Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball coach Craig Mortensen goes over the game plan during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the state playoff opener against John F. Kennedy High School.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball coach Craig Mortensen goes over the game plan during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the state playoff opener against John F. Kennedy High School.

MCHS girls basketball faces No. 1 seed Centaurus on Friday

Tuesday’s Class 4A State tournament results

(seed in parentheses)

Tanya Haave Region

Winning Team, Losing Team

Mitchell (8) 54, Canon City (9) 38

Wheat Ridge (5) 43, Silver Creek (12) 31

Castle View (10) 39, Fossil Ridge (7) 36

Berthoud (6) 50 , Prairie View (11) 37

■ Broomfield (1), Valor Christian (2), East (3) and Steamboat Springs (4) all had first-round byes

Tracy Hill Region

Rock Canyon (8) 45, Sierra (9) 41

Windsor (5) 39, Vista Ridge (12) 36

Glenwood (7) 59, Montezuma (10) 54

Mountain View (11) 60, Widefield (6) 42

■ Pueblo South (1), Conifer (2), Montrose (3) and Falcon (4) all had first-round byes

Brenda House Region

Golden (8) 52, Niwot (9) 47

Thompson Valley (5) 54, Alameda (12) 30

Greeley West (7) 56, Pueblo County (10) 43

Harrison (6) 46, Pueblo Central (11) 40

■ Mesa Ridge (1), Mullen (2), Roosevelt (3) and Pueblo West (4) all had first-round byes

Lou Piel Region

Moffat County (8)43, John F. Kennedy (9) 38

Evergreen (5) 60, Palisade (12) 31

Lewis-Palmer (7) 58, Arvada (10) 28

Sterling (11) 53, D’Evelyn (6) 46

■ Centaurus (1), Rifle (2), Cheyenne Mountain (3) and Longmont (4) all had first-round byes

— Since the basketball bracket was invented, there have been upsets.

If Adrie Camp and her Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball teammates have their way, the Bulldogs will join the list of playoff spoilers.

Playing against the Lou Piel division’s No. 1-seeded Centaurus High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in Lafayette, Camp and MCHS will try to extend their playoff run.

And Camp, a sophomore, believes the Bulldogs can upset a top-ranked team.

The Bulldogs, who are seeded eighth in the their division, are coming off a Tuesday night home win against John F. Kennedy High School to open the state tournament.

MCHS never trailed against the Commanders, and won, 43-38, with 15 points from junior Lauren Roberts.

“It was cool we were up the whole game,” Camp said. “We were definitely able to psych ourselves up.”

Camp said the team also received a boost from a large home crowd.

“It was exciting,” she said. “We went from being on the verge of not making the playoffs to having a home game.

“That was definitely a confidence booster.”

The Bulldogs will need all the confidence they can muster against the Warriors (20-3 overall, 13-1 in the 4A Jeffco League) who are ranked third overall in Class 4A behind Broomfield and Mesa Ridge.

Centaurus opened its season with five straight wins but fell to Mesa Ridge, Wheat Ridge and Longmont.

Centaurus has not lost since a Jan. 6 defeat against Longmont.

A win streak spanning 15 games earned the Warriors a No. 1 seed.

Through 23 games this season, the Warriors have scored an average of 56 points per game, while allowing 39.

Through 24 games, Moffat County has scored a total of 999 points for an average of 41.6 per game.

The Bulldogs’ opponents have scored 1,001 total points for an average of 41.7 points per game.

The two teams have not shared any common opponents this season.

MCHS has had to play a top seed before, the last time coming last year, when they were matched up with Class 4A powerhouse Broomfield High School in the Sweet 16.

Last year, fourth-seeded MCHS rolled D’Evelyn in the second round before losing to Broomfield, the eventual state champion.

In 2008, MCHS made it to the quarterfinals but fell to eventual state runner-up Silver Creek.

And in 2007, MCHS lost in the Sweet 16 to Rifle and in 2006 fell in the Final Four to state runner-up, Regis Jesuit.

In a year that MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said he wanted his team to take gradual steps to keep improving, beating Centaurus will require more than that.

“We need to take two steps forward,” he said. “We’ll have to rise to the challenge.”

Mortensen has yet to miss the playoffs since the format was switched to mirror the NCAA system.

To make it to the Sweet 16, the Bulldogs will have to get by a team Mortensen said is “pretty well-balanced.”

“They have five kids who are averaging more than 10 points a game,” he said.

But if the Bulldogs can’t come from Centaurus with a win, Mortensen said the experience would help his young team next year and beyond.

“We get an opportunity to play another playoff game,” he said. “I think it will be good for them. Each game, they get more confident, more experience.

“It’s all positive for us.”

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