Highlights from Wednesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.
Lewis-Palmer 5, Ralston Valley 4
At Apex: Lewis-Palmer (5-9, 2-8 Foothills Conference) has been looking for a signature win all season. The Rangers have been in plenty of tough games, but haven't been able to get that one win to hang their hats on.
That might have changed Wednesday night.
The Pikes Peak region No. 2 Rangers watched as Ralston Valley (9-6-1, 6-5-1) jumped to a 4-0 lead before the first-period horn could sound.
After that, however, it was all Rangers.
Christian Perry scored twice in the third period to complete his hat trick and Lewis-Palmer rallied by scoring the game's final five goals to upset the Mustangs.
Heading into the game, the Mustangs were No. 4 in the RPI rankings. L-P was 17th.
"I've been at L-P since we've had a program, and besides our two state championships this is probably one of the most memorable games that I've been involved with with our kids," L-P co-coach Kevin Margarucci said.
After giving up four goals on 17 shots in the first, L-P held Ralston Valley to 13 total shots the rest of the way.
Tanner Colson and Jack Filer scored less than five minutes apart in the second period before Perry added a goal 2:02 after Filer's to cut the deficit to 4-3 heading to the third period. Perry had assists on Colson's and Filer's goals.
"It's huge, because all year, we haven't gotten over the hump against some of the top teams in our conference, but we've competed really well," Margarucci said. "The kids have played hard but we haven't gotten results. Tonight, they started believing in each other and saw that their hard work can pay off."
Air Academy 50, Vista Ridge 37
At Air Academy: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 and RPI-ranked No. 2 Air Academy (18-2, 11-0 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) got closer to locking up the league title with a win over 5A Vista Ridge (4-15, 2-9).
Kylee Blacksten scored a team-high 14 points, Brooke Sulski scored 12 and Katelin Gallegos added 11 for the Kadets, who have a two-game lead over second-place Discovery Canyon with three games left. The Kadets also swept the season series over the Thunder.
Air Academy led 30-18 at the half.
Falcon 56, Sand Creek 46
At Sand Creek: Falcon (14-6, 7-4 5A/4A PPAC) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to blow open a close game and defeat Sand Creek (8-12, 3-8).
The Falcons headed into the fourth leading 35-33, but used the fourth quarter to pull away.
Jade Adams and Hanna Diaz combined to score 35 points for the Falcons, with Adams notching 18.
Sierra 65, Harrison 25
At Sierra: Gya'ni Sami scored a team-high 13 points and D'Nae Wilson added 11 to help Sierra (14-7, 11-3 4A CSML) cruise past Harrison (2-16, 2-10).
The Stallions' defense gave up 10 points in the first quarter but held the Panthers to single digits in every quarter after that.
Sierra built a 37-14 lead by halftime.
Canon City 70, Elizabeth 46
At Canon City: Canon City (9-11, 7-6 4A CSML) cruised to the league win over Elizabeth (11-10, 8-6).
No stats were reported.
Widefield 56, Mitchell 21
At Widefield: Widefield (10-10, 6-6 4A CSML) jumped to a 19-4 lead after one quarter and never looked back against Mitchell (0-20, 0-13) to climb to .500.
Aaliyah Ricketts scored a game-high 13 points, Jaida Aquino added 12 and Charisse Fairley added 11 for the Gladiators.
Kylee Balaty led the Marauders with nine points.
Pine Creek 75, Fountain-Fort Carson 45
At Pine Creek: Spencer Lindsey notched a double-double with a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds, and Gabi O'Connor added 16 to lead Pikes Peak region 5A No. 2 Pine Creek (13-6, 6-2 5A CSML) past Fountain-Fort Carson (5-15, 2-7).
Samiyah Worrell led the Trojans with 14 points.
Manitou Springs 73, Vanguard 33
At Vanguard: Shelby Megyeri scored a game-high 21 points - one of four Mustangs in double digits - and Manitou Springs (10-7, 6-3 3A Tri-Peaks League) breezed past the Vanguard School (2-14, 0-10).
Ali Washington added 14 for the Mustangs, Shelby Hard 12 and Calleen Sienknecht 11.
Vista Ridge 78, Air Academy 44
At Vista Ridge: Hunter Maldonado scored a team-high 26 points, sophomore Tristan Pratt added 15 and Pikes Peak region 5A No. 3 Vista Ridge (15-5, 10-1 5A/4A PPAC) remained in control of the PPAC with the win over Air Academy (1-19, 0-11).
The 5A Wolves jumped to an 18-9 lead over the 4A Kadets in the first quarter and then scored 45 points over the next two quarters to take a dominant 63-27 lead heading to the fourth.
Maldonado also led the Wolves with four assists and four steals.
Sand Creek 67, Falcon 63
At Falcon: After a tumultuous couple of weeks, Sand Creek returned to the win column.
The Scorpions (15-5, 8-3 5A/4A PPAC) won for just the second time in a five-game span with the win over Falcon (8-12, 3-7).
On Friday, all but one varsity player was suspended one game for wearing warmup T-shirts before a game earlier in the week in support of a recently fired assistant coach. In Friday's game, the Scorpions, considered one of the top teams in the state, lost by 18 to a sub-.500 Discovery Canyon squad.
No stats were available from Wednesday's game.
Manitou Springs 70, Vanguard 58
At Vanguard: In a showdown of two of the 3A Tri-Peaks League's top teams, Pikes Peak region 3A and below No. 2 Manitou Springs (16-1, 8-1 3A Tri-Peaks League) defeated the Vanguard School (13-4, 7-2) to stay in second place in the league.
Manitou Springs entered the game ranked No. 1 in the RPI standings, while the Coursers were No. 7.
Sierra 65, Harrison 52
At Harrison: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 1 Sierra (18-3, 14-0 4A CSML) outscored Harrison (10-10, 6-7) in every quarter to stay perfect in 4A CSML play and maintain a comfortable lead in the league standings.
The loss snapped Harrison’s five-game win streak.
Sierra, No. 10 in RPI, ran its winning streak to 15 games.
Elizabeth 58, Canon City 40
At Elizabeth: Elizabeth (9-12, 5-9 4A CSML) defeated Canon City (4-16, 4-9) in league play.
No stats were available.