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Area Prep teams playoff bound

Phil Sandoval

All four of the area’s Class 4A prep basketball teams are glad about being able to practice at some time today.Being able to practice means that the boys and girls teams from Glenwood Springs and Rifle have made it to the opening round of this weekend’s state playoffs. That fact excites and relieves Glenwood girls coach Deb Henderson.”This is something we worked hard for the last week, week-and-half of the season,” she said. “I haven’t told the girls yet, but we’re excited about it.”A key factor for the Demons was the three-game win streak the Glenwood girls fashioned to close out the regular season.The victories over Battle Mountain, Palisade and Delta raised the Demons’ seasonal mark to 10-12, earning them the No. 11 seed of the Brenda House Region.What’s bad is that all four squads must play all of their games on the road.The Demons have drawn No. 6 Mesa Ridge (13-10) from the Colorado Springs Metro League as their first opponent for a game Friday at No. 2 Regis High School in Denver. Friday’s winner faces 14-7 Pueblo Central, the No. 3 seed.The starting time of all playoff contests will be available later this week. As the No. 7 seed of the Ron Shavlik region, the Demons (12-10) square off against Montrose (10-12), a team they defeated 64-59 at Chavez-Spencer gymnasium on Dec 4. Both teams have changed a lot since then, Glenwood head coach Kevin Flohr said. “They’re not even the same team. They look different, we look different, we’re just happy to be playing,” he said. That game will be Friday at Montezuma-Cortez High School. On the bottom side of the bracket, also Friday at Cortez, No. 6 Rifle (15-7) faces 8-15 Pueblo West, the No. 11 seed out of the South Central League. The winner advances to Saturday’s second-round against Cheyenne Mountain.The Rifle girls were the only area team to draw a first-round bye. The Bears (18-4) open the playoffs as the No. 4 seed of the Lou Piel region and begin with a Saturday matchup against either Elizabeth (No. 5, 13-10), from the Denver Metro League, or Colorado Springs Liberty (No. 12, 7-15) at subregional host Greeley West.


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