1A TEAM CAPSULES (GIRLS)

Seeded second and unbeaten on the season, South Baca is one of seven teams trying to unseat two-time state champion Kit Carson in Class 1A. PHOTO BY JOHN CONTRERAS

A loaded field is lined up, trying to prevent Kit Carson from winning a third straight championship. The Wildcats are one of two unbeaten teams in the bracket, along with #2 South Baca. Those two are on opposite sides of the bracket and could meet in the title game. However, both will have to get through a bracket that does not have a team with more than five losses.

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

 

#1 KIT CARSON WILDCATS (22-0)

COACH: Sara Crawford

STATE TITLES: 2018, 2017

LEAGUE: Won High Plains title (5-0), won District 2 title

REGIONALS: Beat Wiley 65-27

STREAK: Won 74 straight, 120-2 over the last five seasons

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 2-0

  •                 Wins: Limon, Haxtun
  •                 Losses:

TEAM NOTES: Two time defending champions – consolation champions in 2016 – 3rd place in 2015 – outscored opponents by 743 points on the season, only allowed 602 – scored at least 60 points in a game 11 times – did not play a game decided by single digits – closest games: Haxtun 59-49, Genoa-Hugo 54-42, Limon 51-38

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Tess Hornung 18.5 8.3 2.0 2.0 17
Olivia Isenbart 11.1 6.6 0.9 1.2
Reyna Isenbart 8.1 3.6 2.8 1.8 23
McKenzie Smith 6.6 3.2 2.1 1.8 29
Haley Johnson 6.0 2.5 3.4 1.7 9
Cally Booker-Rady 2.5 3.7 0.5 0.6

 

#8 ELBERT BULLDOGS (18-3)

COACH: BJ Wangerow

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: Won Black Forest title (7-0), won District 7 title

REGIONALS: Beat North Park 57-42

STREAK: Won 12 straight and 14 of 15

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-0

  •                 Wins: None
  •                 Losses: None

TEAM NOTES: First appearance since 1999 – most wins in a season since also winning 18 in 2009-10 – outscored opponents by 315 points on the season – 4-1 in games decided by single digits

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Graycee Lay 12.2 7.3 2.0 2.9 8
Olivia Lay 9.9 7.9 1.5 2.7 1
Kinsey Bitterman 8.4 8.2 1.2 1.1
Maisen Avent 4.6 2.6 0.5 1.2 4
Alyssa Archuleta 4.2 3.3 1.1 1.4 14

 

#4 BRIGGSDALE FALCONS (21-2)

COACH: Colin Nicklas

STATE TITLES: None

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

REGIONALS: Beat Merino 45-32

STREAK: Won 1, 7 of 8

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 2-2

  •                 Wins: De Beque, Fleming
  •                 Losses: Fleming (2)

TEAM NOTES: Beat De Beque 35-31 in Idalia Tournament – won first 14 games of the season – fourth consecutive 20+ win season – fourth straight appearance, fifth in last six seasons – 3rd place last year – consolation champs in 2017 – runner-up in 2016 and 2008 – outscored opponents by 492 points on the season – 5-2 in games decided by single digits

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Shelby Hoffman 16.4 3.0 3.1 3.0 13
Kylie Krise 15.7 6.0 2.9 3.1 16
Courtney Krise 5.6 3.0 0.9 1.0 3
Makennah Tucker 4.3 1.7 1.7 1.5 5
Kimberlyn Krise 4.2 6.2 1.1 2.3
Hannah Fiscus 3.6 4.4 3.7 2.0 6

 

#5 DE BEQUE DRAGONS (18-3)

COACH: Aaron Largent

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: Tied for 2nd in Western Slope (9-2), won District 1

REGIONALS: Beat Genoa-Hugo/Karval 54-33

STREAK: Won 10 straight

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-2

  •                 Wins: None
  •                 Losses: Briggsdale, Meeker

TEAM NOTES: First winning season since 2006-07 – first appearance since 2005 (0-2) – consolation champs in 2004 – outscored opponents by 516 points on the season – 2-2 in games decided by single digits

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Faith Novess 16.5 11.3 1.2 4.2 2
Jentry Largent 15.7 3.3 3.6 2.8 35
Madison Scott 8.0 3.6 2.0 2.0 4
Railey Largent 5.1 2.4 3.2 3.6 1
Jadyn Graham 3.6 4.4 0.1 0.8
Kendell Conway 3.1 1.5 0.7 1.3 1

