The Class 1A girls’ state basketball tournament returns to Greeley and the campus of Northern Colorado this year. First round games take place on Thursday with semifinals on Friday and the championship round on Saturday. Colorado Preps will provide complete coverage of all games through score updates and game recaps.
To track scores, please click here for our girls’ basketball scoreboard and game recaps are available below.
ISENBART TRIO POWERS KIT CARSON OVER NUCLA 51-31
Sisters Micayla, Olivia and Reyna Isenbart combined for 29 points in Kit Carson's 51-31 quarterfinal victory over Nucla. Reyna led the Wildcats with 14 points, while Micayla chipped in nine and Olivia had six. Tess Hornung, the team's leading scorer during the season, bounced back from a one-point first half to tally 12 after the break. Taylor Sickels had a strong second half for Nucla, scoring 16 of her game-high 18 in the last 16 minutes. Kit Carson led by as many as 36 points in the fourth quarter before turning the game over to its reserves.
Kit Carson will get a rematch with South Baca in the 4 pm semifinal tomorrow. South Baca upset the Wildcats in the quarters last year. Nucla will battle with Briggsdale in the 8:45 am consolation semifinals.
FREE THROWS PUSH SOUTH BACA PAST BRIGGSDALE 53-50
After a big three-pointer by Frankie Ormiston to send the game to overtime, South Baca hit its free throws in the bonus session to claim a 53-50 victory over Briggsdale. Bree-ann Carwin matched her season average of 22 points to lead the Patriots in the win, while Jodel Erickson (14) and Skyla Miller (12) led Briggsdale. The Falcons struggled at the foul line in the fourth quarter and overtime, missing seven charity tosses in crunch time.
Briggsdale will play the 8:45 am consolation semifinal, while South Baca will be in the 4 pm championship semifinal. It's the second straight year for the Patriots to be in the semis.
KEISEL'S MONSTER DOUBLE-DOUBLE PACES FLEMING PAST ANTONITO 68-57
Despite a shaky night at the foul line, Alli Keisel recorded a double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Fleming past Antonito 68-57 in the quarterfinals. Antonito put together a 9-0 run over the final 90 seconds of the third quarter to take a 47-44 lead into the fourth, but the Wildcats outscored the Trojans 24-10 in the frame to advance to the Final Four. Kalyn Serrato added 19 points for Fleming. Erykah Tallman had 17 for Antonito before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter.
Fleming will face Heritage Christian in the semifinals, in a rematch of the District 4 title game that the Wildcats won. Antonito, which suffered its first loss of the season, will square off against Eads in the consolation semifinals.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN RALLIES PAST EADS 46-37
Trailing by seven midway through the second quarter, Heritage Christian cranked up the defensive intensity to move past Eads 46-37 in the quarterfinals. Heritage Christian outscored Eads 14-6 in the pivotal third quarter, taking a 29-22 advantage into the fourth. Balance was the key, as four players scored between nine and 11 points for the second seeded Eagles, led by Sarah McGinley. Mariah Smith had 15 for Eads.
Heritage Christian will move into the Final Four, where they will face either Fleming or Antonito. Eads will play the loser of that Fleming and Antonito match-up in the consolation semifinals.