Projected starting five (points per game average in parenthesis):
Moffat County Broomfield
Danette Crofts (6.1) Chaundra Sewell (12.5)
Alicia Nelson (8.6) Adrianna Prins (13.4)
Ariel Sanchez (8.9) Sophia Rhodes (9.8)
Courtney Edington (9.9) Autumn Chase (8.3)
Kylie Bauman (5.2) Alex Biegner (5.3)
Keys to victory
Craig Mortensen's three keys to victory:
1. Control the ball.
2. Good shot selection.
3. "Hope they don't score the first quarter."
Mike Croell's three keys to victory:
1. Play great defense.
2. Avoid foul trouble.
3. Be patient on offense.
Moffat County High School girls basketball coach Craig Mortensen would be the first to admit today's Sweet 16 opponent Broomfield High School is a tough matchup.
The Eagles (24-0 overall, 16-0 Northern League) are the top-ranked 4A team in the state, the two-time defending state champions and have won 14 of 24 games by at least 40 points.
But, the Bulldogs didn't get this far from shying away from competition.
"It's going to be the biggest challenge we've had this year," Mortensen said. "It'll be tough, but the score is 0-0 when you start."
The Bulldogs (16-8 overall, 12-2 Western Slope League) have won 11 of their last 12 games to earn a spot in today's 6:30 p.m. game at the ThunderDome in Denver.
"We're playing a lot better now than at the beginning of the season," Mortensen said. "We are playing together better. I think everybody knows what they can do and what they shouldn't be doing."
The Eagles haven't lost a game since Feb. 1, 2008 - a three-point defeat at Silver Creek High School.
"These girls don't buy into records," Broomfield coach Mike Croell said. "If you were to ask them our record, they wouldn't know. They don't worry about things like that.
"The thing about high school basketball is, on any given day, anything can happen."
Moffat County averages 49.3 points per game on offense and 40.3 ppg defensively.
Courtney Edington leads a balanced Moffat County attack, averaging 9.6 ppg. Ariel Sanchez (8.9 ppg), Alicia Nelson (8.6), Danette Crofts (5.8) and Kylie Bauman (4.9) round out the MCHS starting five.
"We're playing to our strengths," Mortensen said. "We've been playing pretty good defense, and our shot selection has actually been pretty good. You may not think that if you looked at our box score and it says that we make more threes than we do twos, but actually that's what we're better at. It's either going to work or it's not going to work. That's what we are."
Broomfield averages 72.8 ppg on offense this season, and is holding the opposition to 28.8 ppg.
Adrianna Prins (13.4 ppg), Chaundra Sewell (12.5), Sophia Rhodes (9.8), Autumn Chase (8.3) and Alex Biegner (5.3) will start for the Eagles.
"I'm lucky to have a pretty special group of seniors," Croell said. "It's one of those once in a lifetime-type rosters. Every year things seem to go our way."
Broomfield may have the lofty numbers, ranking and an all-star roster, but games are played on the hardwood, not on paper.
"All of that really doesn't matter," Mortensen said. "We've done quite well for where we're at. We've been hovering at a good level of play. We just have to go out and give it everything we've got. We can't leave anything out there on the court."