Girls Basketball: Smoky Hill takes sixth, Rangeview eighth in season-opening tournaments

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AURORA | A busy girls basketball tournament season began with Rangeview and Smoky Hill taking the first turns among city schools.

The Buffaloes came away with a sixth-place finish at the eight-team Battle of the Rockies tournament at Rocky Mountain High School, as they fell to Sterling 35-28 in the consolation championship game Dec. 7.

Smoky Hill finished 1-2 at the second annual tournament overall after a 52-34 first-round loss to Longmont and a 61-44 victory over Westminster in the consolation semifinals, improving its overall place by one spot from 2012.

Junior Janay Henderson finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds and senior Brooke Zimmerman also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards in the Buffs’ victory over the Wolves.

Coach DeWayne Brandon’s Smoky Hill team has a non-league road game at Denver East on Dec. 10 ahead of its next tournament, the Dec. 11-14 Douglas County Holiday Tournament.

Rangeview finished eighth in the eight-team Rock Canyon/ThunderRidge Tournament for the second straight season.

The Raiders (0-4) ended up on the short end of a 49-26 decision against Doherty in the Dec. 7 seventh-place game at ThunderRidge High School, which came on the heels of a 92-26 loss to Rock Canyon in the opening round and a 52-32 defeat at the hands of Cherry Creek in the consolation semifinals.

Coach Chris Dolan’s Rangeview team heads to the Dec. 12-14 Littleton Tournament along with Aurora Central.

Other upcoming tournaments involving Aurora girls basketball teams include Cherokee Trail and Grandview taking part in the Grandview Invitational Dec. 11-14; Gateway at the Ponderosa Invitational Dec. 10-14; the Regis Jesuit girls heading to Phoenix Dec. 18-21 for the Nike Tournament of Champions; and Gateway and Cherokee Trail entered in the Heritage Memorial Hoopla Tournament Dec. 19-21.

BATTLE OF THE ROCKIES

At Rocky Mountain High School

Championship: Poudre 44, Rocky Mountain 38; Third-place game: D’Evelyn 59, Longmont 52; Fifth-place game: Sterling 35, SMOKY HILL 28; Seventh-place game: Westminster 37, Lincoln 24

First round: D’Evelyn 51, Sterling 33; Poudre 63, Lincoln 11; Longmont 52, SMOKY HILL 34; Rocky Mountain 64, Westminster 17; Championship semifinals: Poudre 46, D’Evelyn 37; Rocky Mountain 57, Longmont 54; Consolation semifinals: Sterling 59, Lincoln 19; SMOKY HILL 61, Westminster 44

ROCK CANYON/THUNDERRIDGE TOURNAMENT

At ThunderRidge High School

Championship: ThunderRidge 49, Rock Canyon 40; Third-place game: Ralston Valley 42, Arapahoe 28; Fifth-place game: Cherry Creek 68, Arvada West 18; Seventh-place game: Doherty 49, RANGEVIEW 26

First round: Arapahoe 66, Doherty 28; ThunderRidge 57, Arvada West 4; Ralston Valley 61, Cherry Creek 57; Rock Canyon 92, RANGEVIEW 26; Championship semifinals: ThunderRidge 46, Arapahoe 29; Rock Canyon 50, Ralston Valley 41; Consolation semifinals: Arvada West def. Doherty; Cherry Creek 52, RANGEVIEW 32

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel