Tuesday's prep roundup: Doherty girls' basketball back in 5A quarterfinals for first time since 2012

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Highlights from Tuesday's girls' basketball playoffs from around the Pikes Peak region.

 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Class 5A first round

No. 7 Doherty 68, No. 23 Fairview 59

At Doherty: Knowing that Fairview liked to play a half-court game, Doherty came out with a game plan and executed it to perfection in the first half on Tuesday.

The Spartans (24-1) led wire to wire, defeating Fairview (15-11) to advance to the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament for the first time since 2012.

Doherty will take on No. 2 Grandview at the Denver Coliseum on Friday.

"We knew that we wanted to come out and really push the tempo right away," Doherty coach Patrick McKiernan said. "...With our press we wanted to give them problems early."

The Spartans, the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League champions, jumped to an insurmountable 23-9 lead after the first quarter. They held a 43-28 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Kalani Poloa led the Spartans with 17 and Aubriana Noti notched a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds.

The Knights, who forfeited eight games because of an ineligible player, tried to rally, closing the gap to five at 61-56 with 2:10 remaining.

But Doherty held on the rest of the way.

No. 4 Ralston Valley 50, No. 13 Pine Creek 31

At Ralston Valley: Ralston Valley (24-1), a semifinalist a season ago, is one win away from a return to the semifinals this season after eliminating Pine Creek (18-7).

The Eagles trailed by just one - 15-14 - at the end of the first quarter.

But after that the Mustangs held the Eagles to single digits each of the last three quarters, including five points in the second quarter and four in the final period.

The Mustangs increased their winning streak to 24 games.

They will face No. 12 Cherry Creek, who blew out No. 5 Fruita Monument 71-43. The two will play Friday at the Denver Coliseum.

 

Class 4A first round

No. 5 Windsor 49, No. 21 TCA 43

At Windsor: The Classical Academy (20-6) gave it a go, but came up short against Windsor (19-6).

The Classical Academy tied the game at 42 with 1:26 to play. But the Wizards outscored the Titans 7-1 down the stretch to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Wizards will take on No. 13 Rifle, an upset winner over No. 4 Air Academy.

Windsor's Michaela Moran hit a contested shot on the drive that TCA coach Frank Haist said "might have been the shot of the game."

The Titans upset No. 12 Discovery Canyon on Friday and nearly pulled off another upset.

"It was really a game that could have gone either way," Haist said.

After three quarters, the Wizards led 36-31, before the Titans rallied to eventually tie late in the fourth.

TCA led 22-18 at half.

Raegan Bervig led the Titans with 11 points, RaeAnn Queener had 10 and Autumn Boyles nine.

"They competed, got after it," Haist said. "This team, I'd like to think we were underrated, and they weren't overrated. It didn't look like a No. 21 vs. a 5."