Hoops roundup: Bacovcin torches Montbello
Katrina Bacovcin scored 33 points to set a school record as No. 7 Chaparral posted an 83-36 win over Montbello.
The 6-foot senior broke the previous record of 32 points established by Sam Martin.
Bacovcin, who has committed to play next season at Idaho State, is averaging 13.1 points a game this season.
“Katrina is one of our best players,” said Chaparral coach Tony Speights. “She’s having a nice year. She has done a great amount of work on her game since she has been here.
“Against Montbello she just kind of got on a roll and started knocking down shots. She has the ability to make shots from all over the court as well as attacking the basket. As her coach, I could not be more happy for her.”
SECOND HALF SURGE - Ponderosa outscored Thornton 42-11 in the second half enroute to a 70-37 victory.
Kari Keogh had a game-high 24 points for the Lady Mustangs.
LEGEND LOSS - Sophomore Joey Sale had 11 points but it wasn’t enough as Pine Creek pinned a 38-31 loss on Legend.
LUTHERAN ROLLS - Lutheran, the state’s second ranked Class 2A team, overwhelmed St. Mary’s Academy 58-18 and throttled Evangelical Christian 57-40 as Kassidy Kyle led the team with 12 points in each game.
NEW RANKINGS - Regis jumped over Arapahoe into the top spot in the Class 5A girls basketball poll released Monday.
Both Regis and No. 2 Arapahoe are unbeaten. Highlands Ranch was ranked third, Rock Canyon fifth and Chaparral sixth giving the Continental League five teams among the top six teams in the rankings.
Lutheran remained second in the Class 2A poll.
DENVER EAST ROMPS - Mitch Parsons, the highly-sought 6-foot-5 tight end, had his best all-round game of the basketball season in Chaparral’s 78-63 loss to top-ranked Denver East.
Parsons had six points, seven assists, one blocked shot and five rebounds in the loss that left the Wolverines with a 6-7 record.
“He’s really getting his basketball legs back. He’s moving a lot better,” said Chaparral coach Rob Johnson. “He just does little things really well. Coming off football, it’s a different speed for him.
“He’s jumping as high as I’ve ever seen him jump and he weighs 240 pounds. He’s an amazing athlete.”
Sophomore Chris Moody had 21 points and nine rebounds to pace the Wolverines which outrebounded the Angels 26-18.
“The thing you worry about with East is their ability to rebound and being physical around the rim,” said Johnson. “I thought we did as well as we’ve ever done in our matchup there. We were physical on the rim right with them. We played hard. Their speed kind of got us.”
A night earlier East beat ThunderRidge (7-4) 73-53 in a rematch of last season’s third round state playoff game.
ThunderRidge won the 2012 post-season game, 52-49, but couldn’t stop the Angels this season despite Peter Howell’s 12 points and 11 rebounds.
TITANS WIN - Jonathan Cosmann scored 17 points to lead the Legend Titans (8-2) to a 56-42 victory over Palmer.
ANOTHER WIN - Host Ponderosa (7-4) outlasted Denver North, 57-46, as the Mustangs won for the fifth time in the past six games.
EASY WINS -- Lutheran’s margin of victory was 58 points in two wins last week as the Lions, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, downed Vista Peak Prep 50-32 and whipped Evangelical Christian, 70-30.
LEAGUE OPENERS - Continental League play begins Friday with Chaparral going to Highlands Ranch in one of the featured games.
Heritage visits Mountain Vista, ThunderRidge travels to Douglas County, Littleton plays at Legend, Regis Jesuit hosts Castle View and Rock Canyon travels to Ponderosa in the other league openers.
RANKINGS - Mountain Vista remained second in the Class 5A boys basketball poll that was released Monday and ThunderRidge was fourth. Arapahoe is No. 7.
Valor Christian remains the top-ranked Class 4A team while Denver Lutheran is third in the Class 2A poll.