PITKIN — The Simpson Broncos proved to be too much for Pitkin to handle Thursday night.

PITKIN — The Simpson Broncos proved to be too much for Pitkin to handle Thursday night.

Cameron Bettez drained six 3-pointers, while nine other Broncos scored as they destroyed the homestanding Tigers in a non-district outing, 80-44.

With the win, the Broncos improved to 22-4 on the season and should remain atop the Class C power rankings entering District 3-C play next week. Pitkin dropped to 14-15 overall, but evened its record at 15-15 the next night with a win over Elizabeth.

It took Simpson very little time to establish its dominance on the court, but a quick 8-1 lead as Tanner Yates scored on a couple of buckets, along with a basket each from seniors Austin Williams and Cameron Walker.

Colten Bailey drilled a 3-pointer for Pitkin, while Christian Marquardt and Garrett Edwards got the Tigers within striking distance at 11-6. But by the end of the first period, Bettez drained a pair of 3-pointers, while Williams and Walker continued scoring as the Broncos opened up a 23-10 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Broncos continued to pile it on during the second period, with Williams scoring six points and Bettez bombing in a couple of more shots from distance as Simpson carried a 44-23 advantage into the intermission.

Simpson's dominance continued in the second half as it pulled away for the 36-point win.

Bettez led the Broncos with 24 points in the win, while Williams notched 17 points. Dustin Williams chipped in with eight points.

Marquardt paced the Tigers with 10 points.

GIRLS

Simpson....54

Pitkin.....49

The Simpson Lady Broncos fell behind early, built a 13-point lead in the second half and then held on for dear life as they posted a 54-49 victory over the Pitkin Lady Tigers on Thursday evening in non-district play.

Simpson (15-11) watched as Pitkin (8-21) jumped out to an early 8-2 lead thanks to 3-pointers from Brilee Nolen and Holley Ash. The Lady Tigers continued to hold onto that advantage as Hannah LaCaze scored nine points over the final four minutes of the frame as Pitkin took a 22-16 lead into the second period.

The Lady Broncos responded with a 15-8 surge, getting buckets from Payton Miller and Ally Berry, along with Sarah Flatt as they went into the locker room with a 31-30 lead.

It was all Simpson in the third period as it built a 13-point lead on a 3-pointer from Flatt. The Lady Broncos managed to take a 48-37 advantage into the final frame.

But beginning with a bucket from Nolen, the Lady Tigers began to battle back, cutting the gap to three points, 52-49, on a driving layup from Jayden Austin.

However, the Lady Tigers got no closer as Simpson held on for the win.

Miller led the Lady Broncos with 20 points, while Berry finished with 11 points. Flatt and Torie Calcote had nine each for Simpson.

LaCaze paced the Lady Tigers with 14 points, with Nolen coming in with 13 points.