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Moffat County hoops hosting first two rounds of state tourney

Lady Bulldogs meet Eagle Ridge Academy Friday; winner plays Monte Vista or Platte Valley

Moffat County High School's Kayla Pinnt is airborne during the Lady Bulldogs' district championship win against Olathe. MCHS will host the Round of 32 Friday, with the Bulldogs seeded fourth and playing 29th Eagle Ridge Academy. The winner will meet either Monte Vista or Platte Valley Saturday during the Sweet 16, also at MCHS.

With 32 girls basketball teams entering the playoff race this weekend, the first day will see half of them eliminated from contention, and Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School girls intend to be one of those who make it to the Sweet 16. girls intend to be one of those who make it to the Sweet 16.

Moffat County High School girls intend to be one of those who make it to the Sweet 16.

If you go

Moffat County High School girls basketball vs. Eagle Ridge Academy

7 p.m. Friday

MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

— Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. MCHS is ranked fourth in the 3A playoffs, while Eagle Ridge is 29th. Monte Vista (13) and Platte Valley (20) will play first at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Winners of each game will meet in the Sweet 16 round at 1 p.m. Saturday, also at MCHS.

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The regional rounds of the 3A state tournament begin Friday, and while Western Slope League schools Olathe, Grand Valley and Coal Ridge each take to the road, the Lady Bulldogs can look forward to a postseason start on their home court.

The Dog House will host three games this weekend, starting with a Friday night face-off between Monte Vista and Platte Valley, ranked 13th and 20th in the brackets compiled by Colorado High School Activities Associationbrackets compiled by Colorado High School Activities Association, respectively., respectively.

brackets compiled by Colorado High School Activities Association, respectively.

The Monte Vista Pirates are 16-6 and finished third in the Intermountain League, a conference ruled over by Pagosa Springs, last year's state champion and this year's top seed, undefeated in their last 47 games following a loss in the 2014 finals.

The Platte Valley Broncos, based in Kersey, is 12-10, the fourth-place finisher of the 3A/2A Patriot League, led by the fearsome Sterling Tigers, 21-1, ranked second in the brackets.

Monte Vista's points average is 47.7 per game, as listed on MaxPreps47.7 per game, as listed on MaxPreps, with the Broncos trailing only slightly at , with the Broncos trailing only slightly at 46.3 per game while owning a higher field goal percentage of 3346.3 per game while owning a higher field goal percentage of 33 to the Pirates’ 26, making for a close game. to the Pirates' 26, making for a close game.

47.7 per game, as listed on MaxPreps, with the Broncos trailing only slightly at 46.3 per game while owning a higher field goal percentage of 33 to the Pirates' 26, making for a close game.

Following that will be the home event, as fourth seed Moffat County readies for Brighton school Eagle Ridge Academy, standing at 29th in the playoffs.

The Warriors come in at 9-12 overall and 5-5 in the Confluence League, runner-up of last weekend's district tournament after a 37-26 defeat by Aurora West College Prep Academy.

Averaging 34.2 points per game as a team34.2 points per game as a team, Estrella Valdez leads the individual tally with 138 this year, while Sidney Glowicki has earned 10.7 per game, as well as 8.1 rebounds per game in her 12 outings on the court. Glowicki also averages the most steals per game at 3.8, though Jada Oberacker — one of only two Eagle Ridge players to get in every match this season — has the higher total in takeaways at 55., Estrella Valdez leads the individual tally with 138 this year, while Sidney Glowicki has earned 10.7 per game, as well as 8.1 rebounds per game in her 12 outings on the court. Glowicki also averages the most steals per game at 3.8, though Jada Oberacker — one of only two Eagle Ridge players to get in every match this season — has the higher total in takeaways at 55.

34.2 points per game as a team, Estrella Valdez leads the individual tally with 138 this year, while Sidney Glowicki has earned 10.7 per game, as well as 8.1 rebounds per game in her 12 outings on the court. Glowicki also averages the most steals per game at 3.8, though Jada Oberacker — one of only two Eagle Ridge players to get in every match this season — has the higher total in takeaways at 55.

In contrast, MCHS — 19-3 overall, 13-1 in WSL play, holding conference and district titles — has a scoring average of 62.9scoring average of 62.9, second only to Sterling’s 67.1 among 3A teams, led by Leah Camilletti, Morgan Lawton and Josey King., second only to Sterling's 67.1 among 3A teams, led by Leah Camilletti, Morgan Lawton and Josey King.

scoring average of 62.9, second only to Sterling's 67.1 among 3A teams, led by Leah Camilletti, Morgan Lawton and Josey King.

Camilletti and King lead WSL athletes in three-pointers, with Camilletti one of only two ranked players in the entire state to have hit more than half their attempts from outside, she and Swink's Taiylor Holland each boasting 51 percent in threesCamilletti one of only two ranked players in the entire state to have hit more than half their attempts from outside, she and Swink’s Taiylor Holland each boasting 51 percent in threes..

Camilletti one of only two ranked players in the entire state to have hit more than half their attempts from outside, she and Swink's Taiylor Holland each boasting 51 percent in threes.

Camilletti has 342 total points this year at a rate of 15.5 per game, as well as 57 percent successful shooting, for which she's ranked second among all 3A players.

Following close behind at 56 percent on field goals is Lawton, the WSL leader in rebounds per game at 10.6, tied for second in 3A in total numbers at 234 boards, as well as first in the division strictly counting rebounds on offense at 123.

Lawton has also taken 12 double-doubles in the Lady Bulldogs' 22 games, ranked third in the accomplishment for 3A.

Defensively, Kayla Pinnt, Katia Voloshin, Alex Hamilton and Mattie Jo Duzik lead the charge, with Duzik in front for blocks at 18, third in the WSL, and Pinnt the top player in all of 3A when it comes to steals, 106 total. Her rate of 5.3 steals per game has her ranked sixth in a list of players across every division.

While the Lady Dogs have a sizable advantage in statistics, their latest opponent is no less of a threat when each game could be their last, meaning the home crowd should be ready to pack the gym.

The winners of Friday's games will move on to the Sweet 16 Saturday afternoon, the last round before a trip to Denver the following week to join the Great Eight, then the Final Four and ultimately the championship.

Friday ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Monte Vista and Platte Valley play at 5:30 p.m., followed by MCHS and Eagle Ridge at 7 p.m.

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If you go

Moffat County High School girls basketball vs. Eagle Ridge Academy

7 p.m. Friday

MCHS, 900 Finley Lane

— Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. MCHS is ranked fourth in the 3A playoffs, while Eagle Ridge is 29th. Monte Vista (13) and Platte Valley (20) will play first at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Winners of each game will meet in the Sweet 16 round at 1 p.m. Saturday, also at MCHS.