Top-seeded Highlands Ranch and five other south metro Class 5A girls basketball teams notched second-round victories and advanced to the Feb. 26 Sweet 16 round of the CHSAA state playoffs. The Great …
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Top-seeded Highlands Ranch and five other south metro Class 5A girls basketball teams notched second-round victories and advanced to the Feb. 26 Sweet 16 round of the CHSAA state playoffs.
The Great 8 is scheduled for March 1 at the Denver Coliseum.
All second-round games were held Feb. 22.
Highlands Ranch (23-1) jumped to a 58-14 halftime lead and rolled to an 85-27 win over No. 32 Liberty as Autumn Watts and Kasey Neubert each scored 18 points and Jamie Bain added 17.
Freshman Raegan Beers had 26 points and 15 rebounds as No. 3 Valor Christian (22-9) beat No. 35 Columbine, 49-37.
No. 4 Cherry Creek (20-4) pulled away in the second half and topped Centennial League rival Arapahoe, 55-26. No. 12 Mountain Vista (17-7) made an early lead stand up and advanced with a 40-30 victory over No. 44 Fairview. Amy Holland led Vista's balanced scoring with nine points.
No. 14 Legend (17-7) held Continental League opponent Douglas County scoreless in the first quarter and posted a 39-28 second-round victory. Kassie Rembisz and Kinzie Whitehead each had eight points to spark the Titans' offense.
No.22 Chaparral (15-10) rallied in the second half and sank three free throws late in the game to upset No. 11 Vista Peak, 61-59.
In first-round playoff action Feb. 13, three south metro teams won.
Arapahoe, seeded 29th, notched a 73-37 win over No. 36 Bear Creek as Eliana McClarie and Kathleen Wortman each scored 16 points for the Warriors. No. 22 Chaparral was helped by 16 points from Sydney Speights and eliminated No. 43 Grand Junction Central, 69-26, and No. 46 Douglas County surprised No. 19 Mountain Range, 54-41.
Dakota Ridge, the No. 17 seed, posted a 47-30 first-round win over No. 48 Rock Canyon, and No. 40 Castle View dropped a 47-40 decision to No. 40 Legacy. No. 36 Columbine edged No. 30 ThunderRidge, 46-40.
In the 4A playoffs, No. 31 Littleton was ousted in the first round as No. 34 Glenwood Springs recorded a 40-26 victory.
Ponderosa (17-7) advanced to the Sweet 16 on Feb. 22 as the 11th-seeded Mustangs never trailed in a 53-38 win over Skyline.
Sophomore Stephanie Schultz scored 16 points to help Lutheran, the top seed in the 3A Metro district tournament, defeat No. 2 SkyView Academy, 46-28, in the championship game on Feb. 23. Both teams earned berths into the regional/state tournament bracket.
First-round games are set for March 1.
The Lions got past No. 8 Jefferson Academy, 44-31, in the first round as Kate Webster was one of the leaders with 12 points and seven steals. Lutheran topped Colorado Academy, 52-29, in a second-round game on Feb. 21.
SkyView Academy advanced to the semifinals with a 54-29 win over Manual and edged Faith Christian, 41-36, to move into the title game.
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