Back to the Dog House: Moffat County girls to see familiar playoff foes at home in regional basketball |

Back to the Dog House: Moffat County girls to see familiar playoff foes at home in regional basketball

Moffat County High School's Jaci McDiffett soars in for the layup against Grand Valley during the district tournament. Lady Bulldogs were seeded eighth heading into the state playoffs and will host Round of 32 and Sweet 16 games.
Andy Bockelman

Moffat County High School girls hoops learned Sunday which teams will make the trek to Northwest Colorado, and the coming rounds will feel like the playoff games of yesteryear.

MCHS will be one of eight teams to be a hosting site for the regional round of the 3A CHSAA state playoffs, with the Round of 32 Friday and the Sweet 16 to follow Saturday.

Seeded eighth in the postseason after a Saturday championship win of the 3A Western Slope League district round, Moffat County’s next opponent will be 25th-ranked Bishop Machebeuf of Denver.

The Buffaloes stand at 13-10 overall, finishing sixth in the 3A Metro League’s district event.

Moffat County saw a Sweet 16 loss of 54-48 to the Buffs in 2014 only for the Bulldogs to strike back in 2015 with a 73-54 victory in the same round to progress to the Great 8 for the first time.

It was there that the Lady Dogs took a brutal 61-32 beating from Parker team Lutheran. History repeated in 2016 as the Lions bested MCHS again, 55-40, this time en route to their own state title.

Lutheran will be in Craig this weekend, starting with Friday’s Round of 32, the No. 9 Lions 17-5 overall, finishing the Metro district tourney with a loss to 3A’s top seed, Kent Denver.

Lutheran will play on the Moffat County court against the 24th-ranked The Academy, of Westminster. The Wildcats finished the year 15-7 complete with a district championship win against 3A Frontier foes Middle Park.

The two Friday victors will play Saturday for entry into the Great 8, and though the Lady Dogs last faced Lutheran before he headed the basketball program, coach Kenley Nebeker relishes the chance to get some long-overdue payback.

“Excited for the challenge,” he said.

Games take place at 5 and 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at MCHS.

2018 CHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournaments Class 3A