Wednesday's prep roundup: Vista Ridge locks up PPAC as coach Joe Hites notches win No. 400

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Highlights from Wednesday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region.



Vista Ridge 48, Discovery Canyon 39

At Discovery Canyon: Pikes Peak region 5A No. 2 Vista Ridge (17-5, 12-1 5A/4A Pikes Peak Athletic Conference) pulled off a couple of milestones Wednesday night.

The Class 5A Wolves took home the program's first PPAC trophy and in the process notched coach Joe Hites' 400th victory, as they built a six-point lead at half against Discovery Canyon (9-13, 5-8) before extending it to 39-27 heading to the fourth.

"Tonight was all about that (trophy)," Hites said, deflecting talk about the 400th victory. ". Tonight was all about the kids. I'm so proud, this is the first time in school history. For them to bring the PPAC championship home was pretty special for them."

Hunter Maldonado led the Wolves with 20 points and sophomore Micah Hilts added 11. Hilts also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Wolves entered the game No. 17 in the 5A RPI rankings.

Discovery Canyon was No. 39 in 4A RPI.

The top 48 teams in each class qualify for the postseason.

Lewis-Palmer 78, Air Academy 34

At Air Academy: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 2 Lewis-Palmer (18-4, 11-2 5A/4A PPAC) got points from 11 players against Air Academy (1-22, 0-14) and the Rangers ran their winning streak to 14 with playoff seedings looming this weekend.

Lewis-Palmer held Air Academy to single digits in three of the four quarters, building a 50-19 lead by half.

Angelo Battistelli scored a game-high 16 points and Joel Scott added 13 for L-P.

Brock Bendrick led the Kadets with 12 points.

Sand Creek 71, Palmer Ridge 54

At Sand Creek: Pikes Peak region 4A No. 3 Sand Creek (17-5, 9-3 PPAC) improved its winning streak to three games with the win over Palmer Ridge (12-10, 6-7).

Falcon 64, Cheyenne Mountain 50

At Cheyenne Mountain: Falcon (10-12, 5-7 PPAC) built a 30-28 lead at the break and never looked back against Cheyenne Mountain (8-15, 4-10).

Calhan 63, Simla 52

At Calhan: Calhan (9-9, 5-2 2A Black Forest) stayed in third place in the league with the win over Simla (9-9, 3-4).



Falcon 61, Cheyenne Mountain 50, OT

At Falcon: Falcon (16-6, 9-4 5A/4A PPAC) blanked Cheyenne Mountain (10-13, 6-8) in overtime to stay in the hunt for a first-round bye and second-round home playoff game.

The Falcons used a 16-5 third quarter to rally from a two-point halftime deficit, only to see the Indians outscore Falcon 25-16 in the fourth.

But that ended the scoring for Cheyenne Mountain, as the Falcons held the Indians off the board in the extra period.

Hanna Diaz scored a team-high 17 points for the Falcons. Jade Adams notched a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Kirsten Regennitter had eight points and 14 rebounds.

Falcon entered the game as the No. 18 team in the RPI. The top 16 seeds get byes into the second round, where they would host first-round winners.

Discovery Canyon 60, Vista Ridge 36

At Vista Ridge: Emma List led the way for a 4A Discovery Canyon (15-7, 11-2 5A/4A PPAC) squad that saw four players score in double digits in the win over 5A Vista Ridge (4-17, 2-11).

List scored 14, Lily Cunningham 13, Ashten Prechtel 12 and Abigail Gagnon 10.

The Thunder trailed 12-7 after the first quarter but then held the Wolves to 13 points combined over the next two quarters.

Darian Taylor led the Wolves with 13.

The Thunder entered the day as the No. 12 team in 4A RPI. Vista Ridge was No. 42 in 5A.

Palmer Ridge 55, Sand Creek 49

At Sand Creek: Palmer Ridge (12-10, 6-7 PPAC) held off Sand Creek (9-13, 3-10).

The Scorpions entered the day No. 49 in the RPI. The top 48 teams make the playoffs. Sand Creek closes the regular season against Vista Ridge on Friday.

Palmer Ridge is No. 23.

Rampart 53, Palmer 52

At Rampart: Bailee Hart scored a team-high 17 points and Madi Wriedt posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds as Rampart (9-13, 6-5 5A Colorado Springs Metro League) did just enough to beat Palmer (9-12, 4-7).