Girls hoops: Lutheran rolls through Metro foes

Jim Benton
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Lutheran, a Class 2A school, wrapped up the Metro League basketball title with wins last week over Manual and Colorado Academy.

The Lions finished with a 9-0 record against Class 3A teams in the Metro League and has four remaining non-league games before heading into the Class 2A state playoffs.

Jennifer Vigil scored 17 points and younger sister Kristen had 13 in the 63-39 win over Manual and the Lions, ranked second in the state’s Class 2A poll, drubbed Colorado Academy, 56-37, to earn the league title.

“Winning the Metro League is something we are very proud of,” said Lutheran coach Mark Duitsman. “You look at the schools in this conference and you know that a league championship does not come around very often. Schools such as Holy Family, Faith Christian, Machebeuf, these are perennial powerhouses in girls basketball and for Lutheran to be on top of that list this season is quite an accomplishment by these girls.

“There is humility about this group that is very rare. They understand that all of this is a gift. Their talent, this team, the league title, even the chance to play this game, it is all a gift from God and these girls just want to make the most of the opportunity they have been blessed with. The accomplishment of winning the Metro League is something that we certainly celebrate, and it is something that can never be taken away from this team, but we also know that the we still have work to do.”

The Lions faced Belleview Christian Tuesday and have games against Denver Christian, University and Byers to finish the regular season.

“The girls on this team, they’ve experienced it all throughout their careers,” added Duitsman. “Buzzer-beaters to end your season, a consolidation, season-ending injuries, state runners-up last year, as well as state championships in volleyball. This is a mature group with excellent perspective on what high school sports are all about.

“They’ve been through the highs and lows, and they’re at a point where they just don’t get caught up in all of it.”

Duitsman emphasized the Lions will not relax.

“Now that we’re through the 3A schedule, we can focus on the remaining games and the 2A playoffs,” he said. “Like always, we’ll take it one game at a time. We’re going to get everyone’s best shot, and you can bet they’re going to get ours as well.”

In the state rankings released Monday, Lutheran remained second but Highlands Ranch dropped from second to third in the Class 5A poll. Rock Canyon slipped to eighth but Chaparral moved up to sixth.

In other action last week:

ROCK CANYON - It was a tough week for the Jaguars as they lost to No. 8 Chaparral, 62-56, and fell to No. 2 Highlands Ranch.

Lexy Thorderson scored 18 and 20 points to pace Rock Canyon in both games.

CHAPARRAL - The Wolverines jumped to an 11-0 lead and held off Rock Canyon behind Katrina Bacovcin’s 18 points.

Chaparral used a 27-11 second quarter to beat Douglas County, 77-41, as Katie Longwell led the way with 20 points.

CASTLE VIEW - Jess McGovern scored 21 points to lead the Sabercats to a 65-41 victory over Legend and McGovern had 17 points in a 69-35 trouncing of Littleton as 11 of the 12 players who played scored for the victors.

PONDEROSA - Kari Keough, the leading scorer in the Continental League with a 16.5 scoring average, scored 21 points in the setback to Mountain Vista.

Keough had 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 49-43 win over Legend. She hit six straight free throws to close out the scoring for the Lady Mustangs who outscored the Titans 17-7 in the fourth quarter.

LEGEND - Legend dropped Continental League games to Castle View and Ponderosa but came back for a 58-30 non-league win over Aurora Hinkley.

Mataya Racek scored 13 points against Castle view and 21 against Hinkley, while the league’s leading rebounder Joey Sale grabbed 16 rebounds in the loss to Ponderosa. Amanda Benglen had 14 rebounds against the Mustangs as Legend pulled down 51 rebounds in the game that saw the teams combine to shoot 32-of-115 for the game.

DOUGLAS COUNTY - Taylor McQueen’s 13 points was tops for the Huskies in the loss to Littleton and Rachael Terbush scored 17 points in the setback to Castle View.

VALOR CHRISTIAN - The Eagles posted their fifth straight win with a 65-29 conquest of Cheyenne Mountain as Valor Christian improved to 10-11.