Another busy day of basketball is on tap for the Class 1A girls state tournament in Greeley. Two consolation games start off the schedule followed by the state semifinals during the evening session. Colorado Preps will provide live updates of games in progress and then produce final scores and recaps once the games conclude
To track scores, please click here for our girls’ basketball scoreboard and game recaps are available below.
KIT CARSON RUNS PAST SOUTH BACA 59-37
One year after falling to South Baca in the opening round of the tournament, Kit Carson avenged that loss by routing the Patriots 59-37 in the semifinals. Tess Hornung scored almost at will in the paint, tallying a game-high 25 points for the Wildcats, who also got 12 points from Reyna Isenbart. South Baca received 17 points from Brittany Guthrie and nine from Delaney Eskew, but the offense sputtered at times as leading scorer Bree-ann Carwin was held to four.
South Baca is back in the third place game, looking to finish this trip with hardware after coming up short last year. The Patriots will face Heritage Christian for that trophy. Kit Carson will take its 24-0 mark into the championship game against Fleming. Those two met in the state volleyball match, with Fleming earning the title.
LATE FREE THROW LIFTS FLEMING OVER HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 39-37
Two free throws with different results determined the outcome of the rematch between Fleming and Heritage Christian. In the closing seconds, with a chance to tie the game at 38, Heritage Christian saw its shot go awry. Alli Keisel stepped to the line for Fleming and drained one of two for the Wildcats to ice the 39-37 victory, erasing the sting of an earlier miss. Sarah McGinley got the Eagles off to a strong start with 12 points in the first quarter, but she would not score again until midway through the fourth, eventually finishing with 17 points. With Keisel having an off night, Kalyn Serrato rose to the challenge and put in 15 for the Wildcats.
Heritage Christian suffered its only other loss to Fleming in the District 4 championship game two weeks ago. The Eagles will look to rebound in the third place game against South Baca. Fleming will be trying to avenge a mid-season loss to Kit Carson, as they fell at home 55-44 in early February.
BRIGGSDALE ELIMINATES NUCLA 55-32
Three players tallied double figures for Briggsdale as the Falcons put an end to the season for Nucla, 55-32 in the consolation semifinals. Jodel Erickson scored seven of her game-high 19 points during a 15-0 run in the first half, putting Briggsdale up 22-7 early in the second quarter. The closest the Mustangs would get the rest of the way would be 11. Nikki Anderson added 11 points for Briggsdale and Kimberlyn Krise chipped in 10 off the bench. Taryn Sickels led Nucla with 10 and Carlie Wytulka added eight.
Briggsdale will play for the consolation championship on Saturday morning, while Nucla finishes the year at 14-11.
EADS UPSETS ANTONITO 51-41
Antonito saw its run at perfection halted in the quarterfinals and a 51-41 loss to Eads in the consolation semifinals put an end to the season for the Trojans. Eads led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but Antonito put a rally together in the second half. With 3:30 to play in the contest, the Trojans trailed by one (40-39) and had possession, but they failed to score and Eads put the game away with an 11-2 run. Kaylee Wilson and Miranda Mitchek both tallied 13 points for the Eagles, and Mariah Smith added 12. Joslyn Garcia had 11 to lead the Trojans, while Erykah Tallman finished with 10.
Eads, the #7 seed, will face #5 Briggsdale for the consolation championship on Saturday morning. Antonito ends the campaign at 23-2.