Here’s a list of notable performances in Class 5A and Class 4A boys/girls basketball for the week culminating on Saturday, Jan. 20.
Class 5A Boys
No. 8 Overland 52, No. 6 Grandview 51 on Wednesday: Senior Daijon Smith, whom coach Danny Fisher calls “crucial” to Overland’s ultimate goal of a third state championship, proved why he might be the most underrated point guard in the state with a step-back three in the corner at the buzzer to give the Blazers (8-7) the Centennial League victory over the Wolves (11-3).
No. 7 Regis Jesuit 78, No. 9 Doherty 76 on Friday: In non-conference action in Aurora, the Raiders (12-4) needed overtime to defeat the Spartans (12-3) in front of a rowdy crowd. Spartans senior leader Kyrele Benford had the game-tying lay-up with under ten seconds in regulation to force overtime, where senior guard Sam Bannec and Regis Jesuit buckled down for one more defensive stop than the visitors.
Class 4A Boys
No. 5 Valor Christian 62, No. 9 Evergreen 57 on Friday: A tie ballgame at half, the Eagles (9-6) were catalyzed by the rebounding and interior toughness of 6-foot-5 sophomore forward Roger Rosengarten to propel Valor Christian to its seventh straight victory. Coach Troy Pachner & Co. also move to 6-0 and sole possession of first place in the 4A Jeffco League, with a rematch against the Cougars (12-3) coming Feb. 13.
No. 8 Silver Creek 73, Mountain View 65 on Friday: In a Northern League battle, the Raptors (10-2) jumped out to a 16-3 lead after one quarter and never looked back, despite the fact they were outscored by 10 in the second half by the Mountain Lions (9-6). Senior center Erik Grossaint was key for Silver Creek in the paint, while Mountain View was led by senior guard Brexton Butcher.
Class 5A Girls
No. 5 Castle View 41, Chaparral 32 on Thursday: In a low-scoring Continental League affair, the Sabercats (14-2) remained undefeated in the state of Colorado this season behind a game-high 22 points from junior small forward India Cole. Junior power forward Madison Hema and senior power forward Alexis Walker also pulled down nine rebounds each to defeat the Wolverines (11-5).
Arapahoe 53, Cherokee Trail 35 on Friday: Sophomore point guard Kali March led the Warriors with a dozen points, while junior Eliana McClarie and senior Mia Middleton each chipped in 11 as the Warriors (9-6) earned a Centennial League road victory over the Cougars (4-10). Sophomore Destinee Paulk was once again a spark for Cherokee Trail, pacing all scorers with 14.
Class 4A Girls
No. 2 Evergreen 52, No. 3 Valor Christian 33 on Friday: The Cougars (13-1) came out and played with the confidence of a defending champion while cruising to the wire-to-wire victory. Coach Amy Bahl and Evergreen are now in command of the 4A Jeffco League with a 6-0 mark, with a showdown against No. 4 Golden looming next week. Senior guard Madison Altman led the Eagles (11-4) with a dozen points.
Windsor 70, No. 10 Berthoud 61 on Friday: In a Tri-Valley contest that was back-and-forth from the very beginning, the Wizards (9-4) rode strong scoring efforts from senior guard Michaela Moran (23 points), senior power forward Madi Denzel (13) and junior center Ally Kennis (11) to overcome the upstart Spartans (13-2), who are playoff-caliber with sophomore small forward Emily Cavey leading the way.