1A GIRLS STATE TOURNAMENT CAPSULES

A new champion is guaranteed, as Springfield knocked three-time titlist Kit Carson out in the regional semifinals. Four of the eight teams in the field have at least 20 wins, with two more needing one victory to reach that milestone. After one year away, the tournament returns to UNC-Greeley, with the championship contest shifting to the Loveland Events Center on Saturday.

Individual statistics quoted below are courtesy of MaxPreps. Teams are listed in bracket order.

 

#1 SPRINGFIELD LONGHORNS (20-2)

COACH: Kevin Stolebarger

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: Won Ark Valley title (4-0), 2nd in District 3

REGIONALS: Beat Kit Carson 38-29, Genoa-Hugo 59-41

STREAK: Won 2 straight, 19 of last 20

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 4-1

Wins: Holly (2), McClave, South Baca

Losses: South Baca

TEAM NOTES: Defeated first round opponent (McClave) 57-37 in regular season – won 17 straight games between losses – went 5-0 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents 1101-697 – won title at Lamar Holiday Tournament – second appearance in program history (1982)

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Julia Mondragon 14.9 6.0 0.5 1.8 3
Alexis Crane 8.4 2.4 1.6 2.6 37
Kylie Parks 8.0 2.2 2.0 2.3 17
Brinlyn Dukes 4.5 3.9 1.6 2.8 16
Payton Arbuthnot 4.5 2.1 0.6 1.5 9
Melanie Woller 4.5 3.3 0.4 1.0 1

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#8 McCLAVE CARDINALS (16-6)

COACH: Brianne Howe

STATE TITLES: 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004

LEAGUE: 2nd in Mile High (3-2), won District 2 title

REGIONALS: Beat Kim/Branson 32-24

STREAK: Won 3 straight and 8 of 9

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-2

Wins: None

Losses: Springfield, South Baca

TEAM NOTES: First appearance since 2011 – outscored opponents by 125 points on the season – 6-1 in games decided by single digits – 13th state tournament appearance

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Anna Beckett 15.0 4.9 3.2 4.3 7
Maggie Chase 8.9 7.8 3.7 2.7 7
Katie Roesch 8.5 3.5 1.5 2.7 5
Tehya Dickerson 3.4 3.3 0.3 1.0 1
McKenzie Kiniston 3.2 5.6 0.8 1.6

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#4 FLEMING WILDCATS (21-2)

COACH: Randy Kirkwood

STATE TITLES: 1981 (A-II)

LEAGUE: Tied with Briggsdale for North Central title (7-1), 2nd in District 4

REGIONALS: Beat Lone Star 52-45

STREAK: Won 1, 18 of last 19

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 1-2

Wins: Briggsdale

Losses: Briggsdale (2)

TEAM NOTES: Overcame 18-point halftime deficit in regional final – won 17 games between losses to Briggsdale – fifth consecutive 20+ win season – fourth place last two seasons – runner-up in 2017 and 2011 – consolation champ in 2010 – outscored opponents by 511 points on the season – 10th state tournament appearance – 2-1 in games decided by single digits – Kendyl Kirkwood went over 1000 career points during season

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Whitney Chintala 18.8 3.4 4.2 4.6 32
Kendyl Kirkwood 18.4 12.3 2.3 3.9 3
Kally Kirkwood (IR) 10.1 5.1 4.5 3.9 10
Zoey Vandenbark 6.1 2.4 2.0 2.5 20
Lexi Schaefer 2.3 1.0 0.8 1.2 1
Samantha Pope 2.1 3.0 0.9 1.0 1

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#5 SHINING MOUNTAIN WALDORF LIONS (18-5)

COACH: Mike Hawkes

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: 2nd in 5280 (5-1), 2nd in District 8

REGIONALS: Beat Flatirons Academy 39-28

STREAK: Won 1, 5 of last 6

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-2

Wins: None

Losses: Briggsdale (2)

TEAM NOTES: First state appearance in program history – avenged two losses to Flatirons Academy with win in regional final – most wins since 2008-09 (also 18 wins) – 5-3 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents by 335 points

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Lola Conaway 12.9 6.3 0.4 1.3 10
Frances Hilliard 11.2 4.3 2.3 2.9 28
Kalea Zeender 10.4 7.2 1.7 3.5 10
Sophia Matarrese 6.0 8.1 0.7 1.7 4
Olivia Jabari 4.4 2.0 1.6 1.9 8
Anna Gromicko 2.1 2.3 0.2 0.4

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#2 BRIGGSDALE FALCONS (22-1)

COACH: Colin Nicklas

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: Tied with Briggsdale for North Central title (7-1), won District 4 title

