Aaron Hines scored 16 points and Michael Dermody added 14 Tuesday night to lead the Rocky Mountain High School boys basketball to its second win in three games, a 53-50 victory over visiting Horizon.
Brandon Schneider added eight points for Rocky Mountain (4-14, 2-9 Front Range League), which led 25-23 at halftime and trailed 34-33 after three quarters in a back-and-forth game. Neither team ever led by more than the six-point edge Rocky Mountain built late in the fourth quarter.
The Lobos, though, missed 16 of their 26 free throws, allowing Horizon to keep the pressure on by sending Rocky Mountain players to the line in the final minute.
Jake Ralphs scored 17 points for Horizon (8-10, 4-7).
Rocky Mountain snapped a 10-game losing streak a week earlier with a 63-42 win at Legacy.
FOSSIL RIDGE 58, BOULDER 57 — The SaberCats had the ball, down two with 3.9 seconds left on Tuesday night and a key conference game on the line. They got the ball down low to Alex Semadeni who was fouled, hit the shot and nailed the free throw to steal a road win for Fossil Ridge.
The SaberCats (14-4, 9-2 FRL) got 17 points from Semadeni, 15 from Evan Smith and 13 from Cody McCoy as the pulled even with Monarch in the FRL standings after a Monarch loss on Tuesday night. Fossil and Monarch are now tied for second in the FRL, a game behind Fairview.
WINDSOR 75, SKYLINE 59 — Stifling defense in the first half and an explosive offense in the second added up to a solid road win for Tri-Valley Conference leaders Windsor. The Wizards held Skyline to 12 first-half points before Windsor exploded for 50 in the second half.
Dylan Ochsner scored 19 for Windsor (13-6, 8-2 Tri-Valley) while Lucas Watts added 14, Adam Ross had 13 and Dalton Walker had 12 as the Wizards hit 19-26 from the free throw line.
POUDRE 71, LEGACY 57 — Twenty-two points from Lake Reed and 19 from Lukas Lindquist carried Poudre to a home victory. The Impalas (8-10, 4-7 FRL) used a big first half to victory.
Poudre was up 44-27 after two quarters and never allowed Legacy to make it close.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN 92, DAYSPRING CHRISTIAN 45 — An explosive first quarter saw Resurrection Christian jump out to a 32-5 lead and the Cougars never really struggled as they only failed to hit 100 points when they pulled off the gas pedal in the fourth quarter.
Wyatt Simon had 23 points, Brock Buxman had 21 and Jake Lohr had 15 as RCS moved to 11-4 overall and 6-1 in Mile High League play.
FORT COLLINS 63, MOUNTAIN RANGE 50 — Ryan French scored 17 and Will Duggan added 16 as Fort Collins took down Mountain Range.
The Lambkins (10-8, 7-4 FRL) used a strong defensive effort in the third, holding Mountain Range to only four points, to help pull out the victory.
POUDRE 66, LEGACY 46 — Myanne Hamm and Ashley McDaniel exploded for 22 points each as Poudre rolled to a road victory Tuesday night. The Impalas (16-2, 10-1 FRL) led throughout as they rebounded from their first loss in 15 games last Friday night.
In addition to her 22 points, Hamm had six steals and Ashley McDaniel had 11 rebounds. McKenzie McDaniel added 12 points and Sara Fulmer added seven.
FOSSIL RIDGE 70, BOULDER 53 — Savannah Smith poured in 27 points to lead Fossil to victory at home Tuesday night. She was the only Fossil (12-6, 6-5 FRL) player in double digits. Gracie Cutler had seven and Kellee Willer had six.
The SaberCats next play in a big conference and city showdown on Friday night at Poudre.
HORIZON 67, ROCKY MOUNTAIN 48 — Just like they did to Poudre on Friday night, the Rader sisters caused havoc for another city team, combining to score 25 points to beat Rocky Mountain on Tuesday night.
The Lobos (6-12, 2-9 FRL) mounted a furious rally in the fourth, outscoring Horizon 21-8, but it wasn’t enough. Kelcey Bedard led Rocky with 19 points.
FORT COLLINS 66, MOUNTAIN RANGE 41 — A balanced attack from Fort Collins saw 10 players score, led by 16 from Payton Humpal and 12 from Nicole Lange. The Lambkins (11-7, 7-4 FRL) held Mountain Range under 10 points in each of the first two quarters and never allowed the hosts to score more than 13 in a quarter.
WINDSOR 57, SKYLINE 35 — Windsor continues to dominate the Tri-Valley Conference as the Wizards are still undefeated in league play after taking care of Skyline at home.
Korbyn Ukasick was the only Windsor (16-3, 10-0 Tri-Valley) player in double digits with 16. Ashlee Lemos added nine, as did Brooke Pemberton.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 62, EXCELSIOR 38 — The Eagles raced out to a 22-2 lead after one quarter and never looked back as they moved to 11-4 (6-0 Mile High) with a home win Tuesday night.
Micaela Bush led Heritage Christian with 17 points while Mariah Green added 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Eagles next game is at home Friday night against Alexander Dawson.