Girls hoops: Bacovcin torches Montbello
Katrina Bacovcin scored 33 points to set a school record as No. 7 Chaparral posted an 83-36 win over Montbello.
The 6-foot senior broke the previous record of 32 points established by Sam Martin.
Bacovcin, who has committed to play next season at Idaho State, is averaging 13.1 points a game this season.
“Katrina is one of our best players,” said Chaparral coach Tony Speights. “She’s having a nice year. She has done a great amount of work on her game since she has been here.
“Against Montbello she just kind of got on a roll and started knocking down shots. She has the ability to make shots from all over the court as well as attacking the basket. As her coach, I could not be more happy for her.”
WARRIORS WIN - Unbeaten and top-ranked Arapahoe began Centennial League play with a 37-35 win over Cherry Creek and a 50-33 conquest of Smoky Hill.
Ten of 11 players scored against Creek and the Warriors (11-0) displayed more balanced scoring against Smoky Hill with Kera Riley leading the way with 11 points.
TOP TEN BATTLE - Rock Canyon, ranked sixth in last week’s Class 5A poll, collected a 58-47 victory over No. 5 Palmer.
Lexy Thorderson had 17 points while Kendall Koslosky added 16 and Erin McClarie 11 for the Jaguars (8-2).
FALCONS WIN - In another battle of teams ranked in last week’s top 10, No. 4 Highlands Ranch took charge in the second half to earn a 53-34 win over No. 8 Denver East.
Madison Montgomery led the way for the Falcons with 11 points.
BIG VICTORY - Mountain Vista shot only 23 percent from the field but still won by 34 points as the Golden Eagles smashed Montbello, 57-23.
Chelsea Pearson scored 15 points for the winners.
STREAK SNAPPED - Castle View’s seven-game winning streak was snapped as unbeaten Regis notched a 59-33 Continental League win over the Sabercats.
Taylor Nynas had 13 points for Castle View in the setback.
SECOND HALF SURGE - Ponderosa outscored Thornton 42-11 in the second half enroute to a 70-37 victory.
Kari Keogh had a game-high 24 points for the Lady Mustangs.
LEGEND LOSS - Sophomore Joey Sale had 11 points but it wasn’t enough as Pine Creek pinned a 38-31 loss on Legend.
THIRD STRAIGHT - Littleton shut out Denver North in the second period and cruised to its third straight victory with a 69-20 win over the Vikings.
Laura Puchino scored 14 points and her sister Stephanie added 13 for the Lions.
Heritage failed to end its losing skid as the Eagles lost their fourth game in a row with a 60-35 setback to Palmer.
VALOR ON TOP - Kendall Bradbury, a 5-11 sophomore, scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Valor Christian to a 48-23 win over Pueblo Central.
LUTHERAN ROLLS - Lutheran, the state’s second ranked Class 2A team, overwhelmed St. Mary’s Academy 58-18 and throttled Evangelical Christian 57-40 as Kassidy Kyle led the team with 12 points in each game.
NEW RANKINGS - Regis jumped over Arapahoe into the top spot in the Class 5A girls basketball poll released Monday.
Both Regis and No. 2 Arapahoe are unbeaten. Highlands Ranch was ranked third, Rock Canyon fifth and Chaparral sixth giving the Continental League five teams among the top six teams in the rankings.
Lutheran remained second in the Class 2A poll.