Ralston Valley into Sweet 16 with win over Fairview

Daniel Williams
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ARVADA - After earning a bye for their exceptional regular season efforts Ralston Valley took care of business in the second round of the state tournament.

The No. 3 Mustangs defeated No. 6 Fairview 46-33 Saturday at Ralston Valley High School, setting up a Tuesday meeting with No. 2 Palmer (game results not available before press time).

Ralston Valley senior Kaylynn Iszler scored 14 points and recorded four steals, and junior Amanda Lefholz added 10 points in the victory over Fairview.

The Mustangs used a huge first quarter where they outscored Fairview 19-4 to fuel their victory. If Ralston Valley (22-2, 16-0) beats Palmer they will face either Highlands Ranch or Lakewood on Thursday at a venue yet to be determined.

A-West falls in 1st round

Despite Corey Hendrickson’s huge stat line No. 11 Arvada West had their season ended by No. 6 Castle View Tuesday at Castle View High School.

Hendrickson, a senior at A-West, scored a game-high 17 points and added 15 rebounds.

However, A-West has no answers for a Castle View team that had 12 different players score points, including 16 points from Savanna Heebner.

Castle View attacked A-West immediately and never allowed the Wildcats to get their footing, taking a 42-15 lead into halftime.

Still, A-West (6-18, 5-11) is using the loss and tournament experience as a learning tool. The Wildcats have six juniors on their roster, as well as a sophomore and a freshman.

Pomona bounced by Monarch

No. 11 Pomona was no match for No. 6 Pomona falling 82-39 Feb. 26 at Monarch High School.

Monarch had three double-digit scorers, and six different players scored at least eight points in their win.

Pomona senior Rachel Oester led the Panthers with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The interesting thing about Pomona’s season is the fact that despite starting their season 6-3, they went on to lose 12 of their last 15 games.

Still, the Panthers (9-15, 4-12) have three freshman and two sophomore’s that gained valuable varsity experience, and Pomona will be looking to rise from the bottom of the 5A Jeffco standings next season.