High school state basketball brackets set; Coal Ridge teams home Tuesday
Glenwood, Grand Valley girls on the road
The Coal Ridge High School boys and girls basketball teams will both be home Tuesday night to open the Class 3A state basketball tournament.
Meanwhile, on the road to open their postseason bid will be the No. 22 Glenwood Springs girls in the 4A tournament, playing at No. 11 Weld Central Tuesday evening.
The 11-3 Coal Ridge boys earned the No. 13 seed in the 24-team 3A boys tournament. The Titans will host No. 20 Buena Vista (8-3) at 7 p.m. at the Coal Ridge gym.
Buena Vista finished fifth in the tough 3A Tri-Peaks League behind the No. 1 team in the state going into the tournament, St. Mary’s, as well as Manitou Springs (No. 4), Colorado Springs Christian (No. 14) and Salida (No. 18).
Coal Ridge emerged as the top team in the WSL, even though second-place Aspen, at 12-1 overall, earned the higher state tournament seed at No. 6. Also representing the WSL in the tournament will be Gunnison at No. 15.
Also posting an 11-3 record on the season, the Lady Titans enter the girls tournament as the 15th seed in the 24-team field. They host No. 18 Ellicott (9-4) at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The Lady Thunderhawks also finished fifth in the Tri-Peaks League behind No. 1 The Vanguard School, St. Mary’s (No. 11), Lamar (No. 16) and Manitou Springs (No. 21).
The Lady Titans finished third in the Western Slope League behind Delta and Moffat County, who enter the state tournament as the Nos. 5 and 12 seeds, respectively.
Basalt is also in as the No. 17 seed, traveling to play No. 16 Lamar Tuesday night; and Grand Valley (8-6) slipped in as the 24th seed, opening on the road at No. 9 Pagosa Springs Tuesday night.
Glenwood’s Lady Demons (8-4) won the Western Slope League and enter the 32-team 4A girls tournament as the league’s top seed. However, they’ll have to prove themselves on the road at 12-2 Weld Central.
The Rebels emerged the winners of the 4A Colorado League, ahead of Thornton (No. 19) and Aurora Central, which did not make the tournament.
Other 4A Western Slope League representatives in the girls 4A tourney are Palisade (No. 28) and Battle Mountain (No. 31).
Just missing the tournament cut by one spot were the Rifle High School boys and girls, both at No. 33 in the final state RPI regular season power rankings.
Winners of the Tuesday night games in both classifications advance to the round of 16 on Thursday, with the higher seed hosting.
Note: For the Coal Ridge games Tuesday, due to COVID-19 rules, the school will be allowing 175 spectators, including two tickets per athlete and one ticket per coach on the visiting teams. The remaining 148 tickets are available to Coal Ridge fans, game workers and media.
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