A string of buzzer beaters highlighted the best game of the day at Moby Arena as the No. 1 Centauri High School girls basketball team held off Bishop Machebeuf for a 68-67 triple-overtime win.
Centauri (22-2) hit a late 3-pointer to get the game to get to overtime. Then Machebeuf’s Lucy Rodgers hit a 3 at the buzzer at the end of the first overtime to send it to a second. Then it was Centauri’s turn as Taylor Wilson hit a buzzer beater of her own before to get to a third overtime where Centauri finally put the game away to cap the wildest action of the day.
Wilson ended as the games leading scorer with 20 points. Jasmine Gallegos had 16, as did Tori Fringer as Centauri advanced to the Final Four. Centauri plays St. Mary’s at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Danna Jenkins had 16 for Machebeuf (18-6) and Aisha May had 14.
(3) DENVER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 39, (6) PAGOSA SPRINGS 32 — After only scoring 12 points in the first half, Denver Science & Technology (23-2) came storming back in the second half to avoid an upset. Bailee Cotton did a bulk of the scoring for DSST as she poured in 20 points. DSST will play at 8:30 Friday night against the winner of the late game Thursday between (2) Holy Family and (7) Trinidad.
Anissa Lucero had 14 for Pagosa Springs (20-4) and Taylor Strohecker had 11.
(4) ST. MARY’S 37, (12) KENT DENVER 34 — Solid defense that held Kent Denver under 10 points in three of four quarters carried St. Mary’s (22-4) into the Final Four. St. Mary’s was led by nine points from Emily Whitelaw and eight from Gabi Florek. Kent Denver (20-5) was led by 12 points from Chloe Graves.
St. Mary’s will play top-seeded Centauri at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
(2) HOLY FAMILY, (7) TRINIDAD — Late. The winner of this game will play Denver Science & Technology at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
(7) PAGOSA SPRINGS 54, (15) COLORADO ACADEMY 51 — A late fourth quarter surge that saw Colorado Academy outscore Pagosa Springs 20-12 wasn’t quite enough as Pagosa Springs (21-3) advanced to the Final Four led by 20 points from Kain Lucero and 14 from Zachariah Griego. Pagosa Springs will play Eaton at 7 p.m. Friday.
Justin Bassey had 15 and Jack Buckmelter had 14 for Colorado Academy (17-8).
(4) BRUSH 47, (21) FAITH CHRISTIAN 43 — Geoffrey Dunker had 18 points on 7-13 shooting to power Brush (22-3) into the Final Four. Teammate Bryce Needens added 10. Spencer Bazz was the only Faith Christian (14-11) player to hit double figures in scoring.
(1) KENT DENVER 55, (9) STERLING 36 — Michael Hanley scored 13 points, Brian Boatman added 11 and Josh Repine had 10, including two 3-pointers as top-seeded Kent Denver (24-1) advanced to the Final Four. Collin Sanger led Sterling (20-5) with 11 points.