State playoffs resume action on Thursday |

State playoffs resume action on Thursday

Jim NoelkerBasalt basketball players Pam Meyer (5) and Molly McGrath (12) celebrate Friday's win over Pagosa Springs that advanced the Longhorns to Thursday's Class 3A quarterfinals.

The state playoff schedule is set.

After winning their second round games to advance to the Class 3A quarterfinals of the prep state basketball playoffs, the hardest part for the three area teams involved will be the wait between games.

The Basalt girls, along with the boys teams from Aspen and Eagle Valley, advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals with second-round victories last weekend.

After playing the second round in high school gyms, the scene for the rest of the 3A playoffs shifts to the Air Force Academy gym in Colorado Springs.

On Thursday, two of the three area teams that advanced to the quarterfinals have morning contests on tap.

The Eagle Valley boys have the honor of opening the three-day, double-elimination tournament against Western Slope League rival Cedaredge at 10:15 a.m.

The Devils defeated Ignacio, 75-59, to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Following the conclusion of that game, the Basalt-Centauri girls will take the floor.

That game is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m.

The contest between the two schools is a rematch of last year’s regional affair, where Centauri bested Basalt, 45-44.

Basalt advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Pagosa Springs 63-47 on Friday.

Thursday’s eight-game tournament marathon concludes with the Aspen boys against No. 1-seeded Denver Christian at 8:30 p.m.

In a second-round game, played at the Aspen Skierdome on Friday, Aspen defeated Lake County, 62-50, to reach the 3A boys elite eight.

General admission tickets for Thursday’s quarterfinals and Saturday’s semifinals are priced at $7 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors 60 and older.

Pre-sale tickets for high school, junior and middle school students can be purchased through the participating schools at $6 each.

The ticket prices are set by the Colorado High School Activities Association.

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