REGIONALS: Beat Merino 61-35

STREAK: Won 9 straight

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 4-1

Wins: Fleming (2), Shining Mountain (2)

Losses: Fleming

TEAM NOTES: Fifth straight 20+ win season – seventh straight season with at least 17 wins – fifth consecutive tournament appearance – sixth in last seven years – eighth since 2008 – runner-up in 2016, 2008 – 3rd place last two years and 2010 – 3-1 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents 1447-715 – Shelby Hoffman went over 1000 career points during the season

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Kylie Krise 20.9 7.9 3.5 3.3 38
Shelby Hoffman 15.0 2.2 4.0 3.3 21
Peyton Nicklas 9.9 4.3 3.1 2.5 31
Macie Klem 5.3 5.0 1.1 2.0 4
Makennah Tucker 4.8 1.9 1.8 2.9 3
Jillian Bauer 2.8 3.2 0.9 2.8 1
Emily Johnson 2.8 4.4 0.7 0.8

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#7 COTOPAXI PIRATES (19-4)

COACH: Troy Thornton

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: 2nd in Southern Peaks (9-1), 2nd in District 6

REGIONALS: Beat Dove Creek 41-32

STREAK: Won 1, 10 of last 11

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-4

Wins: None

Losses: Sangre de Cristo (2), Rye, South Baca

TEAM NOTES: Fourth tournament appearance – first since 1991 – one win in three previous appearances – 2-1 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents by 492 points – Koylynn Gulliford has 10 of 23 career double-doubles this season and is two blocks away from 150 in career

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Koylynn Gulliford 16.0 9.1 1.1 4.4 5
Shealee Coleman 10.0 2.4 2.5 2.7 16
Claire Carlson 8.6 2.0 2.8 4.8 1
Sage Laymon 5.1 3.0 1.1 1.9 15
Annalise Walker 4.1 3.2 0.7 1.8 2
Jamie Sanchez 3.0 3.4 2.7 2.4 2

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#3 SOUTH BACA PATRIOTS (19-3)

COACH: Thomas Jacobs

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: 2nd in Ark Valley (3-1), won District 3 title

REGIONALS: Beat Eads 54-18

STREAK: Won 3 straight, 5 of last 6

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 4-2

Wins: Del Norte, Springfield, McClave, Cotopaxi

Losses: Springfield, Boise City (OK)

TEAM NOTES: Seeking fourth straight season with at least 20 wins – seventh consecutive winning season, one in previous five – consolation champion last year – third place in 2017 – fourth place in 2016 – 2-0 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents by 586 points – Delaney Eskew went over 1000 career points during the season

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Delaney Eskew 13.9 1.9 4.4 2.7 41
Alissa Hebberd 13.7 10.6 1.3 4.7 1
Alison Wilson 8.8 4.5 1.6 1.7
Patience Crane 8.5 3.2 3.3 1.9 25
Jentry Patrick 5.1 1.0 1.2 1.3 7
Jami Quick 4.1 3.1 0.3 0.6 1
Kieley Stegman 3.5 2.1 0.8 0.6 6

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#6 SANGRE DE CRISTO THUNDERBIRDS (20-3)

COACH: Dave Forster

STATE TITLES: 1985 (A-II), 1984 (A-I)

LEAGUE: Won Southern Peaks title (10-0), won District 6 title

REGIONALS: Beat De Beque 51-33

STREAK: Won 9 straight, 15 of last 16

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 2-2

Wins: Cotopaxi (2)

Losses: Sanford, Del Norte

TEAM NOTES: Head coach Dave Forster was assistant coach when program won last title in 1985 – third straight 20+ win season, fifth in sixth years, sixth in last eight – third place in 2016 – runner-up in 2015 – 2-1 in games decided by single digits – outscored opponents 1168-550

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Kylee Christensen 14.4 2.5 2.7 4.2 35
Ashley Mortensen 8.5 4.2 1.0 3.0 9
Tori Ford 5.7 1.8 0.8 1.5 19
Makenzie Rogers 5.3 4.9 0.5 1.8 2
Lexis Metz 5.1 2.9 1.2 1.7 7
Avery Palmgren 4.9 4.4 0.7 1.8 3

 

 


Kerry Sherman

Kerry Sherman

Kerry Sherman is a lifelong resident of eastern Colorado. He started covering high school sports in 1991, focusing on the smaller classifications. He has also coached boys basketball at Woodlin, Otis & Weldon Valley. In his spare time, Kerry substitute teaches at area schools. He and his wife, Colleen, live on the family farm near Anton, along with their three Corgi mutts, Selene, Caesar & Helios.

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