The Class 3A girls bracket moves into the state semifinals on Friday with games set for 4:00pm and 7:00pm this evening at Hamilton Gym. Colorado Preps will provide in-game updates and final scores on both games plus recaps of the action.
To track scores, please click here for our girls’ basketball scoreboard and game recaps are available below.
Colorado Springs Christian in Finals for First Time under Coach Engesser
The Sterling Tigers were first to score in this one, but their lead was short lived. The first quarter saw little scoring with a closing score of 4-2, Tigers, but from the second on, Colorado Springs Christian took over. The Lions scored 14 in the second and held Sterling to a mere three points. Megan Engesser and Rachel Ingram scored the first 16 points for the Lions, with only three Tigers scoring, to enter halftime with a score of 16-7 in favor of the Lions.
The third quarter began with a 7-0 run by Sterling to get within two of Colorado Springs Christian - however, this would prove to be the closest the Tigers would get to overtaking the Lions for the remainder of the game. Engesser and Ingram once again scored the only points for Colorado Springs Christian in the 3rd, but it was enough to hold off the Tigers, as the score heading into the 4th was 21-16.
The final frame of action was all Colorado Springs Christian. The Lions were up 27-16 before Kylie Chavez hit a three-point shot for Sterling to give them their first points with 2:55 remaining. The Tigers added six more, but the Lions hit 18 in the period to cruise to an easy 39-26 victory. Engesser scored a game-high 21 points and went 12 for 14 at the line, the Lions as a whole dominated the free throw line, shooting 17 of 23. Colorado Springs Christian advances to their first championship game under Coach Engesser - who's boys are also facing Sterling for a chance to advance to the finals - against Lamar tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.
Down to the Buzzer - Lamar Advances
Freshman, Cali Clark has ice in her veins. With less than five seconds left in the game, Lamar had one more chance to tie Centauri after Ember Canty missed from the line on her one-and-one attempt. With a hand in her face, Clark didn't want the tie, she wanted the win - drilling a 25 foot three-point shot to advance the Savages to the 3A Girls State Championship.
The first quarter ended with Lamar holding onto a slim three point lead that was dashed as soon as the second quarter began. Centauri earned their first lead of the afternoon a minute and a half into the 2nd quarter and went on a 7-0 run before Lamar converted one of two from the line with 4:35 remaining in the half. Centauri's largest lead came with just over two minutes to go in the half, leading 15-8 behind an eight point quarter by Canty. The Falcons only allowed four points in the second - all of which coming from the free throw line. However, this all changed out of the break as Lamar came out and scored four quick points to tie the game at 15.
The fourth was slow going, with Caroline Van Berkum scoring the first point of the quarter nearly three minutes in. Both teams struggled mightily to get things going, but Lamar proved to want it more. Although the Savages only scored six in the final frame, the final three points advance them to the finals for a chance to become the 3A Girls State Champions - but they will have to go through the winner of tonight's Sterling/Colorado Springs Christian matchup. The championship game will be at 4 p.m. tomorrow night.