Two days after winning a share of the Western Slope League title, the Moffat County High School girls varsity basketball team learned its postseason fate Sunday.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 17, will face 16-seeded Erie High School in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Friday in Longmont.
Longmont was awarded the number one overall seed in the Lou Piel Region, and the first two rounds will be hosted on its home court.
Erie (18-5) will have a short trip for the game, only about 11 miles, while the Bulldogs (16-7) will have to travel about 230 miles.
Bulldogs coach Matt Ray said he was happy with his team’s draw.
“I figured we would be ranked in the 20’s,” he said. “So, we are higher than expected and got about the same draw as Glenwood Springs and Delta.”
MCHS, Glenwood and Delta finished the season tied in the WSL and split the league title three ways.
Glenwood (18-4) is ranked 15 and Delta (17-6) is ranked 19 in the tournament.
Ray said he didn’t know anything about Erie’s team, aside from the statistics.
“Basically, in practice, we are going to work on our offense and fine-tune things,” he said. “If they run zone or man-to-man defense, we will run the same offense.”
Statistically, Ray said Erie has a guard who is averaging about 14 points per game. The next two leading scorers average about six points per game each.
MCSH senior Lauren Roberts and junior Melissa Camilletti are averaging 11 points per game and junior Annie Sadvar is scoring around six points per game.
“Just looking at stats, (Erie) looks like they have a similar team to us,” Ray said. “They really only have five players who score, so I think we have a deeper team than them.”
Heading into the playoffs, Ray said his team wouldn’t change anything about execution.
“We are going to go in with the same style and run hardnosed man-to-man defense,” he said. “We want to keep everything the same and keep playing hard.”
If the Bulldogs get past Erie, they would face either Longmont (22-1) or number 32 Windsor (12-11) on Saturday.
“I am glad we didn’t have to face the number one team on the first day,” Ray said. “We know we would have to face them eventually, but we get a game’s experience first.
“The second games are usually the tough ones.”
If the Bulldogs can play their style of game, Ray said he thinks his team has a great opportunity in the tournament.
“If we can compete with Erie and win, we have a chance of upsetting Longmont,” he said. “You never know what can happen.”