When you’re the team’s leading scorer, there’s always pressure.
But Wednesday night, Vista Ridge’s Kate Rohr had weight on her shoulders like never before.
The senior walked into the gym at Falcon High School just five points from hitting 1,000 on her career. She had college scouts in the stands, and family and friends ready to watch her hit the milestone.
Not to mention 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference rival Falcon putting a target on her back.
But that didn’t stop the Vista Ridge girls basketball team from claiming a 54-41 win over Falcon in the Wolves’ conference opener.
Although Rohr started the season averaging more than 20 points, it took her more than 30 minutes to make that magic shot in a back-and-forth battle with Falcon.
With less than two minutes left on the clock Rohr knew she was running out of time with just one point to go. She pulled down a rebound and worked down the near sideline before being fouled in the paint. But before taking her shot, Vista Ridge coach Kimberly Hazelton called a timeout.
“I was like there’s barely any time left, I have to get this,” Rohr said. “When coach called the timeout she just told me to breathe and relax, but I was just freaking out because it just needed to go in already.”
She had already missed two free throws on the night, but with 1:14 left on the clock, Rohr was not going to let this one fall short.
Thankfully, it was nothing but net.
“This was one of my biggest goals this season, and I was really looking forward to it being this game because I have friends that play at Falcon and my mom used to work here, so it’s personal,” Rohr said.
But despite her frustrations as shot after shot would just not fall, Rohr played unselfishly to put Vista Ridge (6-3, 1-0) in a position to win.
“The great thing about this team this year is they have committed to the fact that team first is going to win games,” Hazelton said. “So they know if it’s not their night, they look for somebody else, and they realize who is on and who is not.”
Against Falcon, it was Darian Taylor and Susanna Robinson who were on, as each racked up 18 points for the Wolves.
Ena Keco led the Falcons (3-4, 0-1) with 14 points, followed by Idalias Samson (13) and Sarah Iskra with 10.
Doherty 52, Pueblo South 50, OT
At Doherty: The Spartans scored 25 points in the second half of a nonconference game to force overtime against Pueblo South. The final minutes were a defensive battle, but Doherty came out on top, outscoring the Colts 8-6 in overtime.
Brionna McBride led the Spartans (7-3) with 20 points and had eight rebounds.
Lewis-Palmer 61, Sand Creek 40
At Lewis-Palmer: The Rangers held Sand Creek to just 14 points in the first half as they claimed 21-point 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference win over the Scorpions.
Preslee Enget led the Rangers (6-2, 1-0) with 16 points. Jalen Davis and Connor Proctor each had nine points for the Scorpions (5-4, 0-1).
Fountain-Fort Carson 54, Palmer 32
At Fountian-Fort Carson: Samiyah Worrell led the Trojans with 14 pints in a 5A CSML win over Palmer (3-8, 0-1). Danae Christensen was second on the team in scoring with 11 points.
Fountain-Fort Carson (5-4, 1-0) racked up 19 steals, led by Worrell with five, followed by freshman Taryn Lindsey with four.
Air Academy 57, Discovery Canyon 49, OT
At Discovery Canyon: After being held to just five points in the first quarter, Discovery Canyon’s offense exploded in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Kadets 13-6 and 14-6, respectively. But the Kadets didn’t go down easily, and after forcing overtime turned the tables to outscore Discovery Canyon 15-7 in extra time for a 5A/4A Pikes Peak conference win.
Niko Lunt led Air Academy (7-3, 1-0) with 19 points. Brock Bendrick had 13 for the Kadets. Daryn Whisman led the Thunder (5-4, 0-1) with 15 points.
Lewis-Palmer 81, Sand Creek 65
At Sand Creek: Lewis-Palmer and Sand Creek both had four players notch double figures, but it was high scorers off the bench that gave the Rangers an edge on the way to their first 5A/4A Pikes Peak league win. Joel Scott led the Rangers (7-0, 1-0) with 19 points, followed by Salim Nehme (17), Matthew Ragsdale (13) and Carter Kreischer (11).
Sand Creek (2-8, 0-1) was led by Anthony Vargas with 16, followed by Jevaughn Williams with 12. Izaiah Jordan and Kenan Thompson had 11 points each for the Scorpions.
Vista Ridge 59, Falcon 54, OT
At Vista Ridge: Micah Hilts had a career night for the Wolves as Vista Ridge battled Falcon into overtime in a 5A/4A Pikes Peak matchup. Hilts scored 27 points, beating his previous career high by eight points.
After trailing Falcon (4-3, 0-1) by six at the half, Vista Ridge picked it up in the second half, outscoring Falcon 19-10 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Patron Kaiser was second on the team in scoring with 15 points for the Wolves (6-4, 1-0).
Doherty 70, Chatfield 47
At Doherty: Doherty allowed just two points in the second quarter as the Spartans racked up a comfortable 32-20 lead at the half of a nonconference game. Kyrele Bendord led the Spartans with 18 points followed by the Joshua Walker with 17.
Doherty (7-2) has won four straight.
Fountain-Fort Carson 59, Palmer 56
At Palmer: A fourth-quarter push led Fountain-Fort Carson to a 5A Colorado Springs Metro league win over Palmer. The Trojans (2-6, 1-0) outscored the Terrors 22-16 in the fourth after trailing by three heading into the final frame.
Davante Logan, Tyshaun Durham and Keyshawn Maltbia each had 10 points for the Trojans. Palmer (5-6, 0-1) was led by Isaiah Robinson with 21 and Darien Meyers with 18.
Dakota Ridge 11, Woodland Park 1
At Meadow Wood Sports Complex: Colton Hudson had the lone goal for Woodland Park (0-6) in a loss to Dakota Ridge.
Wednesday marked the first true home game for the Panthers at their outdoor rink in Woodland Park.
Rampart 4, Castle View 2
At Sertich: Rampart used a well-balanced offense to take down Castle View in a Highlands Conference clash.
Four different goal scorers aided in the win. Alex Walton, Braden Overholt, Trevor Jesse and Tyler Montoya all found the back of the net for the Rams (4-3). Walton, Overholt and Montoya also had assists.
GIRLS’ SWIMMING AND DIVING
Rampart 124, Pine Creek 62
At Rampart HS: Edenna Chen came home with two individual first-place finishes, and aided two more winning relay teams as Rampart claimed a decisive win over Pine Creek. Chen won the 100 butterfly (1:02.53) and the 200 freestyle (2:03.19) and was a part of the winning 400 free and 200 free relays.
Dominique Cos and Terry Kennedy each came home with two second-place individual finishes for Pine Creek. Cos placed second in the 200 individual medley (2:26.34) and the 100 breaststroke (1:12.72). Kennedy placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:01.78) and the 500 free (5:34.19). Both also aided a second-place finish in the 200 IM relay.