Girls hoops: Lutheran rolls through Metro foes

Jim Benton
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Lutheran, a Class 2A school, wrapped up the Metro League basketball title with wins last week over Manual and Colorado Academy.

The Lions finished with a 9-0 record against Class 3A teams in the Metro League and has four remaining non-league games before heading into the Class 2A state playoffs.

Jennifer Vigil scored 17 points and younger sister Kristen had 13 in the 63-39 win over Manual and the Lions, ranked second in the state’s Class 2A poll, drubbed Colorado Academy, 56-37, to earn the league title.

“Winning the Metro League is something we are very proud of,” said Lutheran coach Mark Duitsman. “You look at the schools in this conference and you know that a league championship does not come around very often. Schools such as Holy Family, Faith Christian, Machebeuf, these are perennial powerhouses in girls basketball and for Lutheran to be on top of that list this season is quite an accomplishment by these girls.

“There is humility about this group that is very rare. They understand that all of this is a gift. Their talent, this team, the league title, even the chance to play this game, it is all a gift from God and these girls just want to make the most of the opportunity they have been blessed with. The accomplishment of winning the Metro League is something that we certainly celebrate, and it is something that can never be taken away from this team, but we also know that the we still have work to do.”

The Lions faced Belleview Christian Tuesday and have games against Denver Christian, University and Byers to finish the regular season.

“The girls on this team, they’ve experienced it all throughout their careers,” added Duitsman. “Buzzer-beaters to end your season, a consolidation, season-ending injuries, state runners-up last year, as well as state championships in volleyball. This is a mature group with excellent perspective on what high school sports are all about.

“They’ve been through the highs and lows, and they’re at a point where they just don’t get caught up in all of it.”

LITTLETON - The Puchino sisters, Laura and Stephanie each had 14 points in a 47-40 win over Douglas County and Laura led the team with 11 points in a poor-shooting 26 percent effort in a setback to Castle View.

HERITAGE - The Eagles trailed by 33 points at halftime in losing to ThunderRidge and Heritage didn’t score in the second period and had just two points in the third in a 58-17 setback to Regis.

ARAPAHOE - All but one player scored for the Warriors and Karlyn Johnson’s nine points was high in a 63-28 Centennial League romp over Smoky Hill. Molly Riedel had 14 points as Arapahoe overwhelmed Eaglecrest, 65-28.

VALOR CHRISTIAN - The Eagles posted their fifth straight win with a 65-29 conquest of Cheyenne Mountain as Valor Christian inched closer to the .500 mark with a 10-11 record.

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