Maccee Reed.
Elizabeth 63, Widefield 61
At Elizabeth: Elizabeth outscored Widefield 33-23 over the final two quarters as the Cardinals (6-2, 1-0 4A Colorado Springs Metro League) rallied past Widefield (4-3, 0-1) for the Gladiators’ first loss in regulation.
Tre Pierre led Widefield with 20 points and eight rebounds. TJ Davis added 13 points and Randall Davis chipped in with 12.
Previously, Widefield, which led Elizabeth 28-20 at halftime, had suffered overtime setbacks to Pueblo South and Pueblo West.
“Elizabeth shot extremely well,” Widefield coach Mark Munoz said. “We have to do a much better job and play for all four quarters.”
Mountain Vista 79, Fountain-Fort Carson 62
At Greenwood Village: Keyshawn Maltbia had the hot hand early, scoring 15 of his team-high 28 points in the first quarter for Fountain-Fort Carson, but Mountain Vista returned the favor with a dominant second quarter to take control in first-day action at the Cherry Creek Holiday Classic.
Connor Staib led all scorers with 29 points and hit four of his six 3-pointers as part of a 24-7 run in the second quarter that gave the Golden Eagles an 11-point lead at halftime.
Rashan Barron added 14 points for the Trojans (1-4), which also got 11 from Christian Tolentino.
Fountain-Fort Carson continues tournament play at 1 p.m. Friday against Fossil Ridge.
Doherty 56, Vista Ridge 39
At Vista Ridge: Doherty (6-2) won its third straight and avenged a three-point home loss to Vista Ridge (5-4) nearly one year ago.
The Spartans, who led 27-17 at halftime and stretched that advantage to 42-25 by the end of the third quarter, limited Vista Ridge to just 33-percent shooting from the floor and out-rebounded the Wolves 36-22, including a 19-8 edge on the offensive end.
Kyrele Benford led Doherty with 16 points, including a 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range. Joe Golden grabbed 16 rebounds to go with eight points and six assists, and Joshua Walker added 12 points.
The Wolves also had a bad night from the free-throw line, missing nine of 13 uncontested shots.
Tristan Pratt led Vista Ridge with 17 points.
Cherry Creek 66, Pine Creek 24
At Greenwood Village: Cherry Creek scored 26 of the game’s first 28 points and cruised past Pine Creek at the Cherry Creek Holiday Classic.
The Eagles, who trailed 35-12 at halftime, will play Broomfield at 2:30 p.m. Friday in a consolation game.
Canon City 31, Cheyenne Mountain 28
At Canon City: Decisions made the difference for Canon City, which grinded out five matches requiring all three periods – three of which by four points or fewer – in holding off Cheyenne Mountain.
Canon’s Shane Coffey downed Luke Antonia 3-2 in the 138-pound match, and Zac Hanenberg shut down Kevin Hooks, 2-0 at 152 pounds to give the Tigers another three points. In the 160-pound match, Bailey McBride of Canon City registered another shutout, beating Konrad Ziegler 4-0.
Cheyenne Mountain had pins from Jake Antonia (106), Rick Stark (126) and Coloton Bellew (195).
Castle View 45, Falcon 25
At Castle Rock: Raymond Mendoza (132 pounds), Caleb Sherill (160) and David Kenner (220) each had pins for Falcon, which also got wins by decision from Adrian Garcia (145) and Kenneth Crosby (106).
Pine Creek 7, Battle Mountain 4
At Sertich: Jonathan Cole Jr. and Jarrid Humphries each scored twice, and Pine Creek (3-3) opened up a close game with a four-goal second period as the Eagles broke a two-game losing streak and beat the Huskies for the second time in 13 days.
Cole broke a 2-2 tie at 4:37 of the second period off an assist from Parker Gregory, and Brett Zahn and Humphries later scored in a nine-second span to make it a 5-2 game. Just 18 seconds after Battle Mountain ended the run, Cole scored again as the Eagles regained their three-goal cushion with 1:40 left in the period.
Austin Gipson and Andrew Santos also scored for Pine Creek, which outshot Battle Mountain 29-28 and got a 24-save effort from Jacob Benton.
On Dec. 8, Pine Creek earned a 4-3 road win against Battle Mountain at Dobson Ice Arena in Vail.