Coal Ridge girls headed to Fort Collins
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
EATON, Colorado – Leading wire to wire, Coal Ridge’s girls basketball team took another step in its surprising playoff run with a 50-38 victory over Salida in Class 3A’s Sweet 16 at Eaton on Saturday.
The Titans, the 27th seed in the 32-team state playoffs, are headed to Colorado State University in Fort Collins for the eight-team state tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday.
It’ll be the Coal Ridge girls’ first trip to state in the school’s five-year history. Coal Ridge’s boys made it to state for the first time last season.
The Titans crafted quite the regional run, upsetting No. 6 Eaton, 53-49, on Friday. After defeating the highly favored Reds on their home court, Coal Ridge coach Rick Schmitz and his players began to think anything was possible come Saturday.
“After [Friday], I sure started to dream a little bit about going to Moby Arena,” Schmitz conceded.
Fourteen points from Sam Wilson, 12 from Brianna Rhodes and nine from Chasity Gonzales paced the Titans against No. 22 Salida.
Coal Ridge takes a 13-11 record to Fort Collins. The Titans will by far be the lowest-seeded team in Fort Collins. At No. 9, St. Mary’s owns the second-lowest seed.
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