Le­gend to take shot at Cougars

The Denver Post - - SPORTS OFF & RUNNING - By Kyle New­man BOYS HOOPS GIRLS HOOPS

The fol­low­ing is a look at the mar­quee games to watch for this week in boys and girls bas­ket­ball: Bo­ley’s Titans are cat­alyzed by sopho­more guard Caleb Tam­minga’s 14.8 points per game as well as the lead­er­ship of se­nior cap­tain Blake Fields. The Cougars, mean­while, are com­ing off a nail-bit­ing vic­tory over Lake­wood and are play­ing with enough swag­ger to beat any team in the state. Daryl John­son’s Tigers boast four scor­ers in dou­ble fig­ures and play with out­stand­ing in­ten­sity on the de­fen­sive end. The red-hot Griz­zlies, mean­while, have a po­tent one-two of­fen­sive punch in se­nior Corey Seng and ju­nior Kai­son Ham­monds. brand-new start­ing lineup has looked dan­ger­ous thus far, as ju­nior point guard Tuc­son Red­ding, ju­nior for­ward Goy Wang and the rest of the Blaz­ers look to be a team on the rise. Mean­while, the Jaguars top­pled top-ranked Ea­gle­crest on Dec. 6 and fol­lowed that up with four con­sec­u­tive wins in an out-of-state tour­na­ment in San An­to­nio.

Even with the grad­u­a­tion of three key se­niors and the trans­fer of lead­ing scorer Leilah Vigil, this year’s Fal­cons may be even bet­ter than last year’s state run­ner-up team. Tommi Ol­son, Au­tumn Watts & Co. are hard to keep up with scor­ing-wise. But Monarch is a force, too, as coach Bill Bradley’s squad is head­lined by three ca­pa­ble scor­ers in se­nior point guard Pey­ton Carter, se­nior for­ward Jas­mine Jef­f­coat and sopho­more cen­ter Emer­son Her­rmann. Francesca Belibi (18 points per game) isn’t the only elite player on the Raiders, as ju­nior cen­ter Noelle Cahill and fresh­man point guard Jada Moore give youth­ful Regis Je­suit room to grow into a ti­tle con­tender. And last week, Pine Creek cruised to the Boul­der County In­vi­ta­tional tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship largely thanks to the play of se­nior Court­ney Stan­ton. Moun­tain High School Hol­i­day Clas­sic show­down, the two-time de­fend­ing 4A cham­pion Ea­gles will lean on the scor­ing of se­niors Tess Boade and Mary New­land. The Wizards are head­lined by ju­nior guard Michaela Mo­ran.

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