Underdog Coal Ridge set to face Olathe
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Coal Ridge’s improbable run through the Class 3A state playoffs continues Thursday with a Great Eight game against a familiar foe.
The Titans open the eight-team girls basketball state tournament in Fort Collins against 3A Western Slope League mate Olathe. Tipoff at Colorado State University’s Moby Arena is set for 8:45 a.m.
Coal Ridge, owner of the No. 27 seed in the 32-team state playoffs, enters the Thursday-Saturday tournament with a 13-11 record.
To put into perspective just how big of underdogs the Titans will be, the field’s seven other teams have a combined 11 losses. The next lowest-seeded team in the field is St. Mary’s, which comes into the weekend with the No. 9 seed.
Olathe enters Thursday’s quarterfinal with a 24-0 record. The Pirates have already faced Coal Ridge three times, winning all three.
The Titans did give Olathe its biggest scare of the season, though, taking the Pirates to overtime back on Jan. 23. Playing in Olathe, Coal Ridge had a few good looks at the basket as time ran out in a 44-43 defeat.
Thursday’s winner moves on to face either No. 2 Holy Family (28-1) or No. 7 Brush (22-2) in Friday’s state semifinals. The loser drops into the consolation bracket.
Monday’s rock slide in Glenwood Canyon, which has shut down a 17-mile stretch of Interstate 70, will force the Titans to take a lengthy alternate to Fort Collins. As such, Coal Ridge will be heading out at 10 a.m. today.
Check Thursday’s Post Independent sports section for a feature on the Coal Ridge girls and their underdog playoff run.
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