Girls Basketball: Regis Jesuit tops Horizon, earns way back into 5A’s Final Four

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Regis Jesuit juniors Diani Akigbogun (15), Kelsi Lidge, center, and Justine Hall hold up the Kaye Garms Region championship plaque after the Raiders’ 55-42 win over Horizon in a Class 5A Great 8 girls basketball state playoffs game on March 7, 2013, at the Denver Coliseum. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | The Regis Jesuit girls basketball is going back to familiar territory, Boulder.

The top-seeded Raiders cruised past third-seeded Horizon 55-42 Thursday afternoon in a Class 5A girls state Great 8 contest at the Denver Coliseum, securing the first berth in the March 14 semifinals at Coors Events Center.

Junior Justine Hall piled up 20 points, Kelsi Lidge had eight and Diani Akigbogun seven as Regis Jesuit (24-2) never trailed after digging out of a six-point hole in the second quarter.

The Raiders advanced to the Final Four, where they are set for an all-Aurora showdown with No. 1 Grandview, which defeated third-seeded Chaparral 55-38. Regis Jesuit came out on top in the first meeting with the Wolves, which came in mid-January.

Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555

(1) REGIS JESUIT 55, (3) HORIZON 42

Score by quarters:

Horizon         13    8   7  14 — 42

Regis Jesuit  13  13  13  16  — 55

HORIZON (42)

Ashley Rasmussen 1 2-5 4, Gabby Jimenez 4 3-4 12, Alyssa Rader 2 5-6 9, Lauren Bennett 3 0-0 7, Kaylie Rader 4 2-2 10, Linsi Calvo 0 0-0 0, Kayla Chand 0 0-0, Nicole Newgent 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 12-17 42.

REGIS JESUIT (55)

Justine Hall 7 5-5 20, Diani Akigbogun 2 3-9 7, Kelsi Lidge 3 2-2 8, Jess Lewis 0 2-2 2, Jordan Molyneaux 3 0-0 6, Anna Ptasinski 1 4-4 6, Neffie Lockley 2 2-2 6, Katie Drexelius 0 0-0 0, Wendy Dyer 0 0-0 0, Cheyenne Cleveland 0 0-0 0, TaeKenya Cleveland 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 18-24 55.

3-point field goals — Horizon (2): Lauren Bennett, Gabby Jimenez; Regis Jesuit: Justine Hall. Total fouls — Horizon 18, Regis Jesuit 8. Fouled out — Regis Jesuit: Jordan Molyneaux. Technical fouls — None.