Here’s a list of notable performances in Class 5A and Class 4A boys/girls basketball for the week culminating on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Class 5A Boys
No. 3 Chaparral 73, No. 1 Rock Canyon 57 on Friday: In Continental League action, the Wolverines (16-3) dealt the Jaguars (18-1) their first loss of the season behind a double-double from junior forward Ronnie DeGray III, who poured in a game-high 27 points in addition to 11 rebounds. It was a playoff atmosphere as Jaguars senior point guard Sam Masten also had 21 points.
No. 3 ThunderRidge 75, Highlands Ranch 53 on Friday: The Grizzlies (18-1) took another step forward in the race for the Continental League crown, as coach Joe Ortiz’s seasoned crew jumped out to a 20-8 lead after one quarter and never looked back. But the Falcons (14-5) could play postseason sleeper come March with senior guard Brendan Sullivan leading the way.
Class 4A Boys
No. 2 Lewis-Palmer 82, Falcon 67 on Friday: The Rangers (17-1) earned the Pikes Peak League victory over the Falcons (14-5) to further distance themselves atop the conference standings, with a 13-point first quarter advantage and three scorers in double figures propelling them to the win. Senior guard Reece Warren, senior forward Brendan Larose and senior point guard Noah Martinez also make Falcon dangerous.
No. 6 Golden 76, No. 4 Valor Christian 61 on Friday: The Demons (16-3) ended a ten-game win streak by the Eagles (12-7) in a key Jeffco League victory that evens the two teams atop the league standings. Drake commit Adam Thistlewood impressed with several slam dunks, while senior forward Joe Madsen did his part to control the paint in a win in front of the Golden faithful.
Class 5A Girls
No. 1 Regis Jesuit 49, No. 3 Castle View 39 on Tuesday: It was Raiders (16-3) freshman point guard Avery VanSickle who did the most damage with 17 points to hand Castle View (17-3) its first in-state loss. Sabercats senior Mckay VanSickle, Avery’s older sister, and her Castle View teammates didn’t do themselves any favors in a tight game by shooting a collective 37 percent from the field.
No. 4 Ralston Valley 43, No. 9 Fruita Monument 41 on Friday: In a back-and-forth non-conference bout in which the Mustangs (16-2) lost star senior Delaynie Byrne early in the first half due to a calf injury, senior Lizzy Lucero drained an NBA-range three-pointer at the buzzer to seal the win for Ralston Valley. But don’t overlook the Wildcats (17-2), as senior Riley Snyder & Co. proved they are as good as advertised.
Class 4A Girls
No. 7 Holy Family 52, Berthoud 50 on Friday: The Tigers (17-2) erased a five-point fourth quarter deficit to overcome the scrappy Spartans (14-5), who despite the loss have the opportunity to build into one of the classification’s more potent teams considering the upward potential of their two leading scorers, sophomore shooting guard Emily Cavey and junior point guard Sydney Meis.
No. 4 Valor Christian 43, No. 5 Golden 42 on Friday: In a low-scoring affair defined by tight team defense, junior guard Sara Nealy led the Eagles (15-4) with 13 points and senior power forward Camryn Scott chipped in 11 rebounds. The loss puts the Demons (16-3) out of the chase for the Jeffco League title, but they’re still plenty capable of making a run for the program’s first state championship since 1976.