- There is a girl’s basketball team in Jeffco that has the goods to win a state basketball championship but it is not the team you are thinking.
While D’Evelyn certainly has the talent and reputation to make a deep run in the 4A tournament, …
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While D’Evelyn certainly has the talent and reputation to make a deep run in the 4A tournament, it is 5A Lakewood that may give Jeffco their best opportunity at a state title as the 2014 CHSAA State Girls Basketball Championships kicks off this week.
The Tigers rolled over 5A Jeffco this season compiling a 22-1 record (16-0 in 5A Jeffco).
Led by head coach Chris Poisson Lakewood took a giant step this season and was rewarded as a No. 2 seed in the tourney that will have a first round bye and will play the winner of No. 7 Doherty and No. 10 Mountain Range.
Ralston Valley (18-5, 14-2 in 5A Jeffco) will enter the tournament as a No. 5 seed who will host No. 12 Eaglecrest.
And finally in 5A Jeffco No. 9 Bear Creek (11-12, 6-10 in 5A Jeffco) will travel to No. 10 Rocky Mountain.
In 4A Jeffco D’Evelyn (19-4, 13-1 in 4A Jeffco), last year’s state runner-up, earned a bye as a No. 2 seed and will play the winner of No. 7 Canon City and No. 10 Delta.
The Jaguars returned nearly their entire team from last season, yet expectations for the team to go deep into the playoffs aren’t as high as they were last season. Perhaps D’Evelyn could use the lower expectations as fuel for their fire.
Green Mountain (19-4, 12-2 in 4A Jeffco) also earned a first round bye as a No. 4 seed. The Rams will play the winner of No. 5 Thompson Valley and No. 12 Fort Morgan.
No. 7 Golden (12-11, 8-6 in 4A Jeffco) will host No. 10 John F. Kennedy in their first round game. The Demons were led to the playoffs by first year coach Shea Scarlett, who had his team close to being an elite unit this season.
All second round games will be played on Friday night.
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