Both Cherry Creek's boys and girls teams and Arapahoe's girls team won games needed to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the state basketball playoffs. Cherry Creek's boys were seeded 23rd in the …
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Both Cherry Creek's boys and girls teams and Arapahoe's girls team won games needed to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the state basketball playoffs.
Cherry Creek's boys were seeded 23rd in the 48-team Class 5A bracket. The Bruins bested Horizon 68-39 in the opening round of the playoffs on Feb. 21. Chase Penn and Alec Pell led the team in scoring with 10 points each and 11 of the 12 players scored points for the Bruins.
Cherry Creek then met 10th-seeded Highlands Ranch and outscored the Falcons 47-40 on Feb. 24. Dimitri Stanley was the Bruins' scoring leader with 20 points
The win earned Cherry Creek a spot in the Sweet 16, where they were scheduled to meet seventh-seeded Doherty on Feb. 28.
Meanwhile, the Bruins girls were seeded 11th and drew a first-round bye. They took the court Feb. 23 and posted a 63-12 win over 22nd-seeded Bear Creek. Ten players scored for the Bruins and the team scoring leaders were Sydney Mech and Jaela Richardson, who each scored 11 points.
They advanced to the Sweet 16 on Feb. 27 against sixth-seeded Regis.
The Arapahoe girls team posted a pair of Class 5A state tournament wins to advance to the Sweet 16.
The 19th-seeded Warriors won their first-round game over Arvada West 68-38 on Feb. 21. Arapahoe guard Eliana Mcclarie was the scoring leader with 18 points. They met Chaparral in the next round on Feb. 23 and the Warriors posted a 55-47 win over the Wolverines. Junior Mcclarie again was the team scoring leader with 15 points.
Arapahoe was scheduled on Feb. 27 to face third-seeded Horizon with the winner advancing to the Great 8.
The Arapahoe boys earned a spot in the single-elimination Class 5A tournament as the 48th seed. The Warriors faced Rangeview in the first round Feb. 21 and the Raiders prevailed 63-52.
Littleton's girls team earned a berth in the Class 4A tournament. They were seeded 22nd and played Canon City in the first-round game Feb. 20. The Lions maintained the lead throughout the game and won, 42-38. Senior Rebekah Sandstrom was the scoring leader with nine points and she pulled down 15 rebounds.
Littleton returned to the court for the second round game against Mesa Ridge on Feb. 23. The Lions led after three quarters but the Grizzles put on a scoring run and the Lions lost a heartbreaker, 56-55. Sandstrom was again the scoring leader with 19 points.
Littleton boys also earned a berth in the Class 4A state tournament. The Lions entered the first round of the playoffs as the 45th seed and they faced 11th-seeded Mead. It was a close game but the Mustangs won 55-47. Jason Levy was the scoring leader for the Lions with 17 points.
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