Tuesday's prep roundup: Widefield girls' hoops coach hits milestone in win

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Photo - Widefield coach Jim Mason, shown here during a game in 2015, got his 300th win Tuesday evening. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Widefield coach Jim Mason, shown here during a game in 2015, got his 300th win Tuesday evening. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Widefield 66, Cheyenne Mountain 38

At Widefield: Charisse Fairley scored a career-high 23 points and Widefield coach Jim Mason notched his 300th win at the school as the Gladiators beat Cheyenne Mountain (1-6).

At 4-2, Mason’s 22nd season as the coach at Widefield is off to an impressive start. The Gladiators also have wins over Lewis-Palmer, Pueblo Central and Loveland, while their two losses came to Pueblo West, a 4A state semifinalist last season, as well as Air Academy, which fell in the round of 16.

On Tuesday, Aaliyah Ricketts added 15 points as the Gladiators outscored the Indians 41-17 in the first two quarters. Fairley, who spent time in the weight room getting stronger over the offseason, had five 3s to lead the romp.

“She played for me, this will be her third season,” Mason said. “She knows what I want from her and what I need from her and she’s just grown into that role.”

Selena Vargas led Cheyenne Mountain with 14 points, while Vanessa Vargas added 11 points. The Indians have lost six straight since beating Glenwood Springs in overtime to start the year.

 

Colorado Springs School 46, James Irwin 27

At CSS: Natalie Richardi scored 13 points and Ali Graham added 11 points as CSS beat James Irwin (1-3) to improve to 5-0 on the year.

The Kodiaks faced their toughest test of the season against the Jaguars, and especially Krystina Hagood, who had a game-high 21 points.

“I like our depth,” CSS coach Vicki Vaughan said. “With this group, the chemistry is really good with them. They play hard, they play for each other. They’re really unselfish.”

The Kodiaks outscored the Jags 41-22 after the first quarter thanks to a mixture of scrappy defense and all-around scoring. Whitney Richardi added eight points and Sarina Mansour added another seven.

The last time CSS started a season 5-0 was in 2006.

 

Fountain-Fort Carson 58, Cherokee Trail 42

At Cherokee Trail: Samiyah Worrell scored 26 points as Fountain-Fort Carson (4-2) beat Cherokee Trail (1-2) for its third straight win.

Worrell shot 7 for 17 from the field and made 10 of 14 free throws. Taryn Lindsey added nine points.

Outside of Worrell, the Trojans largely struggled from the field going 17 for 51, but got to the line plenty and went 22 for 36. They had 13 steals and scored 35 points off turnovers.

 

Harrison 82, Pueblo Centennial 51

At Harrison: Destiny Trujillo had 18 points and Amyah Moore added 16 points as Harrison (2-4) beat Pueblo Centennial (1-6).

Diamond Moore had 14 points and Nakya Dawson added 12 points for the Panthers, who’d averaged 36.6 points per game coming into Tuesday.

 

Air Academy 47, Pueblo South 27

At Air Academy: Mary Parchinski had 14 points and Kylee Blacksten added 10 points as Air Academy (6-1) beat Pueblo South (3-4).

The Kadets had 14 steals and outrebounded the Colts 22-15.

 

St. Mary’s 60, Faith Christian 31

At Faith Christian: Brooklyn Valdez had 11 points as St. Mary’s beat Faith Christian (3-5) to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Makenna Bodette and Josephine Howery each added 10 points for the Pirates, who have won each of their first five games of the year by double digits. Mary Cummings hit three 3s and had nine points.

 

Florence 43, Woodland Park 35

At Woodland Park: Kylee Newsome scored 15 points, but Woodland Park (2-2) fell to Florence (3-3).

The Huskies outscored the Panthers 19-5 in the fourth quarter.

 

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Lewis-Palmer 73, Vista PEAK 49

At L-P: Joel Scott, the only returning starter from last season’s state runner-up team, had a career-high 33 points as Lewis-Palmer beat Vista PEAK (2-5) to improve to 5-0 on the season.

Matthew Ragsdale added 23 points and Ethan Forrester had 11 points for the Rangers.

L-P outscored Vista Peak 24-12 in the second quarter to take a 41-26 lead at half.

 

Dakota Ridge 67, Doherty 62

At Dakota Ridge: Doherty (3-2) couldn’t hold a first-half lead in its loss to Dakota Ridge (3-3).

Joshua Walker had 17 points and D’angelo Shepherd added 15 points for the Spartans, who were outscored 40-27 in the second half.

The Spartans shot 55 percent from the field and 8 of 19 from 3-point range. They’ll host Mountain Vista Thursday.

 

Manitou Springs 65, Bishop Machebeuf 52

At Manitou Springs: Cole Sienknecht scored 24 points as Manitou Springs (3-3) beat Bishop Machebeuf (3-2).

Sienknecht is averaging 23.7 points per game, sixth-best in Class 3A.

Freshman Joah Armour added 10 points and Zach Perry-Perkins had nine points for the Mustangs, who snapped a three-game slide.

 

Holy Family 54, Sierra 47

At Holy Family: Derrian Reed scored 26 points on 8 for 15 shootings, but Sierra (2-3) lost to Holy Family (4-1).

Reed took 15 of Sierra’s 32 shots from the field and was the only player in double digits for the Stallions.

 

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Liberty 129, Coronado 57

At Liberty: The Lancers (3-1, 2-1 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) had seven different individual winners as they beat Coronado (0-1, 0-1) in an early-season dual.

Gabi Roehr won the 100-yard freestyle in 57.28 seconds, Sarah Gaines won the 200 free in 2:12.67 and Savana Baker won the 100 backstroke in 1:08.58 to help lead the way for Liberty. The Lancers also won all three relays.

Mia Shaeffer won the 200 IM (2:23.59) and Erin Field took the 50 freestyle (26.51) for Coronado.

 

Rampart 108, Palmer 67

At Rampart: Kimber Scifres took the 50 freestyle in 28.22 seconds, narrowly beating teammates Cherish Borjas (28.36) and Olivia Hollinger (28.55) as Rampart (4-0, 4-0 5A CSML) beat Palmer.

The Rams were up top in most events Tuesday – winning nine of 12 over the Terrors. Hollinger went on to win the 200 freestyle (2:19.91) and Colleen Hanley added a win in the 100 butterfly (1:06.78).

Sequoia Gilliam won the 100 breaststroke (1:21.08) and the 100 freestyle (1:00.02) for Palmer (0-4, 0-4).

 

Pine Creek 135, Fountain-Fort Carson 43

At F-FC: Dominique Cos and Sara Conroy each won two individual events as Pine Creek (4-0, 2-0 5A CSML) took every event in its win over Fountain-Fort Carson (1-3, 1-3).

Conroy won the 200 freestyle (2:11.60) and the 100 butterfly (1:13.60) for the Eagles, while Cos took the 100 backstroke (1:10.60) and the 50 free (27.95).

Pine Creek has lost only one event in its last three dual meets.