Top-seeded Valor Christian, defending state champion Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit, Grandview, Highlands Ranch, Arapahoe and Cherokee Trail were south metro teams to notch second-round victories in the …
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Top-seeded Valor Christian, defending state champion Cherry Creek, Regis Jesuit, Grandview, Highlands Ranch, Arapahoe and Cherokee Trail were south metro teams to notch second-round victories in the Class 5A girls state basketball playoffs.
Sweet 16 games were scheduled to be played March 3.
Valor made 59 percent of its field goal attempts in rolling to a 91-30 victory over the Far Northeast Warriors on Feb. 28, when all the second-round games were played. The Eagles had five players in double digits, led by Mariah Hillard and Raegan Beers with 16 points each.
Cherry Creek, the No. 2 seed, used a double-double from senior Cali Clark, who had 25 points and 14 rebounds to sprint to a 77-55 victory over Horizon.
Regis grabbed a 54-11 halftime lead and went on to pound Liberty, 88-24. Sophomore Lauren Betts scored 15 points to lead Grandview in a 76-28 win over Arvada West. Payton Muma, Sarah Mitchell and Taylor Ray each finished with 14 points as Highlands Ranch routed Chatfield, 67-18. Arapahoe’s strong fourth quarter pushed the Warriors to a 43-32 win over ThunderRidge. Dominique Rodriguez scored 16 points in Cherokee Trail’s 62-57 win over Lakewood.
In other second-round games, Rangeview posted a 55-41 conquest of Chaparral and Broomfield edged Mountain Vista, 49-48.
In the first round of the 5A playoffs on Feb. 25, No. 17 Chaparral jumped to a 31-11 halftime advantage and went on to record a 58-27 win over Grand Junction. Senior Jessica Formento and sophomore Avery Bang each scored 16 and had six rebounds to pace the Wolverines.
Arapahoe, seeded 20th, rolled to a 61-30 victory over Douglas County as sophomore Sam Crispe had 14 points and senior Kali March added 13 for the Warriors.
Mountain Vista led 52-23 at halftime, finished with 26 steals to record a 80-45 win over Prairie View. Senior MacKenzie Gamble tossed in 19 points to lead four double-figure scorers for the Golden Eagles.
Lakewood made 12 3-point field goals in a 70-42 conquest over No.42 Rock Canyon. Doherty outscored No. 44 Legend 22-8 in the third quarter in an otherwise close game as the Spartans eliminated the Titans, 47-29.
Ponderosa and Littleton collected first-round wins in the 4A playoffs.
The Mustangs, seeded 18th, held Conifer scoreless in the second and third quarters in a 71-15 win over the Lobos. Junior Liberty Line made six 3-point field goals and scored 30 points for Pondo.
Littleton, seeded 34th, downed No. 31 Denver West, 58-44, as senior Jasmyn Thompson-Harvey and Ava Youngblood-Yazzi each scored 12 points and senior Brook Wolanin added 11 points for the Lions. Susie Puchino had 11 of the 27 steals made by Littleton.
George Washington made a last-minute free throw to beat Ponderosa, 54-53, in the 4A second round.
Littleton hit only 13 percent of its field goal attempts in a 50-12 second round loss to Pueblo West.
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