Alex Semadeni scored 20 points and Cody McCoy 19 as Fossil Ridge High School’s boys basketball team rallied from an early 12-point deficit Friday night to beat visiting Loveland 75-62.
Loveland made seven of its 14 3-pointers in the opening quarter to build an early 25-13 lead, only to have the SaberCats (9-3, 4-1 Front Range League) close the gap to two at halftime.
“We made some adjustments, and the kids weathered the storm and kept working, and I’m really proud of them for that,” Fossil Ridge coach Matt Johannsen said.
Loveland still led by two entering the fourth quarter, but Fossil Ridge, ranked No. 6 in Class 5A by the Denver Post, took control down the stretch, outscoring the Indians 24-9 in the final eight minutes.
Conor Lang scored 28 points and Jim Etling 15 for Loveland.
Evan Smith added 12 points for Fossil Ridge, which was coming off a difficult overtime loss Tuesday night at Fort Collins.
“It was huge (to come back and win),” Johannsen said. “The other night, it just came down to we didn’t execute, and I think Fort Collins had a lot to do with that. That was the frustrating thing for us, because obviously we need to execute better. That’s what we talked about the last two days in practice, was just executing at both ends of the floor, and we really did that.
“I’m really proud of them.”
GREELEY WEST 53, POUDRE 52 — Lukas Lindquist scored 23 points and Lake Reed had 19 for Poudre (6-6, 2-3 FRL) in a loss at Greeley West.
Austin Miller hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 20 seconds left to give Greeley West a two-point lead. Reed was fouled trying to hit a tying shot and went to the line with one second left to shoot two free throws. After missing the first, he tried to miss the second so the Impalas could try for a tip-in at the buzzer. But the second free throw clanged off the backboard and rim and went in, Poudre coach Steve Hawes said.
Poudre made just 3 of 10 free throws in the game, while Greeley West was 6 of 13.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 63, UNION COLONY 15 — Joel Barreras scored 13 points and Heritage Christian (10-0, 2-0 Mile High League) raced out to a 40-5 halftime lead in a win over host Union Colony in Greeley.
Jake Huebner, Garret Niichel and Elijah Bowsher each scored nine points, while Matthew McGinley and Ryan Hurley each had eight for the Eagles. Union Colony was scoreless in the fourth quarter.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN 55, ALEXANDER DAWSON 24 — Jake Lohr scored 13 points and teammates Brock Buxman and Luke Mondt each had 12 for Resurrection Christian (6-3, 2-0 Mile High League) in a lopsided win over visiting Alexander Dawson.
Resurrection Christian led 28-12 at halftime and 48-15 after three quarters.
POUDRE 61, GREELEY WEST 32 — Myanne Hamm scored 14 points and Poudre (11-1, 5-0 FRL) used its fullcourt press to hold Greeley West to just three points in the first quarter and nine points in the first half.
McKenzie McDaniel added 13 points and Ashley McDaniel 11 for the Impalas, who led 30-9 at halftime and 40-12 entering the fourth quarter. Hamm and the McDaniels twins had seven rebounds apiece.
“We did a good job defensively, got a big lead, and the big three were in double figures again,” Poudre coach Curtis Glesmann said.
LOVELAND 57, FOSSIL RIDGE 55 — Gabby Smith scored 25 points for Fossil Ridge (8-3, 3-2 FRL), but the SaberCats were done in by a lackluster second half and lost at Loveland.
Savannah Smith and Haley Murphy added 12 points apiece for Fossil Ridge, which led 29-21 at halftime and 40-38 entering the fourth quarter.
Fossil Ridge had two open 3-pointers in the final minute, coach Chad Salz said, but missed both shots.
“We came out in the second half very slow, not moving on defense,” Salz said. “Our intensity just dropped off completely. You know Loveland, on their home court, they’re going to make a run, hit some 3s and they did, and we just didn’t respond very well.”
WINDSOR 33, NORTHRIDGE 22 — Sophie Griggs scored 11 points and Windsor (11-3, 5-0 Tri-Valley League) went 9 of 9 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to pull away from host Northridge in Greeley.
Brooke Pemberton added nine points and Mackenzie Ruff six for the Wizards, who trailed 18-16 entering the fourth quarter but outscored the Grizzlies 17-4 over the final eight minutes. Windsor was 17 of 25 at the line for the game, while Northridge was just 1 for 3.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 48, UNION COLONY 26 — Mariah Green was one assist shy of a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Heritage Christian (6-4, 3-2 MHL) in a win at Union Colony in Greeley.
Micaela Bush added 12 points, while Carissa Lewis had eight points and 10 rebounds for Heritage Christian.
DENVER CHRISTIAN 37, LIBERTY COMMON 34 — Molly Gillis scored 12 points and Kayla Rhoads had 10 for Liberty Common (5-6, 1-1 MHL) in a home loss to Denver Christian.
Liberty Common held a slim lead for most of the game and was up by two points entering the fourth quarter. But Denver Christian took a six-point lead midway through the final period, and the Eagles couldn’t catch up.
Down by three with five seconds remaining, the Eagles were trying to get off a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, but Denver Christian stole the inbounds pass to secure the victory.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN 6, SUMMIT COUNTY 5 — Cory Richardson and Tyler Weber each had one goal and one assist to lead visiting Resurrection Christian (9-2, 5-1 Foothills League) over host Summit County in Breckenridge.
John Tower, Tanner Ulland, Jack Shafer and Timothy VanTuinen also scored goals for Resurrection Christian. Garrett Wood had two assists.