Hoopin' it up on home hardwood

Bulldog girls earn No. 1 seed, get playoff games at home

The road to the state championship for the Moffat County High School girls basketball team will be the one less traveled.

In fact, if the Bulldogs win all of their games, MCHS won't have to travel at all until the Final Four at the Coors Event Center in Boulder on March 7, with the championship on March 9.

The Bulldogs posted a 21-2 regular season mark, helping them earn a No. 1 seed in the Tanya Haave region, giving them a first-round bye.

"It's pretty neat to get a No. 1 seed," coach Craig Mortensen said. "I'm pretty excited, and I'm sure all of the girls are, too. What we have to do now is defend our home court to get to the final four. ... It's nice that the state thought that well of us."

The first round of the playoffs start today, and the Bulldogs will host the winner of tonight's Greeley West (13-10)-Conifer (10-13) match-up at 7 p.m. Friday.

Mortensen said he doesn't know much about either team, but "we've got somebody who's going to take a look at them for us, and get us a scouting report."

If the Bulldogs win Friday's game, they will host the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight from March 2 to 3.

"They will all travel to our place," Mortensen said. "We get to watch them all, and they will get to watch us, too. ... Hopefully, we can take care of business."

Bulldog opponents that round will be whoever wins out among No. 4 seeded Evergreen (15-7), Rifle (15-6) and. D'Evelyn (8-15).

The lone Colorado team to beat the Bulldogs this season is in the same region, Glenwood Springs. MCHS could face its Western Slope foe in the regional championship, but the No. 3 seeded Demons have to win their second-round game against the winner of the Northridge (15-8), Summit (8-13) game.

Then Glenwood has to get past one of the following teams: No. 2 seed Pueblo Central (17-4), Thomas Jefferson (13-10) or Longmont (10-13).

Other state teams earning a No. 1 seeds include: in the Tracy Hill Region, Golden (20-3); in the Lou Piel Region, Sierra (17-5); and in the Brenda House Region, Broomfield (22-1).

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