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District tourney slate released

The Glenwood Springs boys basketball team should know its first-round Class 4A District 7 opponent well. After all, the Demons faced the same team Saturday night.

Thanks to a lost coin toss, the Demons dropped from a fourth seed down to sixth and face No. 3-seed Moffat County (8-3 Western Slope League, 12-3 overall) in their opening round Thursday night at 8:15 p.m. at Grand Junction Central High School.

Glenwood (6-6, 8-11) was knotted with Steamboat Springs (6-6, 12-7) for the fourth seed, but lost the coin flip to break the tie. Southwestern League teams Montezuma-Cortez and Montrose automatically received the second and fifth seeds, respectively.



The Demons lost both games this season to Moffat, most recently Saturday night by a 57-55 margin at Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium.

Rifle has a much easier slate, having finished the league schedule with a perfect 12-0 record (14-5 overall). The Bears face the winner of the pigtail game tonight between Delta (3-9, 5-12) and Battle Mountain (1-11, 3-15) at Mesa State College in Grand Junction at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday.



Delta has given the Rifle the tougher time of the two teams, falling to the Bears by margins of eight and seven points in the two previous meetings. The Bears outscored Battle Mountain 124-65 in the two league meetings.

The other first-round contests on Thursday pit Steamboat against Montrose (7-13) at 8:15 p.m. at Grand Junction High School, and defending state champion Montezuma-Cortez (16-3) faces Palisade (5-6, 7-11) at 4:45 p.m. at Mesa State.

On the girls’ side, Rifle enters as the No. 3 seed, while the Demons have a tough road as the No. 7 seed.

Rifle (9-3, 13-6) faces sixth-seed Palisade (6-6, 6-13) at 6:30 p.m. at Grand Junction Central High School. Rifle holds a 2-0 record over the Bulldogs this season, but neither game was a walk in the park, as the Bears won by four and five points.

Glenwood (5-7, 9-10) takes on a bit of an unknown in Southwestern League foe and No. 2 seed Montrose at 3 p.m. at Mesa State. Montrose finished with a record of 6-4 in the SWL, a league consisting of four 5A and two 4A teams. The Indians were 12-8 overall.

Other first-round games slated Thursday include: No. 1-seed Moffat County (12-0, 16-3) against the winner of tonight’s pigtail battle between Battle Mountain and Delta at 6:30 p.m. at Mesa State; and fifth-seed Montezuma-Cortez versus fourth-seed Steamboat at 6:30 p.m. at Grand Junction High School.

The top five teams from the double elimination tournaments advance to the regional round of the state tournament.


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