GARRETT JOHNSTON, Shining Mountain basketball — The sophomore sharpshooter was the leader among several Lions heroes as Shining Mountain, ranked No. 1 in Class 1A, recorded a thrilling overtime win against 3A No. 1 Kent Denver. Johnston led four Lions players in double figures with 19 points, making 5 of 8 shots from the floor and 7 of 9 free throws. Johnston also grabbed five rebounds and helped seal the win by going 4 for 4 at the free-throw line in overtime.
ELLIE DIETZ, Monarch basketball — Dietz turned in a pair of big scoring performances while leading the Coyotes to victories against Fossil Ridge and Rocky Mountain. Against Fossil Ridge, Dietz made 10 of 17 field goals, including five 3-pointers, while scoring a season-high 29 points. Dietz also put together a solid all-around game against Rocky Mountain, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, and three steals.
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