 

#2 SOUTH BACA PATRIOTS (20-0)

COACH: Thomas Jacobs

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: Won Ark Valley title (4-0), won District 3 title

REGIONALS: Beat McClave 49-38

STREAK: Won 20 straight

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-0

  •                 Wins: None
  •                 Losses: None

TEAM NOTES: Third 20+ win season in last four years  – sixth consecutive winning season, one in previous five seasons – 3rd place in 2017 – outscored opponents by 567 points, allowed 543 – only one game decided by single digits (50-44 over Eads)

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Alissa Hebberd 12.7 10.1 1.4 3.2 1
Delaney Eskew 11.8 2.9 4.7 3.4 31
Patience Crane 8.7 2.6 2.6 2.7 33
Alison Wilson 7.8 4.1 2.3 1.1
Jentry Patrick 5.2 1.1 1.4 1.1 5
Kieley Stegman 4.9 2.8 0.3 1.1 9

 

#7 HAXTUN BULLDOGS (18-5)

COACH: Rich Gerk

STATE TITLES: None

LEAGUE: Tied for 3rd in Lower Platte (5-3), won District 5

REGIONALS: Beat Idalia 50-44

STREAK: Won 4 straight and 6 of 8

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 1-3

  •                 Wins: Fleming
  •                 Losses: Wray, Kit Carson, Yuma

TEAM NOTES: First season back in 1A – won 2A consolation championship in 2017 – 1A consolation champs (2008) – 1A 3rd place (2007) – outscored opponents by 379 points on the season – 2-3 in games decided by single digits

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Dawson Knode 18.0 11.0 4.8 4.4 15
Brooklyn Davis 9.6 5.3 1.0 2.0 10
Molly Brown 8.1 2.0 2.9 2.0 34
McKenna Andersen 5.2 5.5 0.8 1.4
Taylor Schram 4.7 2.7 1.0 1.5 9
Riley Thompson 2.6 2.1 1.1 0.8 5

 

#3 SANGRE DE CRISTO THUNDERBIRDS (21-2)

COACH: Brice Crowther

STATE TITLES: 1985, 1984

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

REGIONALS: Beat Springfield 53-41

STREAK: Won 11 straight and 16 of 17

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 0-2

  •                 Wins: None
  •                 Losses: Del Norte, Swink

TEAM NOTES: Second straight 20+ win season, fourth in five years, fifth in seven – 3rd place in 2016 – runner-up in 2015 – outscored opponents by 738 points on the season, allowed 589 – only one game decided by single digits (42-33 over Kim/Branson) – held three opponents to single digits and eight more under 20 points – leading scorer Kylee Christensen (14.1 ppg) out with injury since 1/25

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Jessica Slane 14.0 7.6 2.2 4.0 15
Lexi Metz 8.6 2.1 2.7 3.4 10
Tori Ford 7.5 2.2 2.3 1.9 14
Avery Palmgren 6.0 4.5 2.7 3.6 6
Ashley Mortensen 4.1 3.4 2.1 2.9 6
Makenzie Rogers 3.9 3.4 1.2 1.4 2

 

#6 FLEMING WILDCATS (20-3)

COACH: Randy Kirkwood

STATE TITLES: 1981

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

REGIONALS: Beat Arickaree/Woodlin 60-47

STREAK: Won 7 straight and 18 of 19

RECORD VS STATE TEAMS: 2-2

  •                 Wins: Briggsdale (2)
  •                 Losses: Haxtun, Briggsdale

TEAM NOTES: Fourth consecutive 20+ win season – 4th place last year – runner-up in 2017 and 2011 – consolation champs in 2010 – outscored opponents by 412 points on the season – 3-2 in games decided by single digits (all three with Briggsdale were by single digits)

NAME PTS REBS ASSTS STEALS 3-POINT
Kendyl Kirkwood 16.4 13.1 1.5 2.4 2
Jenna Lengfelder 14.0 4.3 2.8 4.0 16
Whitney Chintala 12.1 4.7 5.9 4.3 21
Jordan Alvarez 4.3 5.2 0.4 1.2
Zoey Vanderbark 3.1 3.6 1.3 1.9
Samantha Pope 2.1 2.0 0.4 0.7

 

 


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.
Kerry Sherman
About Kerry Sherman 112 Articles
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.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Kerry. Could you please check ion Briggsdales record. They won a state title 4or 5 years ago I believe. Thanks.

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