Hamilton Gymnasium on the campus of DU is the site for the Class 3A girls’ basketball tournament this weekend. Quarterfinals open Thursday followed by the semifinals on Friday and state championship matchups on Saturday. Colorado Preps will provide complete coverage of all games through score updates and game recaps.
To track scores, please click here for our girls’ basketball scoreboard and game recaps are available below.
St. Mary's Cannot Hang on, Sterling Advances
In what looked like a potential upset, St. Mary's lost all momentum and runs out of gas, as Sterling comes back to win 44-38 behind Brooke Polenz's 21 point outing. After doubling up Sterling to end the 1st (14-7), St. Mary's was held to eight points in the final 3 quarters, only outscoring Sterling once in that span. Sterling shoots, 16, 5, and 14 in the final three frames with 16 of Polenz's points coming during the same span.
The third quarter was a slow start for both teams; neither scoring until St. Mary's Seneca Hackley went 2 for 2 at the line with her only points of the half two and a half minutes in. Makenna Bodette and Josephine Howrey each added three more points to give St. Mary's a 30-28 lead heading into the 4th.
With 7:16 remaining in the game, Polenz dove into her own bench to save the ball, setting up a three-point basket by Kyndall Feather to give Sterling its second and final lead of the night, as they never looked back. Bodette hit 2 of 2 at the line to get St. Mary's within one, but her 17 points were not enough as Kylie Chavez went 2 for 2 at the line and sealed the game for Sterling. The Tigers advance and will face Colorado Springs Christian tomorrow night at 7 p.m., winner will advance to state final.
Engesser's Girls' Advance in Overtime Against Manitou Springs, 38-32
Coach Engesser saw his boys advance in the game prior to his girls' OT victory over Manitou Springs 38-32. Just like his boys, the girls battled back and didn't lose sight of securing a win. Colorado Springs Christian entered the 4th trailing Manitou Springs by eight, their largest lead of the night, and then Megan Engesser took over.
In the 4th Engesser scored all nine of the Lions' points while Manitou Springs only managed to score one off a 1 for 2 free throw attempt by Shelby Hard. Manitou Springs' Ariana Olson and Colorado Springs Christian's Engesser scored a game-high 11 points each. Manitou Springs could have used the range of Ali Washington who scored six off two 3-point baskets in the 2nd but was scoreless the rest of the game.
The Lions ended with well rounded offensive play to get the victory and advance to tomorrow's game against tonight's winner of Sterling/St.Mary's. Both games (tonight and tomorrow) will take place at 7 p.m.
Centauri Overcomes Free Throw Woes to Win
Halley Miklos and Hannah Kohl did everything they could to get the win for Liberty Common, but they could not capitalize on chances in the paint or on the problems Centauri had at the line late. Centauri made four of their last ten free throw attempts, but they hit the ones they needed to advance by a score of 41-37.
Centauri's Caroline Van Berkum hit the team's most critical free throws to seal the game. Until that point, the Falcons had missed seven straight, and kept Liberty Common within reach of the upset. Centauri's largest lead of eight was cut to just one with 5:30 remaining in the game, however, Liberty Common could not break past this point.
Melissa Wilson led the way for the Falcons with 10 points, and Alyssa Gomez, Ember Canty, and Van Berkum each had nine. Miklos and Kohl combined for 27 points, but it was eventually a team effort by Centauri pushed the Falcons onto the next round to face Lamar at 4 p.m. on Friday.
THRILLER IN OVERTIME AS LAMAR EDGES PAGOSA SPRINGS 43-42
The first game of the 3A tournament did not disappoint today, as the Lamar Savages edge out the Pagosa Springs Pirates in overtime. Lamar's Brenna Vallejos hit two free throws with one second remaining to put her team up, 43-42. Despite a last second shot by Pagosa Springs, they fell by the same score.
Lamar advances to the next round and will play the winner of Centauri/Liberty Common tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. Cali Clark of Lamar scored a game-high 16 points, but fouled out within the first minute of the 4th - allowing Pagosa Springs to make a push for a come back. Less than a minute and a half later, Lamar also lost Brecken Payne to fouls. Pagosa Springs' Morgan Lewis tied the game late in the 4th and helped propel her team to overtime.
In overtime, Lewis began the scoring for Pagosa Springs to give them a 40-38 lead. Cassie Forgue of Lamar went 3 of 4 from the line in overtime. However, Pagosa Springs regained the lead on a sot by Megan Farrah. Driving to the basket and fouled with one second to go, Vallejos hit both free throw attempts to send Lamar to the next round.