Girls hoops: Leaders starting to emerge
After three games, four teams have emerged on top of the Continental League girls basketball standings.
Regis Jesuit, Highlands Ranch, Rock Canyon and ThunderRidge opened league play with 3-0 records heading into this week’s action.
On Tuesday night all four of the top teams were on the road with Highlands Ranch at Castle View, ThunderRidge at Littleton, Regis at Mountain Vista and Rock Canyon at Legend.
Littleton visits Rock Canyon Friday and the first of the showdowns between the top teams will take place Saturday night when ThunderRidge goes to Highlands Ranch. Legend plays at Regis Saturday night.
The following is a review of last week’s action:
HIGHLANDS RANCH - The Falcons allowed Douglas County only six points in the last three quarters, including none in the third, in a 94-17 romp over the Huskies.
Shelby Hickey scored 20 points and Abriana Lujan 19 against Douglas County.
Highlands Ranch jumped to a 36-12 lead and didn’t let up in a 69-25 pasting of Heritage as Kelsey Wainright led the way for the Falcons with 13 points.
ROCK CANYON - The Jaguars took a 20-5 lead after the first quarter enroute to a 72-60 win over Mountain Vista.
Kendall Koslosky scored 29 points and Lexy Thorderson had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Golden Eagles.
Rock Canyon, paced by Koslosky’s 24 points, won its eighth straight game with a 63-26 rout of Douglas County.
THUNDERRIDGE - The Grizzlies took care of business in a 78-36 pasting of Ponderosa and followed by whipping Legend, 60-31.
CHAPARRAL - Katie Longwell scored 16 points to help the Wolverines beat Castle View, 56-42, and despite a big second half Chaparral dropped a narrow 59-56 decision to top-ranked Regis.
Katrina Bacovcin scored 16 points against the Raiders while Kyleigh Rees had 15 and Natalie Baker 14 points.
CASTLE VIEW - Jess McGovern had 20 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Chaparral and the 6-foot junior led four players in double figures with an 18 point effort in the Sabercats 79-32 win over Ponderosa.
LEGEND - Mataya Racek exploded for 25 points and Joey Sale had 12 rebounds in the Titans 48-42 victory over Heritage.
Sale had 11 points but Legend shot only 14 percent from the field in its loss to ThunderRidge.
DOUGLAS COUNTY - Taylor McQueen’s seven points was high for the Huskies in the loss to Highlands Ranch.
PONDEROSA - The Lady Mustangs suffered three losses as their losing skid stretched to four games.
Ponderosa lost to ThunderRidge and Castle View before dropping a 75-51 non-league game to Valor Christian.
Kari Keogh and Taylor Saunders each scored 14 points against ThunderRidge and Keogh turned in a 22-point scoring effort in the loss to Valor.
LUTHERAN - The Lions, ranked No. 2 in Class 2A, picked up two Metro League wins.
Lutheran beat Jefferson Academy, 51-37, and downed Bishop Machebeuf, 37-26, to remain undefeated.
Jen Vigil had 11 points in each game to spark the Lions who now face five consecutive road games.
VALOR CHRISTIAN - Kendall Bradbury’s 21 points helped the Eagles secured their third straight victory with a 24-point conquest of Ponderosa.