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South metro girls basketball playoff roundup for 5A, 4A


Cherry Creek is the lone team from the south metro area still playing in the girls basketball playoffs.

The Bruins, seeded 12th, will take a 19-7 record into the March 9 Class 5A semifinal game against ninth-seeded Lakewood (21-5) in an 8:30 p.m. game at the Denver Coliseum.

Quarterfinal games

Cherry Creek 56, Ralston Valley 39: The Bruins, which lost twice to the Mustangs during the regular season, shot 50 percent from the field in the win, which ended a nine-game winning streak for Ralston Valley. Junior Sydney Mech led the Bruins with 27 points. Lauren McMillen pulled down 15 rebounds.

Lakewood 61, Highlands Ranch 49: The Falcons committed 22 turnovers in the loss to the Tigers as Lakewood avenged a regular-season setback to the Falcons. Autumn Watts and Kasey Neubert each had 12 points for Highlands Ranch, which had three starters in foul trouble during the second half. It was the first loss to a Colorado team this season as the Falcons finished with a 23-3 record.

Evergreen 59, Valor Christian 40: The Cougars outscored the Eagles 36-19 in the second half to end Valor's attempt to three-peat as state champions. Valor finished the season with a 17-9 record after the setback to Evergreen in the third meeting between the teams this season. The clubs had split the first two games.

Sweet 16 games

Highlands Ranch 60, Castle View 36: Watts scored 21 points and Courtney Humbarger contributed 15 to spark the Falcons to a win over Continental League foe Castle View. Sophomore India Cole and senior Hannah Cushman topped the Sabercats with nine points each.

Cherry Creek 71, Fruita Monument 43: Van Gytenbeek scored 17 points and had 12 assists in the Bruins' win on the Western Slope. Van Gytenbeek was one of five players who scored in double figures for Creek.

Grandview 82, Arapahoe 44: Senior Macy Zieler scored 13 points for the Warriors, who fell behind 46-19 at halftime and could never come close the remainder of the game.

Valor Christian 60, George Washington 41: The Eagles shot 59 percent from the field and had three players in double figures, led by 16 points from Tess Boade in the Class 4A win over the Patriots.


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