- Wheat Ridge’s upset bid fell short and D’Evelyn maintained their slim lead over their entire league after a 76-69 win Wednesday at D’Evelyn High School.
The Jaguars hung on even though Wheat Ridge outscored them by 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Big nights by two of Jeffco’s biggest scorers left the Farmers without a chance.
Junior Grant Witherspoon nearly recorded a triple double after scoring 30 points to go along with his nine rebounds and seven assists.
D’Evelyn senior Ty McGee scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds and three steals.
And the duo needed to both have big nights in order to hold off Wheat Ridge who also had several big performances, including one impressive debut.
Vedin Kozik transferred from Lakewood to Wheat Ridge for his junior season and CHSAA required that he sit out half of this season.
Kozic made his first appearance as a Farmer a memorable one, scoring 21 points, giving Wheat Ridge a much needed spark.
Senior Stefan Hackethal scored 22 points and had seven rebounds, and sophomore Xavier Dreiling scored 10 points and had six rebounds.
But despite Wheat Ridge’s furious fourth quarter rally, the team once again fell victim to its own slow start.
In the second half of most of their games this season the Farmers have been as good as any opponent they have faced.
However, Wheat Ridge falls behind so early and so often in games that the team is forced to play catch up the entire second half.
The Farmers (5-9, 2-4 in 4A Jeffco) have lost three of their last four games and sit in the middle of their league standings.
Wheat Ridge will play at Green Mountain Friday at 7 p.m.
D’Evelyn (11-2, 6-0 in 4A Jeffco) has won seven straight games and has regained the form that made them one of the state’s best teams last season.
The Jaguars will host Alameda Friday at 7 p.m.