After leading Holy Family’s girls basketball team to two more big victories last week, Izzy Hren is showing why she may be the front-runner in the Class 4A MVP race.
The Tigers senior has showcased all year her all-around game, doing a little bit of everything for Holy Family. Hren helped the Tigers (11-2) knock off one of the final undefeated teams in 4A last Tuesday, scoring 18 points to go with 13 rebounds, seven steals and six assists in a 66-30 rout of Berthoud.
Three nights later she was at it again, pouring in 20 points and adding nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals in a 59-44 victory over Windsor.
Freshman Genevieve Gudino added 12 points against Berthoud and junior Amanda Ward chipped in with nine.
The Spartans (12-1) were knocked from the unbeaten ranks along with Golden (12-1), which saw a furious rally come up just short in Jeffco League play against Valor Christian 55-53. Kindyll Wetta paced Valor (10-3) with 21 points before leaving with an injury, and Sara Nealy added 19 points. Makena Prey, Abby Garnett and Elli Garnett combined to score 48 of Golden’s 53 points.
The Eagles fell two nights later to D’Evelyn 59-52. Angi Reed paced the Jaguars (9-4) with 20 points, while Camryn Scott also had 20 for Valor.
Evergreen improved to 11-1 and remained undefeated in Jeffco play with victories over Littleton and Wheat Ridge. Claudia Dillon tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds against Littleton, and went for 17 and 12 against the Farmers.
Thomas Jefferson (12-1) is tied with Golden and Berthoud with the top overall record after victories over Hinkley and Kent Denver. Zoya Robbins, Daija Robbins and Vasi Reiva combined for 35 points against Hinkley, and Zoya Robbins had a monster double-double of 20 points and 19 rebounds against the Sun Devils. The Spartans open Denver Prep League action this week.
Mead remained unbeaten in Tri-Valley play headed into a big clash with Holy Family this week after victories over Frederick and Skyline. Anna Veltien led three Mavericks in double figures with 18 points against Frederick; Anna Maher scored 14 points as Mead had to rally to edge Skyline 43-42.
Mesa Ridge (10-3) pushed its winning streak to six games with victories over Widefield, Harrison and Elizabeth, thanks to a combined 44 points, 31 rebounds and nine blocks from junior Ashley Bowen in the three victories.
The Classical Academy (10-2) bounced back from a loss to Mesa Ridge by defeating Canon City, Woodland Park and Mitchell. Air Academy (11-1) and Lewis-Palmer (10-2) remained undefeated in Pikes Peak action headed into their matchup Friday. Air Academy downed Palmer Ridge and Vista Ridge, and Lewis-Palmer swept past Falcon, Cheyenne Mountain and Legend.
Rifle continues to be a force in the Western Slope League. The Bears (10-1) picked up a pair of league victories over Glenwood Springs and Eagle Valley and edged Montrose as well.
With the DPL opening league play this week, all of 4A will be locked into league contests. Here is a quick look at some of this week’s top games headed into Tuesday Â night:
There is already a logjam at the top of the Northern League after Longmont defeated Centaurus. The Warriors (10-3, 3-1) have a chance to gain an edge when they visit Mountain View (7-6, 3-1) on Tuesday night.
The Warriors had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Trojans last Thursday, but rebounded to handle Northridge behind 15 points from sophomore Riley Negrey. Mountain View lost to Niwot after a sluggish first half, despite a 19-point performance from Laura Lenhart.
Centaurus meets Niwot on Friday night. The Cougars (6-6, 2-1) have talented senior Sophie Grant leading the team with 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
The South Central League kicked off last week, though three teams have yet to play a league game. That will change this week, as Pueblo County (9-4) visits Pueblo West (10-1) on Tuesday and Pueblo South (5-7) on Friday.
County rolled past Kennedy 61-26 last Tuesday thanks to Hailee Stamps’ 17 points and 11 rebounds. The senior leads the Hornets with a 14.8-point average.
West hasn’t played since Jan. 6 but has four games over the next eight days. Olivia Lough leads the Cyclones with 19.7 points a game and Hannah Simental is adding 17.3.
Skyview (7-1, 1-0) opened 4A/3A Colorado 7 League play with a 32-23 victory over Arvada. Senior Karizma Garcia (11.1 points) and junior Sophia Trujillo (10.1 points) pace the Wolverines, who get a test Tuesday night against Fort Morgan (6-6, 2-0).
The Mustangs handled Conifer and Arvada to open league play before falling 61-53 to Roosevelt in non-league play. Senior Haley Lewis is averaging 17.3 points a game to go with 8.6 rebounds.
Fresh off its upset of Valor Christian, D’Evelyn (9-4, 2-2) continues Jeffco play against Standley Lake (10-3, 2-2) on Wednesday.
Like Hren with Holy Family, Angi Reed has done a bit of everything for the Jaguars. The senior averages 13.4 points, five assists and 5.7 steals a night. After a tough opening stretch with Golden and Evergreen, D’Evelyn has a chance to gain some momentum before the second go-round through league.
Standley Lake’s league losses also came to Golden and Evergreen. Senior Savannah Martin continues to tear up opposing defenses with 15 points a game and 13.5 rebounds.
Trying to keep pace with Mesa Ridge in the Colorado Springs Metro standings, The Classical Academy (10-2, 4-1) hosts Sierra (8-4, 4-1) on Thursday night.
Sierra has won four in a row and topped the 100-point mark last Thursday against Mitchell. Five players reached double figures in points and 11 players scored. Aubrey Robinson leads the team with 14.5 points a game.
TCA has three players scoring in double figures, with Raegan Bervig leading the way at 14 points.
In what may be the best game of a loaded Friday night schedule, the past two state champions tangle when Evergreen (11-1, 4-0) heads to Valor Christian (10-3, 3-1) in Jeffco action.
The Cougars, the defending champions, are one of the state’s hottest teams at the moment. Evergreen has won eight in a row and hasn’t allowed an opponent to score more than 34 points during that stretch. Dillon is averaging a double-double at 16.8 points and 10 rebounds, and Baylee Galan-Browne and Hannah Kennedy have given a big lift as well.
After Wetta, Valor has four seniors averaging 7-8 points a game in Abby Wright, Stephanie Coors, Madison Altman and Scott.
Holy Family, the only team to defeat Evergreen this season, gets the chance to pull into first place in the Tri-Valley when the Tigers (11-2, 4-0) host Mead (10-2, 4-0) on Friday night.
Seniors Maher and Veltien are both averaging a little more than 12 points a game for the Mavericks, who visit Windsor on Tuesday night. Hren is up to 16.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 4.5 steals for Holy Family.
In addition to hosting Mead, Windsor (7-4, 2-1) also travels to Berthoud (12-1, 3-1).
Finally, the Pikes Peak League has its biggest game to date Friday night when Air Academy (11-1, 4-0) takes on Lewis-Palmer (10-2, 4-0).
Mary Parchinksi (9.9 points) and Kylee Blacksten (9.3) pace a Kadets team that has won eight in a row and has allowed an opponent to reach 40 points only once (a 41-32 loss to Pueblo County).
Lewis-Palmer has won six consecutive games. Kaity Hovasse’s 12.6 points and 9.1 rebounds are first on the squad.