Basketball roundup: Legacy girls upset ThunderRidge

Jefferson Academy boys ranked No. 1 in 3A

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The Legacy girls basketball team beat No. 8 ThunderRidge Feb. 28 in the second round of the 5A girls state tournament. The Lightning came out strong taking a 21-14 lead at halftime. Legacy didn’t let up in the second half, upsetting ThunderRidge 40-36. Legacy also beat Chatfield in the first round Feb. 25, 61-58.

The Lightning will compete against Dakota Ridge March 4 in the Sweet 16. If they win, they will play either Fossil Ridge or Denver East in the Great 8, March 6.

Front Range League — Horizon girls earned a first-round bye, but then lost to Castle View 56-52 in the second round of the tournament. Horizon boys beat George Washington 62-49 in the first round, but fell in the second round to Highlands Ranch 70-41.

The Mountain Range boys beat Northglenn in the first round 60-40, but then lost to Mountain Vista in the second round 78-56. Mountain Range girls fell to Doherty, Feb 25 in the first round, 61-47.

Jeffco League — Standley Lake girls fell to Legend 45-33 in the first round of the tournament. Standley Lake boys also lost in the first round 67-58 to Smoky Hill.

East Metro League — Westminster girls lost to Monarch 60-34 in the first round.

Metropolitan League — Jefferson Academy boys earned the No. 1 spot in the state tournament after winning the championship game at the district tournament. The Jaguars beat Bishop Machebeuf, Holy Family and Colorado Academy for first place. Jefferson Academy will begin the state tournament against Eagle Ridge Academy at 5 p.m. March 7. If they win, they will play either Manitou Springs or Jefferson March 8, in the Sweet 16.

Holy Family boys are ranked No. 2 in the state tournament after winning third place in the league tournament against Faith Christian. The Tigers first-round opponent is No. 31 Sterling at 6 p.m. March 7. If they win, Holy Family will play either Centauri or Ellicott at 2 p.m. March 8. Holy Family girls swept the league tournament winning all three games earning the No. 1 spot in the state tournament. The Tigers will play Estes Park at 4:30 p.m. March 7. If they move on, they play either Centauri or Cedaredge at 1 p.m. March 8.

Frontier League — The Academy boys won third place in the league tournament over Clear Creek and will play Faith Christian on March 7, in the first round of the state tournament. They will play either Alamosa or The Classical Academy in the Sweet 16 if they beat Faith Christian. The Academy girls play Bishop Machebeuf at 3 p.m. March 7, and if they move on will play either Moffat County or Middle Park at 1 p.m. March 8.

The Pinnacle boys won two games and lost one in the Frontier League Tournament. The Timberwolves will play Grand Valley at 7:30 p.m. March 7, in the first round. If they win, they will play either Colorado Springs Christian or Frontier Academy at 1 p.m. March 8.

The girl’s team play Manitou Springs at 6:30 p.m. March 7, and if they move on will play either Grand Valley or Kent Denver in the second round March 8.

5280 League — The Belleview Christian girl’s team earned the No. 3 spot in the 1A Region 2 tournament and a first-round bye. They will play the winner of the game between Briggsdale and Otis.

Rocky Mountain Lutheran girls play Hi-Plains in the 1A Region 2 Tournament. If they win, they will play No. 1 Caliche.