Vanguard 78, Buena Vista 71
At Buena Vista: Seth Fuqua poured in 34 points, helping The Vanguard School (12-3, 7-1 3A Tri-Peaks League) overcome a 41-point effort by Cade Carroll to escape with a road victory, the Coursers' fourth straight overall and seventh in their past eight games.
"Buena Vista is one of the toughest places to go and play and pull out a victory," Vanguard coach Joe Wetters said. "It started out rough. They had 21 points in the first quarter, and we didn't have an answer. We hung with them and chipped away. These guys are super resilient."
By halftime, Vanguard had regrouped and seized a 42-34 lead, but the game was deadlocked at 50-50 heading into the fourth quarter.
"We're taking on the motto of going on business trips this season," Wetters said. "Every time we play someone, no matter their record or previous history, we're trying to take care of business. We were OK last year (13-10), but we didn't do what we wanted to do in districts. This year, our final goal is to make it to the state playoffs and see what we can do."
Vanguard has never won more than 13 games in a season, a mark set last season.
Rampart 68, Pine Creek 61
At Pine Creek: Dawson Carper's 20 points led four in double figures as Pikes Peak region 5A No. 3 Rampart (13-5, 5-2 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) rallied from an early deficit and held off Pine Creek (9-8, 3-4).
Cal Zeb Roberson scored 18 points, Jackson Ehrlin added 16 and Josh Kavalec had 10 for the Rams, who trailed 23-16 at the end of the first quarter and 35-32 at halftime.
The Eagles rallied from nine points down in the third quarter and tied the game at 55 on a 3-pointer from Quentin Gutierrez early in the fourth quarter.
The Rams then responded with an 11-0 run to take control as they beat their District 20 rival for the eighth straight time.
St. Mary's 57, Lamar 45
At St. Mary's: Draven Hackley scored 12 points, Tyler Englert added 11 and Jack Velten chipped in with 10 as St. Mary's (3-11, 2-5 Tri-Peaks League) won for the second time in three games following a 10-game losing streak.
ECA 50, Colorado Springs School 41
At Evangelical Christian: Sam Perkett scored a team-high 16 points to help ECA (7-6, 2-2 2A Black Forest) rally from an eight-point halftime deficit to down CSS (7-8, 2-2) for the Eagles' fifth straight win.
Doherty 89, Coronado 53
At Coronado: Emmanuel Burleson led all scorers with 18 points, and Joseph Golden added a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds as Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Doherty (14-3, 8-0 5A CSML) won its ninth straight by crushing Coronado (4-13, 2-5). Brevin Brimble added 15 points for the Spartans, who led 44-27 at halftime.
Salida 58, Florence 54
At Salida: Florence (5-8, 0-6 3A Tri-Peaks) led by one point late but went scoreless over the final 2:04 as the Huskies remained winless in league play.
CSCS 81, La Junta 48
At CSCS: Noah Hopkins and Justin Engesser each scored 22 points, two of four double-digit scorers for Pikes Peak region 3A and Below No. 1 CSCS (14-2, 8-0 3A Tri-Peaks).
Zach Wismer scored 12 points and Jared Burbidge added 11 points for the Lions, who led from the start, storming out to a 16-5 lead after one quarter.
Fountain-Fort Carson 79, Liberty 69
At Fountain-Fort Carson: Moz Doria scored a team-high 21 points as Liberty (9-9, 4-4 5A CSML) built an early six-point lead, but Fountain-Fort Carson (7-12, 3-5) outscored the Lancers over the final three quarters to avenge an earlier loss.
Matthew Kirk and Jeremiah Pruitt scored 12 for Liberty, which led 19-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The Trojans, who managed only 27 points in the first half, put up 28 in the third quarter, turning a two-point deficit into a 55-47 lead.
Doherty 70, Coronado 26
At Doherty: Kalani Poloa scored her 1,000th career point early, and Pikes Peak region 5A No. 1 Doherty (17-1, 8-0 5A CSML) cruised past Coronado for the Spartans' ninth-straight win.
Pine Creek 62, Rampart 31
At Pine Creek: Jade Odom scored 20 points, Gabi O'Connor added 18, and Pine Creek (13-5, 6-1 5A CSML) built a double-digit lead early and dominated Rampart (6-12, 3-5).
The Eagles led 21-11 after one quarter and 33-15 at halftime.
ECA 52, Colorado Springs School 25
At Evangelical Christian Academy: Amada Bost scored 24 points to help ECA (10-2, 3-1 2A Black Forest League) down CSS (8-6, 1-2) after a slow start.
The Eagles used a 30-12 scoring advantage in the second half to pull away.
Liberty 76, Fountain-Fort Carson 34
At Liberty: Emily Vaszary led three scorers in double digits, and Liberty (11-7, 5-3 5A CSML) held Fountain-Fort Carson (4-13, 1-5) to single-figure scoring in the third and fourth quarters as the Lancers snapped a two-game skid.
Jayda Lyon scored 16 points for Liberty, which also got 11 points from Lydia Marshall.
The Lancers led 38-23 at halftime.
CSCS 66, La Junta 26
At CSCS: Morgan Engesser poured in a season-high 32 points – just three off her career best – to boost Pikes Peak region 3A and Below No. 2 CSCS (14-2, 8-1 3A Tri-Peaks) past La Junta (4-11, 2-5).
The Lions took command with a 22-4 run in the second quarter that made 37-12 at halftime.
Engesser, who connected on six 3-pointers Tuesday, scored 35 points against Grand Valley in a 3A playoff game last March.
KEVIN CARMODY, THE GAZETTE